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J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, cum laude, 2013

  • Dean’s List
  • Dean Advisory Council
  • Global Business Law Review, Managing Publications Editor
  • Cleveland-Marshall Trial Team member
  • Editor ofThe Gavel (Law school student newspaper)
  • International Law Students Association Treasurer
  • CALI High ‘A’ in Scholarly Writing

B.A., Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, 2003

  • Dean’s List
  • Sports Editor of The Post (Independent student newspaper)
  • Society of Professional Journalists

Bar Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2015
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From guardianships to estate plans, to trust and estate administration, our probate department brings experienced advocacy to every angle. Not only can we help you navigate complicated estate, trust, and guardianship issues, but our experience comes from litigating these disputes efficiently and economically.

As a shareholder of Reminger’s Probate Litigation Department, Paul has statewide experience involving an array of million-dollar estate, trust, and guardianship issues such as undue influence, power of attorney abuse, and financial exploitation. An award-winning journalist who worked at daily newspapers around the country before becoming a lawyer, Paul employs the writing and investigation skills he developed as a reporter to maximize results in litigation. Whether you are ready to plan your estate, need questions answered after a family member dies, or believe litigation is necessary to challenge wills, beneficiary designations, or other bad acts, Paul has guided clients through post-death land, corporate, divorce, and oil-and-gas lease disputes.

Paul regularly lectures on estate and trust administration and litigation topics across the state of Ohio. He is an officer for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Section.

Honors & Recognitions

Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine

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2012 Sidney A. Levin Award
-Best Legal Writing Paper for Student Note: Troubled Agreement for Troubled Waters: How an Amended Boundary Waters Treaty Can Solve the Great Lakes Agreement's Fatal Flaws, published in 2013 Cleveland-Marshall Global Business Law Review

North Carolina Press Association Awards 2010
-First place, sports news

North Carolina Press Association Awards 2009
-Second place, sports news

Pacific NW SPJ Awards 2007
-First place, sports news

Pacific NW SPJ Awards 2006
-Third place, sports feature; Honorable mention, sports news

Inland Northwest SPJ Awards 2006
-Second place, general columns

Ohio AP Awards 2002
-Best sports columnist; sports game story, honorable mention

Eagle Scout
-Highest rank awarded by Boy Scouts of America

Professional Memberships & Community Affiliations

Ohio State Bar Association

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
-Speaker Chair, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Section

Representative Matters

Through effective cross examination at hearing (first chair), obtained client’s appointment as estate administrator over competing application by demonstrating other applicant was unsuitable to serve as the estate’s fiduciary. 

Used effective written discovery and took multiple depositions that led to summary judgment on breach of fiduciary duty claim against estate executor for failing to prudently invest the decedent’s assets.

 Obtained bench trial plaintiff’s verdict (third chair) and directed witnesses in plaintiff’s case in chief to help demonstrate elderly man’s caretaker exercised undue influence regarding his payable-on-death beneficiary designations.

Removed nominated executor (second chair) through effective hearing preparation and motion practice. 

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For a more complete list of trial results, please contact attorney.

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