Paul Hunn

Paul Hunn is responsible for all aspects of the P3 agreement activities. He has provided educational presentations to members of the Texas Association of School Boards concerning construction procurements and utilization of P3 agreements.

a.   Member of the State Bar of Texas and Florida Bar Association with 28+ years of law experience including 25 years protecting legal interests of numerous school districts.

b.   Track record of managing complex legal matters; reviewing/drafting policies, contracts and legal documents; directing research; authoring opinions; and prevailing in administrative and court proceedings as well as civil and constitutional issues.

d.   Licenses: State Bar of Texas, 1984; Florida Bar, 2006; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Northern District of Texas; Eastern District of Texas; Western District of Texas; and United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Detailed Information:

Attorney with 20+ years of education law experience, protecting the legal interests of numerous school districts.  Track record of managing daily/long-range complex legal matters; reviewing/drafting policies, contracts and legal documents; directing research; authoring opinions; and prevailing in administrative and court proceedings as well as civil and constitutional issues.

  • Counseled school districts on broad range of issues including governance, employment, state/federal compliance, open meetings, public records, teacher dismissal, student rights, commercial transactions, criminal law and public relations.
  • Managed teacher misconduct and school district deliberate indifference cases, minimizing financial loss and adverse PR exposure.  Prevailed in Fifth Court of Appeals, defending public school district in student discipline litigation.
  • Successfully negotiated complex contract disputes; developed solutions to commercial construction problems, ensuring building codes, ADA/handicap requirements and contract deliverables were met.

Trusted Advisor … and Counselor to multiple school districts, with extensive knowledge and sharply honed litigation skills.

  • Litigated high-profile equal rights/discrimination case for Texas school district, winning jury verdict; following numerous appeals, the Texas Supreme Court affirmed jury verdict setting new judicial precedent.
  • Secured favorable judgment on Title 7 case, winning ethnic discrimination employment suit in Federal District Court.
  • Lead counsel in 14th Amendment due process defense; prevailed with trial court summary judgment later upheld by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Problem Solver … repeatedly sought out by school officials for legal, business, mediation and courtroom expertise.

  • Resolved substantial legal matters for small, medium and large school districts, building consensus across diverse constituents; demonstrates social/legal responsibility while fostering rapport and mutual respect among colleagues.
  • Mediated disputes through American Arbitration Association (AAA), resolving variety of claims and contract conflicts; obtained favorable decisions and averted thousands in additional expense.

Education  /  Credentials  /  School District Law Expertise 

General Education Law

Constitutional Law Governance/Policy Real Estate/Commercial Transactions
Labor/Employment Law Criminal Law Contractual Matters Local, State and Federal Compliance
Dispute Mediation Risk Mitigation Litigation Outside/In-house Counsel Management
Teacher Contracts/Unions Grievances Fiscal/Tax/Budgeting Student/Teacher Discipline

 

JD, Texas Tech University, School of Law  ▪  BA, Government, with honors, University of Texas at Austin

Past Vice Chairman, Texas Board of Legal Specialization for Civil Litigation  ▪  Invited Speaker and Legal Commentator

Member: State Bar of Texas and Florida Bar Association.

Licenses: Florida Bar, 2006; State Bar of Texas, 1984; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Northern District of Texas; Eastern District of Texas; Western District of Texas; and United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Professional Experience

Attorney, Paul W. Hunn, PC                                                                                                          2007 – Present

Multi-state legal advocate, counselor and representative for school districts, corporations, non-profits and individuals

  • Launched/manage law practice with specialties in education law, disability, commercial transactions and litigation.
  • Counsel to several Texas school districts, representing districts in broad-range of complex legal situations.

Attorney / Partner, HEIDGERD & HUNN, PA                                                                                               2005 – 2007

Florida-based firm focused on education, business, civil, transactional, real estate, construction, probate and administrative law

  • Covered 3 Southern Florida counties: Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade.
  • Advised academic, corporate and individual clients on broad range of legal issues including disability, governance, policy, constitution, transactions, criminal, contractual fulfillment and employee/student misconduct.

Attorney / Shareholder, WALSH, ANDERSON, BROWN, SCHULZE & ALDRIDGE, PC                                1987 – 2005

Texas firm with specialties in school law as well as transactions, employment, litigation, governance, insurance and construction

  • Leadership role in growing boutique law firm from single location with 10+ staff to 4 offices spanning 2 states with 65+ legal and administrative employees; established new practices and significantly increased client base.
  • Provided leadership to associate attorneys, paralegals and administrative support staff.

Paul Hunn has litigated cases in both federal and state courts throughout Texas and Florida, serving as lead counsel in cases ranging from civil rights to criminal law. He has represented school district clients before the Texas Education Agency and individuals before the United States Social Security Administration. His practice also emphasizes the representation of clients in transactional matters and disputes. He is a member of the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and has served on the Contract Documents Committee of the construction law section of the bar. Paul W. Hunn is a member of the Council of School Attorneys (CSA), and NationalSchoolBoardAssociation(NSBA).

Paul W. Hunn has served on the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Advisory Committee for civil trial law and he has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He has written and lectured on issues of concern for Texas School Districts and made appearances on CNN, CBS News, and local news outlets.

State Law Licenses:   Florida since April 2006, Texas since 1984

As a partner in the firm of Heidgerd and Hunn, Paul Hunn served clients of the firm in transactional and commercial litigation matters.  Paul Hunn maintained an active litigation practice in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.  In addition, he advised individual clients and associations on issues pertaining to real estate, commercial construction, HOA rules, and probate.  Paul Hunn has also advised and represented individuals with respect to disability and social security benefits and  served as counsel to homeowners and condominium associations and advised on issues of inverse condemnation, liens, litigation, defective roof repairs, denial of access under the Americans with Disabilities Act, satellite antennas, and board member misconduct. Paul Hunn has also represented religious organizations and spoken on legal updates to churches from Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

As a shareholder in a prominent Texas school law firm, Paul Hunn maintained an active litigation practice, appearing in contested matters in both federal and state courts throughout the State of Texas.  He has been lead counsel in numerous employment discrimination cases, and has tried Title VII cases in federal court both to the bench and to a jury.  In addition, he has represented clients before administrative bodies and agencies, including the Texas Education Agency, State Board for Educator Certification, and State Office of Administrative Hearings.  In the 18 years of service to the firm, Paul Hunn has represented and advised Texas school boards in a variety of areas including labor and employment issues.  Paul Hunn has served as lead counsel on numerous contested cases, some of which resulted in pivotal state and federal decisions.  Prior to his relocation to his firm’s Irving, Texas office, Paul Hunn was the shareholder in charge of the firm’s litigation practice group, during which time, he helped insure his firm’s acceptance as panel counsel for numerous insurers, including AIG, the Hartford, Royal (Lloyds), Coregis, and the Texas Association of School Boards.  Paul Hunn has served as lead counsel in many insurance defense cases, and he is familiar with issues of reporting, settlement, and potential conflicts between carriers and their insured.

Paul Hunn has also served as general counsel to a number of school districts across the State of Texas.  In that capacity, he advised clients on numerous topics including employment, contract non-extension, and termination of professional, contractual, non-contractual and at-will employees.   He also advised clients on legal issues that affected employment decisions, including those pertaining to free speech, association, reported violations of law (whistleblower), religion, discrimination/equal protection, and due process.  Paul Hunn has represented and advised clients on criminal matters, real estate issues, student discipline, governance, and procedure.

Paul Hunn has represented clients in numerous construction disputes, including civil litigation in both state and federal courts and before the American Arbitration Association, on a variety of issues, including contract and warranty disputes, standard of care of architects, construction managers, and engineers; and claims against contractors and sureties. He has advised clients with respect to take-over of construction contracts (including application of the AIA form contracts), remediation of mold and asbestos, improperly performing roof systems, defective foundations (including issues pertaining to post-tension slabs, suspended slabs, carton forms, and slab-on-grade construction), and defective construction materials, including application of synthetic stucco or “EIFS.”

Paul Hunn has written and lectured on various topics in the law. He has written on issues of competitive bidding, governmental immunity, and the Equal Rights Amendment to the Texas Constitution for the Texas School Administrators’ Legal Digest and the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.  In addition, he has spoken on numerous occasions to groups organized by the Texas Association of School Board (TASB), Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO), and Heidgerd and Hunn, P.A.

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