J__Paul_Lewis

Partner

J. Paul Lewis

Location

501 West Broadway
Suite 1200
San Diego, CA 92101
P (619) 849-4900
F (619) 849-4950

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Bio

Paul is experienced in all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation evaluation through trial. His practice includes the defense of a wide variety claims from motor vehicle accidents involving traumatic brain injuries and wrongful deaths to landlord tenant habitability and Fair Employment and Housing. He has significant experience handling personal injury cases involving exposure to mold, carbon monoxide, lead, mercury, pesticides and Legionella pneumophilia (Legionnaire’s Disease). He has worked on these types of cases throughout the United States as part of a National Environmental Counsel team. He was been admitted pro hac vice in Indiana and North Dakota.

Paul is also experienced in performing coverage analysis and investigating first party property claims. He has experience conducting examinations under oath and performing fraud investigations related to first party claims.

In addition to litigation and coverage work, Paul handles Real Estate and Corporate transactional work. He has formed over 20 corporations set up as Single Purpose Entities (SPE) for real estate holdings and in conjunction with large multifamily residential loans. Acting as Borrower’s counsel, he has closed hundreds of millions of dollars in loans.

 

Education

University of San Diego (J.D., 2010)

Loyola Marymount University (B.A., 2007)

Licensed to Practice in:

California

Practice Areas

Business Transactions
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  • Has formed numerous Delaware corporations set up as Single Purpose Entities (SPE) for real estate holdings and in conjunction with large multifamily residential loans.
  • Closed over $100,000,000.00 of loans acting as Borrower’s counsel.
  • Experience reviewing, drafting and modifying bylaws, resolutions for board of directors, certifications of trust, incumbency certificates, Borrower Opinion letters, Guarantor Opinion letters, complex Non-Consolidation Opinion letters (including unique shared facility use agreements with neighboring properties), drafting Shared-Use Agreements, Commercial Property Management Agreements, Subordination Agreements
  • Review of Borrower Swap Agreements with domestic and international banks and Interest Rate Cap (LIBOR) Agreements.
Commercial and Business Litigation
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  • Experience defending individuals and corporations in cases involving unlawful debt collection, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and automatic stay violations in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Consumer Finance Litigation
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  • Defense of creditors and collections agencies against claims of unfair and illegal debt collection practices including alleged violations of the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • Defense of claims brought against automotive dealerships for violations of the federal Truth In Lending Act (TILA) and claims under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA).
  • Defense of claims made under California’s Unfair Competition Law, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act.
Employment
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  • Has experience defending employers in wrongful termination and discrimination cases involving age and pregnancy discrimination ranging from small business CEO’s to entry level employees.
  • Defense of Employers in Fair Employment and Housing cases brought by employees for gender discrimination, harassment, retaliation and disability discrimination.
General Liability and Casualty
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  • Defense of Landlords in Fair Employment and Housing cases involving failure to accommodate mental and physical disabilities as well as racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation under the Unruh Act.
Hospitality
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  • Experienced in:
    • Hotel Premises liability
    • Bed Bugs
    • Corporate set-up
Legionnaires’/Infectious Disease
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  • Has experience defending multiple claims involving Legionella pneumophilia (Legionnaires’ Disease).
Mass Torts and Class-Action Defense
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  • Experience defending class actions brought by former tenants against their landlord and property manager involving alleged bad faith and unlawful retention of security deposits.
  • Successful challenge of class certification involving habitability / bed bug claims.
  • Extensive experience with pre-certification discovery and Bel-Aire West notice issues concerning putative plaintiffs right to privacy.
  • Appeal currently pending regarding issues pertaining to pre-certification settlement by defendants of putative plaintiffs.
Mold and Water Damage
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  • Has significant experience defending landlords, property management companies and homeowners associations in claims of personal injury and property damages resulting from water intrusion and exposure to mold.
  • Has experience defending first party insured’s in matters involving excess dry down, water restoration, mold remediation and emergency services, including handling mechanics lien and lien release issues.
  • Has taken several examinations under oath’s (EUO’s) of insured’s in first party insurance claims.
Toxic Tort and Occupational Exposure
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  • Has significant experience defending bodily injury claims involving alleged exposure to mold and mold by-products, including damp buildings.
  • Has significant experience defending claims arising from exposure to carbon monoxide, lead, mercury and chlorpyrifos based pesticides.
  • Has defended mass tort claims across the United States with local in state counsel, including claims with over 50 plaintiffs.
  • Has experience defending bodily injury and property damage claims from chlorophenols as the result of the improper application of residential and commercial cleaning and sanitation chemicals.

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Memberships

San Diego Defense Lawyers, Member

The Welch Inns of Court, Alumni Member

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