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  • J.D., Loyola Law School, 1972
  • B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1969


  • December, 1972

Work History

  • Partner – Daniels, Fine, Israel, Schonbuch & Lebovits, LLP (1999 to present);
  • Partner – Daniels, Baratta & Fine, LLP (1982 to 1999);
  • Associate/Partner- Acret & Perrochet (1973 to 1981).

Memberships, Awards & Honors

  • State Bar of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (Past President)
  • California Defense Counsel (Past President)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor in Admiralty
  • Defense Research Institute

Areas of Practice

Civil litigation, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation, Construction Law and Business Litigation.


Paul has over forty five (45) years of legal experience, with emphasis in the areas of insurance bad faith litigation, business litigation and construction law. He has served as special counsel to insurers in catastrophic landslide, earthquake, and fire loss cases, involving complex insurance coverage and construction-related issues.

Paul has been chosen and designated as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” (by Law & Politics, and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine and Orange Coast Magazine) annually since 2005.

As a result of Paul’s work for United Services Automobile Association (“USAA”), the firm was identified as a “Go-To” Litigation Firm in Corporate Counsel Magazine in 2009.

As a result of Paul’s real estate and construction work for Texaco, the firm was recognized in the American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel Magazine survey in 1995 as one of the top 400 law firm’s in the nation.

In 2013, Paul received the distinguished “Champions of Justice” Award, from Loyola Law School.


As a Member of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) Commercial Panel from 1977 to the present, Paul has served as an arbitrator in excess of 100 construction law and commercial disputes.

Cases & Articles

Paul’s noteworthy California Supreme Court and appellate cases include without limitation:
  • Dalrymple v. United Services Automobile Association (1995) 40 Cal.App.4th 497;
  • Waters v. United Services Automobile Association (1996) 41 Cal.App.4th 1063;
  • Hartwell Corp. v. Superior Court (2002) 27 Cal.4th 256;
  • Sav-On Drug Stores, Inc. v. Superior Court (Rocher) (2004) 34 Cal.4th 319;
  • Prachasaisoradej v. Ralphs Grocery Co., Inc., (2007) 42 Cal.4th 217;
  • Bouton v. USAA Casualty Insurance Company (2008) 43 Cal.4th 1190; and
  • Harper v. 24 Hour Fitness, Inc. (2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 966.

Noteworthy Articles


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