Overview

Brian J. Paul is an experienced and accomplished appellate lawyer. He helps clients navigate the complexity of appellate courts, having briefed and argued everything from weighty abstract constitutional issues to concrete dollars-and-cents commercial issues and any number of issues in-between. His name appears on more than 75 decisions, and he has had a direct hand in scores of others.

Clients He Serves

  • Fortune 500 companies
  • Family-owned businesses and individual shareholders
  • State and local governmental entities
  • Electric and gas utilities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Trustees, guardians, and estate representatives
  • Employee benefit plans, plan sponsors, and third-party administrators
  • Hospitals and medical practices
  • Doctors and lawyers
  • Trade associations
  • Criminal defendants

Beyond Appellate Law

Brian is also experienced in ERISA and employee benefits litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and complex tort and commercial litigation in state and federal courts.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Indiana

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Education

Vanderbilt University Law School
J.D. (2000)

Purdue University
M.A. in American History (1997)

Purdue University
B.A. in History (1995)

Navigating Seventh Circuit and Indiana Appeals
Navigating Seventh Circuit and Indiana Appeals
Appellate Procedure at a Glance

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • The Indiana Supreme Court Round Up
    Co-presenter, The Federalist Society, Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter, Indianapolis, 2018
  • A Look at Indiana’s Appellate Courts: Statistics, Trends & Amicus Practice
    Co-presenter, Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis, 2017
  • State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts and the Indiana Experience
    Co-presenter, The Federalist Society, Indianapolis Lawyers Division Chapter, Indianapolis, 2017
  • State RFRAs and the Indiana Experience
    RFRA Claims: What Are the Issues?, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, 2017
  • Avoiding the Common Pitfalls of Practicing Before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
    Co-presenter with Julie Lyons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Indiana State Bar Association: Evening With the Appellate Judges, Indianapolis, 2017
  • Civil Breakout — The Fun and Fear of Arguing in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
    Co-presenter with Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher, Seventh Circuit Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2017
  • Constitution Day U.S. Supreme Court Roundup
    Co-presenter with Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher and Jane Dall Wilson, Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, 2016
  • Civil Brief Writing
    Co-presenter, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2016
  • Practicing Writing Persuasive Issue Statements, Statements of Fact and Other Portions of the Brief
    Co-presenter with Judge Margret Robb, Appellate Practice Skills Seminar, Indiana State Bar Association, 2016
  • Oral Advocacy
    Panelist, Appellate Practice Skills Seminar, Indiana State Bar Association, 2016
  • Recent Civil Case Law Update
    Co-author with Justin Olson, Res Gestae, January/February 2016
  • Seventh Circuit Civil Appeals Practice Note: Initiating an Appeal
    Co-author with Donald Morgan, Practical Law Litigation, December 2015
  • Making Oral Argument Productive: Lawyers' Edition
    Circuit Rider, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, November 2015
  • Initial Civil Appeals State Q&A: Indiana
    Co-author with Donald Morgan, Practical Law Litigation, October 2015
  • Additional Civil Appeals State Q&A: Indiana
    Co-author with Donald Morgan, Practical Law Litigation, October 2015
  • Making Oral Argument Productive: Judges’ Edition
    Circuit Rider, December 2014, and The Appellate Advocate, Winter 2015
  • Reading, Writing & Filing Appellate Briefs in the Digital Era
    Moderator, Indiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2015
  • Surviving and Thriving at Oral Argument in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
    Co-presenter with Indiana Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher, Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, 2015
  • Stare Decisis in Indiana: What Does It Mean?
    Co-presenter with Judges John Baker and Margret Robb, Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, 2013
  • On Joining the Appellate Bench and Other Reflections: An Interview with Indiana’s Newest Appellate Judges
    Co-presenter with Steve Creason, Chief Counsel, Appeals Division/Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, 2013
  • The Art of the Reply Brief
    Co-presenter with Judges David Hamilton and Patricia Riley, Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, 2013
  • Preserving Evidentiary Issues for Appeal
    National Business Institute, 2013
  • The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Gets a New Chief Judge
    Circuit Rider, December 2013, and The Appellate Advocate, Winter 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Criminal Justice Act attorney
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Homeless Project
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015-17

Professional Associations

  • American Law Institute, 2013-present
  • Seventh Circuit Rules Advisory Committee, 2012-present
  • Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association — Council (Chair, 2014-15; Vice Chair, 2012-13; Secretary, 2007-12; Treasurer, 2006-07; Second District Councilman, 2003-05); Amicus Rules Committee, 2015-16; E-Filing Committee, 2015; Liaison to Indiana Appellate Courts’ E-Filing Committee, 2005-06; Appellate Rules Review Committee, 2003
  • Indiana State Bar Association —  Amicus Curiae Committee, 2018-present
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association — Second Vice President, 2018-present; Board of Governors, 2012-present; Circuit Rider Committee, 2005-present; 66th Annual Meeting Planning Committee, 2016-17; 58th Annual Meeting Planning Committee, 2008-09; American Jury Project Commission Facilitator, 2006
  • The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Indianapolis Chapter — Board of Governors, 2007-11; President, 2011-present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Bar Leader Series IV and V, Steering Committee, 2006-08; Bar Leader Series III, Graduate, 2006
  • Indianapolis American Inn of Court — Barrister, 2007-16
  • American Enterprise Institute — Leadership Network, 2015-present

Civic Activities

  • Indiana University McKinney School of Law — Moot Court Judge
  • Ducks Unlimited, Hamilton County Chapter — Committee Member

Honors

  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association — John Paul Stevens Pro Bono and Public Service Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Work in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2017
  • Chambers USA: A Guide to American's Leading Business Lawyers — Litigation: Appellate, 2018
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Appellate Section — David Hamacher Public Service Award, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Appellate Practice, 2013-19
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Appellate, 2012-18 (a Top 50 Lawyer, 2016-18); Rising Star, Appellate, 2009-11
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation — Distinguished Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rating: AV-Preeminent®
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