Based in our Houston office, Paul Clote has been a litigation attorney handling trials and appeals for more than four decades. His cases involve commercial and business disputes across a variety of industries.  He has tried to verdict in both state and federal courts, cases entailing fiduciary duties; partnership termination and windup; letters of credit; business fraud and civil theft; trust account funds; broker commissions; ERISA disability benefits; child abuse; minimum wage and overtime claims; oil and gas operating agreements; and an election contest.  He has argued appeals in the 5th Circuit, Texas Supreme Court and Texas Courts of Appeal. 

Paul also serves as a mediator, arbitrator and special master in complex commercial cases in Houston, Austin and Central Texas.

A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Texas School of Law (with honors), Paul has served as an Adjunct Professor in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Rice University; a Visiting Professor in Commercial Arbitration at the National Law Academy of Odessa, Ukraine; and at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) School of Law. Paul is a member of the Houston and American Bar Associations, American Board of Trial Advocates, Houston and Texas Bar Foundations, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Association of Attorney Mediators.  He previously served on the Board of Disciplinary Appeals (appointed by the Texas Supreme Court), including as its Chair.

  • Represented plaintiff in breach of fiduciary duty/fraud litigation against former attorneys and was awarded a $6 million jury verdict and a $3 million judgment entered on behalf of the plaintiff based on breach of fiduciary duty and fee forfeiture.
  • Represented plaintiff in probate court litigation involving ownership of trust account funds. Jury verdict found for plaintiff and affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented plaintiff in a long term disability claim against an insurance company where ERISA law required proof of abuse of discretion. Verdict found for plaintiff for wrongfully refusing to pay disability benefits and the case was affirmed by 5th Circuit on appeal.
  • Represented plaintiffs in litigation involving physical and sexual assaults by defendant. The case was tried in Harris County state district court, resulting in a jury verdict of more than $20 million for plaintiffs.
  • Represented ranch owner plaintiff against family members in a dispute involving transfers of family limited partnership interests.  Judgment entered rescinding transfers and restoring ownership of the ranch and business to plaintiff.
  • Represented executor and sole beneficiary in will contest matter where adoption by estoppel was alleged by putative adoptee.  The case settled after jury selection.
  • Represented plaintiff in civil RICO lawsuit based on multi-million dollar fraudulent invoices sold to plaintiff.  The case abated pending criminal investigation.
  • Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service, Business Litigation and ADR (2007- 2019) 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers©, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (2015-2020)
  • Co-Presenter with Burgess Wade and David Lauritzen, Mediation - Conflicts, Conflabs, and Craftiness, ADR Section Roadshow, Texas State Bar co-hosted by the Midland County Bar Association
    March 26, 2019

  • Co-Presenter with Kris Donley, Beth Krugler, John Palmer & Pattie Porter, I Can’t Get No Satisfaction . . . Or Can I?, TMCA 14th Annual Symposium, Austin, Texas
    November 10, 2018

  • Co-Presenter with Kirk Crutcher and David Russell, Maximizing the Value of Mediation, ADR Section Roadshow, Texas State Bar co-hosted by the Amarillo Area Bar Association
    October 11, 2018

  • Presenter, Ethical Issues in Mediation, Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and CLE Seminar, Association of Attorney-Mediators, Houston, Texas
    September 16, 2016

  • Presenter, Ten Tips for Successful Mediation, International Mediation Symposium, Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria
    June 11-14, 2015

  • Presenter, Practice Tips for Arbitration & Mediation, Center for International Legal Studies, Steamboat, CO
    December 7, 2007

  • Presenter, Selecting the Mediator, 4th Annual Institute for Responsible Dispute Resolution, Resolution Forum, Inc. & Center for Legal Responsibility, Houston, Texas
    October 30, 2003

  • American Bar Association (1977-present)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Associate, Senior Life Fellow)
  • Association of Attorney Mediators (President - 2018; President-Elect, 2017; Past Treasurer)
  • Board of Disciplinary Appeals (Chair 2008, Vice Chair 2007)
  • Houston Bar Association (1977-present)
  • Houston Bar Foundation (Sustaining Life Member) 
  • Order of Barristers; National Secretary (1975-1976)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Sustaining Life Member)
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association (Credentialed Distinguished Mediator)