Paul Sheely

Paul Sheely

Partner

Biography

Expertise Overview
Paul brings 25 years of litigation experience—including 18 devoted to construction defect—to his practice of defending general contractors, real estate developers and specialty subcontractors in construction defect litigation. Paul practices in both Oregon and Washington, in both state and federal court, and in both trial and appellate courts. Paul is extremely experienced in all phases of construction defect practice, ranging from malpractice to construction-related claims.

Paul’s background provides him with valuable insight into all phases of the construction process. Before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering management from Central Washington State University, Paul worked in the industry as a construction engineer and project manager on large scale industrial and commercial construction projects. Paul utilizes this experience in his practice to better understand the facts surrounding each unique case.

Relevant Cases
Paul successfully appealed a fire loss case based on improper jury instruction as the measure of damages for injury to real property resulting in the reversal of a large award. He also successfully appealed litigation surrounding interpretation and application of Washington’s Notice of Construction Defect Statute. Paul has defended numerous dispositive motions in relation to interpretation of the “Economic Loss Rule” in Oregon.

Insights & Thought Leadership
With a passion for his practice, Paul enjoys regularly giving presentations to construction professionals on legislative updates and case law affecting the Oregon and Washington construction industry.

Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • California and Illinois State Bar Associations (Inactive)
  • Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program
  • Best Lawyers in America - Oregon

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • California (Inactive)
  • Illinois (Inactive)

Education

  • Northern Illinois University, College of Law, J.D., DeKalb Il., 1991
  • Central Washington University Ellensburg Wa., Bachelor's degree in Construction Management Technology, 1987
  • Columbia Basin College, Pasco WA., Associate Degree in Engineering Technology, 1979
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