A founding member of his firm, Paul Loh is a rarity among lawyers of his generation in that he has spent much of his professional career actually trying cases. Paul has tried over 50 jury trials to verdict, and over 80 court trials and arbitrations. He represents Fortune 500 and other major corporations in high-stakes litigation involving product liability and major torts, white collar defense and government investigations, class actions, and complex commercial litigation. Because of his substantial trial experience, major companies turn to Paul for some of the most challenging cases on their dockets and have engaged him just months or weeks before trial to take over as lead trial counsel.
Paul approaches legal problems with the keen and realistic eye of a seasoned trial lawyer: from the inception of each case, he prepares fully as if it will go to trial. First, he probes and breaks down the key facts to formulate a core narrative and trial theme for conveying his client’s position. He then conducts focused discovery and initiates strategic legal motions to build on the narrative methodically, ultimately solidifying it into a compelling, authentic story. Concurrently, if he determines that a case should settle short of trial because the facts and law so warrant, Paul will not hesitate to advise his client to do exactly that.
Recognized as a “Top Rated Lawyer” by The American Lawyer and a “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, Paul has spent nearly 30 years honing his craft in civil and criminal litigation. He began his legal career as a criminal defense attorney, trying cases on behalf of individuals and corporations facing charges ranging from homicide to securities fraud and RICO. He then practiced commercial and criminal litigation at an Am Law 100 firm before leaving to form Willenken in 2002. Paul is a native Mandarin speaker and has defended both major Asian and American corporations in civil and criminal litigation matters.
As managing partner of Willenken, Paul enjoys working with and mentoring young and aspiring lawyers, both in the firm and the community. He previously served as an instructor in trial advocacy at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Dedicated to ensuring fair and equal access to justice for all in his community, Paul volunteers his time and resources to Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, where he currently serves as its Board Chair.