Professional Experience

  • Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP
    Partner (August 1998 - Present)
  • Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (1973-1998)


  • Juris Doctor, Stanford Law School (1973)
  • B.A., with Honors, Valparaiso University (1970); Distinguished Alumni Award (2005)


  • All California State Courts
  • United States District Court; Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

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Richard A. Paul


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Rich Paul has been a fixture among California management employment lawyers for over 30 years, with a special emphasis on representing research and institutions of higher education, as well as community impact and other complex organizations, in transactions and litigation.

After graduating from Stanford Law School, Rich joined the Gray Cary firm, and became a partner and Chair of that firm’s Employment Law Group.  In 1998, Rich co-founded his own firm, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton, to continue focusing on private and public sector employment law issues for California employers and matters affecting high tech, research, higher education, arts and other community organizations.

Mr. Paul is a frequent lecturer on California and national employment law panels, having been an invited presenter in Chicago; Atlanta; New Orleans; Las Vegas; Scottsdale; Toronto; Washington, D.C.; and other venues.  He has been an Adjunct Professor of Employment Law at USD Law School for 20 years, and has been a regular lecturer at UCSD and a visiting lecturer at other law schools.  He has served on a variety of Boards, including the Editorial Review Board for the California Employment Law Letters, and is past Chairman of the Board of The San Diego Blood Bank.

Mr. Paul has been named annually by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1987.  He has also been ranked among the “Best Lawyers in San Diego” (San Diego Magazine), “Best Employment Lawyers in San Diego” (San Diego Daily Transcript), “San Diego Super Lawyers” (New York Times Supplement), “Best Labor and Employment Counsel in California” (Corporate Counsel Magazine), “Southern California Super Lawyers” (L.A. Times) and similar publications.  In 2010, he was invited to become a Fellow in the prestigious National College of Employment and Labor Lawyers.

Most recently, Mr. Paul has been selected as a 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor Law - Management in the San Diego area by Best Lawyers.  Mr. Paul was previously named in 2011 as Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Labor and Employment Law.  

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