Paul Barton

Esq. Shareholder

Paul provides unique insight into his clients’ needs by relying on his experience as a business professional including his tenure as a regional analyst for Coca-Cola. That understanding allows him to find practical solutions that solve his clients’ needs and not just their immediate problems. In that manner, Paul works with his clients to create a strategic relationship that fosters lasting success. As a trial lawyer, Paul has litigated a wide variety of business and real estate matters across the country including cases involving securities fraud, officer and director liability, shareholder disputes, employment matters and real estate disputes. In addition, Paul assists real estate developers and owners in acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing of real property. He also assists business owners in forming new franchises, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.


Practice Highlights

Paul has prosecuted and defended securities litigation cases in Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Minnesota. In one case, he represented over 30 plaintiff investors against 90 plus defendants in a multi-million dollar real estate and securities fraud matter involving several retail shopping centers located throughout Arizona and California. Shortly after filing the complaint, he obtained a successful settlement that returned 100% of money to the investors. On the defense, he represented the developer of a 535-lot residential subdivision in Arizona against claims of securities fraud relating to promissory notes issued to investors. In another case, he represented individuals accused of running a $35 million dollar concert-promotion Ponzi scheme.

Paul has successfully litigated a broad range of employment and contract cases. Recently, Paul represented two employees and their new employer against claims involving alleged violations of trade secret and confidentiality obligations that were asserted in lawsuits filed in Virginia and Florida Federal courts. After obtaining a dismissal of the claims in one case, the other case was settled shortly thereafter.

In addition, Paul has represented employees and minority shareholders involving various disputes including a cancer doctor who was owed over a million dollars in unpaid compensation and an employee who was promised, but later denied, an option to purchase the company.

Paul has successfully litigated cases involving adverse possession, easements, boundary lines, nuisance actions, title disputes, option agreements, foreclosures and receivership actions. This includes defending and obtaining a successful verdict for a client in a three-day jury trial that involved an adverse possession claim. Another case involved defending a commercial property owner against a tenant’s effort to exercise a lapsed multi-million dollar lease option to purchase the property.

Paul has represented commercial and residential property owners in construction litigation cases including a regional home builder against construction defect claims involving water intrusion, expansive soils and other defects. He has also represented real estate professionals including architects and engineers, in similar cases, including an engineer involved in a multi-million dollar dispute involving the rehabilitation of high schools.

In addition, Paul has represented contractors and subcontractors in foreclosing construction liens against properties, and commercial property owners against such claims, including a multi-million dollar dispute involving a hospital and numerous contractors.

Paul negotiated office leases Clearwire in more than a dozen states. Paul currently represents Dutch Bros. and many of its franchisees in negotiating retail drive-thru coffee shop leases as the expand nationwide. Paul has also negotiated numerous other office, retail and industrial leases.

Notable matters include representing the sellers of a $76 million dollar office tower in California, the financing and acquisition of a $7.25 million dollar skilled nursing home and assisted living facility in Arizona, a $4.25 million dollar church and ecclesiastical school in Oregon and a $7.7 million dollar office tower in North Carolina. Paul has also represented clients in acquiring limited partnership and other corporate interests of real estate companies.

Paul has represented hundreds of tenant-in-common investors across the country in negotiating loan workouts and defending against personal liability and other claims including receiverships.

In addition, Paul represented a national bank in conducting its judicial and non-judicial foreclosures of single family home developments. This work also included litigating and and defending various related claims relating to the real estate, such as lien disputes, distribution of proceeds and other issues.

Professional Recognition

Business Experience

Paul worked as a regional financial and marketing analyst for Coca-Cola for several years prior to becoming a lawyer. Paul collaborated with sales and marketing, operations and accounting in order to develop metrics and implement best practices. Together with his M.B.A. degree, his business experience provided him with a profound understanding of how to make a business successful.

Education

  • J.D., S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah
  • M.B.A., W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University
  • B.S., Economics, Brigham Young University
  • A.A., Weber State University

Professional Affiliations

  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Board Member and Treasurer (2012-2015)

Admitted In

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Arizona State Bar
  • Utah State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • Pro hac vice (various states)