Paul T. Llewellyn


Paul T. Llewellyn


  •  Oxford University, BA (Hons)
  •  Oxford University, MA
  •  Inns of Court School of Law, London

Paul Llewellyn is an experienced civil litigator and trial lawyer.  He was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 40 lawyers in California under the age of 40, a group which, according to the selection panel, represents some of the best legal talent in the world.  Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, has named Paul as a California Litigation Star, a recognition reserved for the State’s top litigators.  The National Law Journal, one of the country’s leading legal publications, named Paul as an Elite Boutique Trailblazer, one of just 23 attorneys selected throughout the entire country.  And based on peer review and recognition, SuperLawyers named him as one of the top 100 attorneys in Northern California.

After earning his law degree from Oxford University, England, and after learning the art of advocacy at the Inns of Court School of Law in Temple, London, Paul honed his trial skills as a barrister, trying  approximately one hundred cases to verdict as prosecuting counsel for the Crown.  After moving to California in 2001, Paul practiced at an elite Los Angeles litigation boutique—which twice won the highest verdict in California—and Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the world’s premier international law firms.

This unique background and experience makes Paul a highly-sought after litigator.  Clients in search of aggressive and effective representation turn to Paul again and again to resolve their most complex and sensitive legal issues, ranging from discrete issues and disputes to bet the company litigation.  He has secured recoveries of tens of millions of dollars on behalf of plaintiffs, as well as significant defense victories.  And virtually unique among litigators and trial lawyers, Paul splits his practice approximately 50-50 on the plaintiff and defense side.  He is one of the rare breed of attorneys who has tried cases to verdict on the civil side for the plaintiff and defense, and on the criminal side for the prosecution and defense.

In addition to his business litigation practice, Paul has also earned a reputation as one of the country’s leading practitioners pursuing civil lawsuits on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse, including childhood sexual abuse.  In this field, he has obtained numerous multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of his clients, often overcoming significant statute of limitations hurdles.  These lawsuits have garnered both national and worldwide media attention, helping to bring about institutional change and raise community awareness, ultimately reducing the opportunity for future instances of sexual abuse.

Paul is a frequent speaker, lecturing regularly on all aspects of litigation practice and procedure.  He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he taught legal research and writing.  Paul is a “door tenant” of 3 Hare Court in Temple, London, one of England’s leading sets of barristers’ chambers.  He remains qualified to practice law in England and Wales, as well as in California.

Away from the office, Paul enjoys spending time with his family.  He is also an avid runner and has completed over a dozen marathons.

  • Panelist, “Current Trends in Sexual Abuse Litigation,” Perrin Conferences (March 2021).
  • Panelist, “Delivering A World Class Client Experience,” Bridgeport CLE (December 2020).
  • Panelist, “Pocket MBA: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals,” Practising Law Institute (September 2020).
  • Lecturer, “Fighting Back: U.S. Litigation in the #MeToo Era,” University of Oxford (March 2020).
  • Distinguished Guest Lecturer on U.S. Litigation, University College Dublin (March 2020).
  • Panelist, “Mastering the Deposition,” Bridgeport CLE (January 2020).
  • Panelist, “Preparing for Trial,” Bridgeport CLE (October 2019).
  • Panelist, “Pocket MBA: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals,” Practising Law Institute (September 2019).
  • Speaker, “Fighting Back: Seeking Justice in the U.S. Courtroom,” University of Oxford (October 2017).
  • Panelist, “What Makes Jurors Tick?,” Bridgeport CLE (April 2017).
  • Moderator, “Storytelling in IP Litigation – How to talk to Judges and Jurors in Technology Trials,” Federal Bar Association (February 2017).
  • Panelist, “Mastering the Deposition,” Bridgeport CLE (January 2017).
  • Panelist, “How to Take Your Deposition to the Next Level,” Bar Association of San Francisco (December 2016).
  • Panelist, “Mastering the Deposition,” Bridgeport CLE (February 2016).
  • Panelist, “Superior Court Boot Camp Conference,” Pincus Professional Education (October 2014).
  • Panelist, “Mastering the Deposition: A Critical Skills Workshop,” Pincus Professional Education (July 2013).
  • Panelist, “Business Damages Analysis and Modeling: Litigating & Proving Damages,” Bridgeport CLE (May 2013).
  • Panelist, “Superior Court Boot Camp Conference,” Pincus Professional Education (October 2012).
  • Panelist, “Mastering the Deposition: A Critical Skills Workshop,” Pincus Professional Education (April 2012).
  • “How to Enforce Forum Selection Clauses in California.” San Francisco Daily Journal, March 30, 2012.

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