Wm. Paul Lawrence, II

Of Counsel

Paul Lawrence serves of counsel to Waters Kraus & Paul and he offices in the Washington D.C. area. His practice focuses on class action and whistleblower litigation, including qui tam cases under state and federal false claims acts and whistleblower claims under the SEC, CFTC and IRS programs. Although Paul works in all areas of class action and whistleblower practice, including Medicare, Medicaid and defense contracting, he takes a special interest in fraud in the financial arena, including banking, securities and cooperatives. Recent class action experience for Paul includes serving as lead counsel for a class of electric cooperative members who recovered $98 million in patronage capital that had been wrongfully withheld from members of an Atlanta-area electric co-op. The resulting settlement has been heralded as the largest known in the history of Cobb County, Georgia.

Paul is a graduate of the Louisiana State University, where he earned both his bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Texas, Washington, and Virginia. Paul is a member of the American Bar Association and Taxpayers Against Fraud where he has served as committee chair. He is also a frequent speaker on qui tam and False Claims Act topics at the Taxpayers Against Fraud Annual Conference. Paul can be contacted through his paralegal in the firm’s Dallas, Texas office.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Class Action
  • Qui Tam

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1976
  • Texas, 1998
  • Washington, 1997
  • Virginia, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997

Education

  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, J.D., 1976
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1973

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud

Honors & Awards

  • Order of the Coif, Louisiana State University, 1976
  • Associate Editor, Louisiana Law Review, 1975-1976

Other Appointments

  • Hon. Albert Tate, Jr., Louisiana Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 1976-1977

Publications & Speeches

  • Presenter, “Banking Fraud Whistleblower Claims Under FIRREA and FIAFEA,” Georgia’s New 2012 False Claims Act, and Update on Qui Tam, SEC, and IRS Whistleblower Claims, March 20, 2013
  • Co-Author, “When Money Trumps Trust,” TRIAL, American Association for Justice, formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), August 2012
  • Panelist, Is the Government Making the Most Out of Whistleblower Statues? Whistleblower Assembly 2011: Whistleblower Statutes, Government Accountability Project, September 19, 2011
  • Presenter, Taxpayers Against Fraud Annual Conference, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

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