The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is an organization that works to support plaintiffs’ attorneys in their practice. The organization strives to ensure that anyone who is injured because of misconduct or negligence can obtain justice. For over 70 years, the AAJ has promoted fairness and protected the rights of injured persons.
The president of the AAJ, Elise Sanguinetti, presented Gary Paul with the Distinguished Service Award, during the annual convention on July 31, 2019. This award recognizes members of the Board of Governors who have been of special assistance to the president of the association over the past year. Mr. Paul serves on the AAJ Executive Committee and as the chair of the AAJ National Finance Committee. In this role, he helps oversee AAJ’s fundraising efforts in support of the organization and its political projects. This is the fourth time Mr. Paul has received the honor since he joined the Board in 2001.
Gary Paul is a name partner at Waters Kraus & Paul, working out of the Los Angeles office. Mr. Paul has practiced as a trial lawyer for more than four decades, dealing with complex civil matters such as toxic torts, consumer and medical product liability, and professional malpractice. Mr. Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Arizona State University and a master’s in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1974. Mr. Paul has written articles for legal journals and is co-author of the California Tort Practice Guide.
Mr. Paul is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the State Bar of California. He has served as president of the AAJ, the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and is still on the Board of Governors for all three organizations. Mr. Paul was also elected into the CAALA Hall of Fame and named CAALA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2008. Most recently, Mr. Paul secured a $7.68 million verdict on behalf of his client in a benzene exposure case.
About Waters Kraus & Paul
Waters Kraus & Paul is a national plaintiffs’ law firm devoted to helping families in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving asbestos and mesothelioma, benzene exposure, dangerous pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and birth defects caused by pesticides, toxic chemicals, opioid use, and semiconductor chip manufacturing. The law firm also represents plaintiffs in qui tam whistleblower matters and cases that uncover false claims submitted to the government. Based in Dallas, Texas, with offices in Los Angeles, California, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and by appointment in Moline, Illinois, Waters Kraus & Paul has represented families from all fifty states and many foreign countries, as well as foreign governments.