- J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
- B.A., Occidental College, 2004, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- California state courts
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
Paul Seeley is a senior associate in the Business Trial Practice Group in the Firm’s Los Angeles office.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Seeley focuses his practice on the trial or resolution of real estate and corporate disputes. He represents clients in all manner of real estate disputes, including:
- Title and easement disputes, including quiet title and/or fraudulent deed litigation;
- Enforcement of purchase and sale contracts;
- Landlord-tenant litigation (representing both landlords and tenants);
- Partition actions;
- Government enforcement actions brought against landowners;
- Fraud actions relating to the purchase and/or leasing of real property;
- Disputes between partners, shareholders, and/or co-owners of entities that own and manage real property, including cases alleging breaches of fiduciary duty by the managers of those entities; and
- Shareholder disputes regarding corporate governance, loan agreements, and other contract disputes.
Mr. Seeley also has experience in a broad range of other business litigation matters, consumer class actions and insurance litigation. He advises his clients in all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation dispute resolution, to filing and responding to complaints, to seeking or opposing pre-judgment remedies (including preliminary injunctions and receiverships), through summary judgment, trial, post-trial motions, and enforcement of judgments.
Mr. Seeley is deeply invested in the firm’s pro bono activities, and previously ran Sheppard Mullin’s program to assist clients in the adoption of children in California’s foster care system. In recognition of his work, the firm named Mr. Seeley the Bob Gerber Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2012.
Represented shareholders of numerous corporations in ownership dispute over $50 million in assets, including real property and investment portfolios. Successfully obtained preliminary injunction and appointment of receiver to protect clients’ interests pending resolution, and then obtained summary judgment confirming clients’ ownership interests in corporations. Result affirmed on appeal.
Successfully represented shareholder of real estate entities in enforcement of her inspection rights after her requests to inspect records were rejected by management. Obtained attorneys’ fees award of over $295,000 as prevailing party.
Successfully represented buyer of real property in specifically enforcing purchase and sale agreement after seller attempted to avoid sale by claiming breach of contract.
Represented buyer of large commercial distribution center after seller allegedly failed to fully disclose information that would have dramatically affected price buyer was willing to pay. Settled on eve of hearings on summary judgment.
Successfully represented owner of real property who was fraudulently induced into signing title to property to family member.
Successfully represented landowner in dispute with joint tenant resulting in partition claims being asserted and resolution on favorable terms.
Successfully represented landowner in enforcement action filed by City of Los Angeles stemming from alleged nuisance created by tenant’s misdeeds.
Represented both landlords and tenants in unlawful detainer litigation and pre-litigation dispute resolution.
Successfully represented client accused of defamation by aggressive in pro per plaintiff by securing preliminary injunction and filing, and prevailing on Anti-SLAPP Motion, resulting in judgment for attorneys’ fees of over $90,000.
Successfully represented workers’ compensation insurer as part of trial team that secured judgment of over $50 million on behalf of client who was victim of workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme designed to avoid paying proper premium.
Successfully spearheaded post-judgment enforcement efforts to collect $12 million judgment, resulting in favorable settlement for client
Represented multiple clients in class actions alleging they violated California’s consumer protection statutes, including Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law, and Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
- Practical Law, February 2016
- Food & Drink Magazine, Summer 2014
- Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 6, 2014
Class Action Defense Strategy Blog Posts
- "Plaintiffs’ Full Refund Theory of Restitution Under California’s Unfair Competition Law Goes Up in Smoke in Latest Tobacco II Opinion," December 1, 2015
- "Recent Ninth Circuit Decisions in False Advertising Consumer Class Action Cases May Prevent Preemption and Relegate the Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine to Second-Class Status." April 28, 2015
- "Court Finds that Class Action Plaintiffs’ False Advertising Claims are Stripped Bayer Based on Federal Preemption," March 17, 2015
- "Ascertainability Saps Plaintiffs’ Energy in Dietary Supplement Class Action," March 4, 2015
- "Tea Manufacturer Defeats Damages – Seeking Class Action Plaintiff in an Opinion Steeped in Comcast," April 29, 2014
- "J.M. Smucker Company Gets Out of a Jam in Food Labelling Case," April 18, 2014
- "A (POM) Wonderful Result For Consumer Class Action Defendants," March 26, 2014
- "Comity and Commonality: A Tale of Two Identical Class Actions Brought By Forum-Shopping Plaintiffs’ Counsel," February 19, 2014
- "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For…Ascertainability?" January 10, 2014
- "Enforcing Class Action Waivers: A 'Major Change In California Law'," October 12, 2012
- "The Ninth Circuit Applies the Brakes to Runaway Nationwide Class Actions," January 27, 2012