• Harvard Law School, J.D.,1992
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with highest distinction, 1989
  • Admitted to the State Bar of California
  • Federal:
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • State:
  • California (all state courts)
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, White Collar PAC Co-Chair
  • California Minority Counsel Program, Member
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America: The Trial Laywer Honor Society, Fellow
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, Board President
  • Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star" (2018 and 2019), "Benchmark California Star" (2019)
  • The American Lawyer, "Top Rated Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense" (2012)
  • Daily Journal, "Top 20 Under 40" (2007)

Panelist, "Primer for Successful Litigation Management: 10 Ways Experienced Trial Counsel Can Help Your Company Obtain an Optimal and Efficient Settlement Without Going to Trial," ACC Southwest Ohio Chapter CLE Presentation (September 13, 2018)

Moderator, "The In-House Counsel's Class Action Defense Checklist," ACC Minnesota Chapter CLE Lunch and Learn (June 7, 2018)

Panelist, "Brave New World in IP: New Litigation Tactics in Light of Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions," ACC Southwest Ohio Chapter CLE Presentation (September 25, 2017)

Panelist, "Technology and the Trial," MCCA Global TEC Forum (October 7, 2016)

Presenter, "In-House Counsel’s Checklist for Trial Success: 7 Key Issues to Raise with Outside Counsel," ACC Southwest Ohio Chapter CLE Presentation (December 9, 2015)

Presenter, "Sharks Rule the Ocean and Courtroom: What These Killers Can Teach Us About Trial Tactics," ACC South Florida Chapter CLE Presentation (October 9, 2015)

Panelist, "Get Smart: The DOJ Re-Writes its FCPA Screenplay," NAMWOLF 2015 Annual Meeting (September 17, 2015)

Panelist, "Risk Management: Top 10 Ways to Avoid Heartbreak in American Litigation," ACC Ontario Chapter CLE Presentation (May 21, 2015)

Presenter, "Assorted Mysteries of California Law," ACC Southwest Ohio Chapter CLE Presentation (October 2014)

Paul J. Loh

Partner/t 213-955-9240/f 213-955-9250

Profile

A founding member of the firm, Paul Loh is among a small group of lawyers of his generation who 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. 

Paul represents Fortune 500 corporations in high-stakes litigation involving product liability and major torts, white collar criminal defense and internal investigations, intellectual property, class actions, and complex business 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 specifically to act as trial counsel.

Recognized as a “Top Rated Lawyer” by The American Lawyer, Paul has practiced complex civil and criminal litigation for more than a quarter of a century.  He began his legal career as a criminal defense attorney, defending individuals and corporations in matters ranging from homicide to securities fraud and RICO.  He then practiced complex commercial and criminal litigation at an Am Law 100 firm before leaving to form Willenken in 2002.  Paul approaches legal problems with the keen and realistic perspective of a seasoned trial lawyer; if he believes that a case should settle or otherwise resolve short of trial because it is warranted by the facts, law, or business imperatives, he will not hesitate to advise the client candidly to do so. 

Paul is a native Mandarin speaker and he has defended major Asian corporations in United States 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 (NLSLA) and currently serves as president of the NLSLA Board of Directors.  

Practice Areas

Representative Clients

Representative Clients

  • The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Motorola Solutions
  • SunPower Corporation
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • Deluxe Corporation
  • Progressive Insurance
  • Walmart

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Acumen Communications, Inc., et al. v. City of Covina, et al. Defended Motorola Solutions in a business interference and bid-rigging suit concerning the provision of emergency response telecommunications systems to Southern California municipalities.  Paul and his team obtained a complete dismissal of the action on motion to dismiss based on preemption by the Federal Telecommunications Act and for failure to state a claim for collusive conduct.
  • Confidential Matter.  On behalf of two prominent utilities prosecuted a large-scale breach of contract, breach of warranty and fraud action against a major vendor for the supply of defective products and systems.  After defeating defendant’s anti-SLAPP motion, Paul and his team seized the momentum and obtained a highly favorable confidential settlement which netted nearly 100% recovery on compensatory damages for the clients. 
  • Confidential Matter.  Defended the nation’s largest supplier of business products and management systems in a putative nationwide class action alleging unlawful delivery and service charges in violation of the consumer protection statutes of 34 states, including California.  Plaintiffs sought restitution of $1 billion in ill-gotten profits.  While the plaintiffs' motion for class certification was pending, Paul and his team’s intensive investigation uncovered key impeachment evidence against the named plaintiffs.  Paul leveraged these key revelations into a highly favorable, confidential individual settlement for the client, and then worked closely with the client to modify business practices to prevent or minimize the risks of future class action claims. 

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