Paul T. Harle practices primarily in complex commercial litigation with a focus in real estate development, construction and engineering matters. Mr. Harle also has substantial experience in representing and defending civil RICO, false claim cases, and securities class actions in both state and federal court
Prior to re-entering private practice, Mr. Harle was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, where he prosecuted a case load involving organized crime, public corruption, wire fraud, and international drug and human smuggling, while gaining extensive federal jury trial experience. Before graduating law school, he interned for Chief United States District Judge of the Western District of Texas Orlando L. Garcia.
Mr. Harle is a 2013 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Obtained a $7.9 million arbitration award for a limited partner who is a majority equity investor in the construction and operation of a high-end living community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Defended the City of Sugar Land, Texas, against a wrongful termination claim by a specialty contractor on a $75,000,000.00 performing arts center and prosecuted third party claims against others involved in the circumstances leading to the termination; resolved the matter for a fraction of the claim value.
Represented a joint venture which included an Engineering News-Record top five firm, managing the legal issues and relationship with a governmental agency owner during completion of major civil infrastructure that experienced significant delays and defects; then resolved a $40 million claim by the governmental agency owner against the client for a fraction of the claim, via an “early” mediation process, conducted virtually. This matter is thought to be the largest construction suit in Travis County/Austin history.
Managed cost recovery actions against subcontractors, on behalf of a major regional contractor, when institutional owner imposed liquidated damages on client.
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2013
- University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2009
Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2019-present
United States Attorney’s Office
- Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Texas, 2016-2019
Reid, Collins & Tsai LLP
- Associate, 2013-2016
Co-author, “Section 109(a)’s Jurisdictional Requirements Applied to Chapter 15,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, March 2014
- Mentioned in "How We Won a $7.9 Million Arbitration Award: Construction Litigator Talks Shop," Texas Lawyer, October 22, 2020