HON. ROY L. PAUL (RET.)
Judge Roy Paul brings four decades of experience as an attorney and judge and a passion for working with people to conquer complex problems in resolving disputes.
Judge Roy Paul joins Benchmark Resolution Group after serving as a judicial officer for over 26 years, including 17 years on the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he oversaw probate, family law, admiralty law, and civil litigation matters, including personal injury lawsuits. In his time on the Superior Court, Judge Paul took part in resolving a number of high profile disputes and contributed to significant developments in California law. Over his decades of service on the bench, Judge Paul has gained renown for his diligence, preparation, compassion, and ability to work with all relevant parties to achieve positive outcomes in bitterly contested disputes. For his efforts in the field of civil litigation in particular, Judge Paul was named the Alfred J. McCourtney Trial Judge of the Year in 2015 by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.
During his numerous years presiding over family law matters, Judge Paul developed mutually beneficial solutions in a wide range of matters involving custody, visitation, property distribution, and support. Seeing a need for change in California’s family law code, Judge Paul was instrumental in formulating and advocating for the enactment of Family Code 3401.5, a California state law provision that gives family court judges the authority to order parents requesting child custody or visitation rights to undergo drug or alcohol testing, when deemed appropriate.
Judge Paul also spent a number of years presiding over complex probate litigation in the Los Angeles Superior Court, where he resolved matters involving elder abuse and undue influence allegations, breach of fiduciary duty disputes, challenging conservatorship and guardianship issues, and disputes relating to wills and trusts proceedings.
As the only judge presiding over the Los Angeles Superior Court Beacon Street Annex in San Pedro, Judge Paul oversaw numerous admiralty and maritime lawsuits, including those involving the Jones Act, the Longshore Act, cargo, railroads, port operations, trucking, and death at high seas.
Prior to serving on the Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Paul served as a Municipal Court Commissioner in the Downey Municipal Court from 1991 through 1994. He was then elected as a judge in the Downey Municipal Court in 1994, and, in 1996, he served as presiding judge over the court. As the presiding judge, he was responsible for the court’s multi-million dollar annual budget.
Before joining the bench, Judge Paul served clients as a solo practitioner, working across a spectrum of practice areas since being admitted to practice in California in 1978.
Judge Paul also served in the Navy, commissioned as a naval officer in 1971, after he graduated from the Naval ROTC program at USC, and served on active duty from 1971 to 1975 and the Naval Reserves from 1975 to 1994, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Judge Paul also served as city councilman and mayor in two different Southern California cities, being elected to Mayor of Bell Gardens in 1983 and Mayor of Downey in 1990. He has also served on the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners and the Consumer Affairs Bureau of Collection & Investigative Services.