Paul Bird is an accomplished litigator with 20-plus years of experience in both federal and California state courts, and before the State Personnel Board. He has practiced in a variety of areas of law including employment and labor, mass tort, product liability, premises liability, bad faith insurance, and construction defect. As lead attorney handling all aspects of 10 concurrent FLSA wage-and-hour collective actions, Paul recovered over $1M in overtime pay, liquidated damages, and attorney fees. In an administrative grievance matter, he successfully persuaded the city manager of Richmond, CA, to reverse his decision to terminate a police captain’s employment – a termination which had been recommended by Richmond’s police chief – resulting in the officer’s reinstatement to Richmond’s police force. For more background on this case, please refer to Richmond Police Captain’s Termination Overturned on Appeal to City Manager; and Fired Richmond Police Captain Gets His Job Back. He also successfully second-chaired two mass tort matters to defense verdicts. Paul is admitted to practice in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; and U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.
Before embarking on his legal career, Paul twice honorably served in the U.S. Army. To pay for college, Paul enlisted and served as a specialist stationed near the strategically important Fulda Gap at Gelnhausen, West Germany, before being honorably discharged. He then attended the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) where he earned his B.A. in philosophy. Paul participated in ROTC where he was appointed cadet lieutenant colonel, a position that made him second-in-command over the university’s 50-cadet battalion. After graduating with honors, Paul was commissioned as an armor officer and served near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Dongducheon, South Korea, where he was appointed ahead of 12 officer peers to the position of executive officer, second in command of a tank company. While serving, Paul earned several distinctions, including a Parachutist Badge, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medals, an M-16 Sharpshooter Badge, and a Grenade Expert Badge, among others. After his second honorable discharge, Paul earned his J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law, where he served in the roles of student council vice president and student council representative.
Through his pro bono efforts Paul has repeatedly demonstrated a strong commitment to the community. He has worked as a volunteer with several worthy organizations, including Equality California, Project Homeless Connect SF, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which presented him its 2013 Pro Bono Advancement of Animal Law Award.