Paul G. Lees

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Paul concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law, civil rights, municipal liability, private educational institutions and universities concerning police practices and securities issues and the defense of various professionals in errors and omissions cases. Paul also represents municipal and public entity clients, in the defense of construction defect, premises liability, and general liability matters.

Paul has defended clients in hundreds of litigated matters involving charter schools, municipalities and public entities, in areas that include employment, civil rights/constitutional law, and claims under the Pennsylvania Tort Claims Act. As well, Paul represents clients in all stages of employment proceedings, including matters pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and, thereafter, within state trial courts and federal district courts.

In 1990 Paul graduated from Kutztown University where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree from the college of business. Following college he attended Widener University School of Law in Delaware, from which he graduated cum laude with a juris doctor in 1993.

While attending law school, Paul began his legal career with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a law clerk in the firm's Norristown, Pennsylvania, office. While holding that position, he worked for John R. Warner, Esq., assisting him with his defense of medical malpractice cases, and Joseph J. Santarone, Esq., who concentrated his practice on municipal liability cases. Following graduation, Paul continued with the firm as an associate, and in 1994 he returned to his native area – the Lehigh Valley.

Significant Representative Matters

Successfully defended whistleblower claims against a school district where the employee was disciplined following reports of loss and theft of district property.

Successfully defended First Amendment claims arising out of township zoning practices and denial of business license to “gentleman’s” club.

Successfully defended wrongful discharge claim brought by multiple family members involving whistle blower allegations and workplace safety and with compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $1 million and which resulted in dismissal of all claims.

Successfully defended extension of application of Pennsylvania Hills and Ridges defense to snow removal contractors in case involving admitted notice of icy conditions but ambiguous contractual responsibilities.

Classes/Seminars Taught

But We Had a Contract! Understanding Contractual Risk Transfer and Drafting Effective (and Enforceable) Indemnification Clauses, University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, May 7, 2015

Published Works

Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2010-present

"Surface Waters: A 'Common Enemy' to Both Property Owners and Pedestrians," Pittsburgh Legal Journal, Vol. 123, No. 43, 1999

"Technically Deficient Return of Service Does Not Void Service Itself," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Vol. XXI, No. 8, 1998

Admissions
Pennsylvania
1993
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
Education
Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1993)
Kutztown University (B.S., 1990)
Associations & memberships
Lehigh County Bar Association
Northampton County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Year joined
1991