Paul Turkevich

Associate

Paul Turkevich

Associate

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Paul Turkevich focuses on commercial litigation and has experience representing businesses and individuals in trade secret, breach of contract, employment, and environmental cases. He represents both defendants and plaintiffs in state and federal courts and arbitration panels across the country in all stages of litigation, including pre-suit, discovery, summary judgment, trial, and appeals.

He was named on the 2021 and 2022 Texas Rising Stars lists for his excellence in business litigation. Rising Stars, which is compiled by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, honoring  leading attorneys aged 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.

Before joining AZA, he served as a law clerk to Magistrate Judge Dena Hanovice Palermo of the United States District for the Southern District of Texas.

He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and was a student-attorney in the Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic. He represented nearly a dozen clients with pending criminal cases or facing revocation before the U.S. Parole Commission. He also worked with fellow clinic students to submit two clemency petitions to President Obama and secure the early release of both clients serving life sentences.

Before law school, he was a staff investigator for five years with the nation’s premier public defender office in Washington, D.C, where he conducted hundreds of witness interviews and helped prepare for dozens of jury trials in murder, sexual assault, and robbery cases.

Paul Turkevich focuses on commercial litigation and has experience representing businesses and individuals in trade secret, breach of contract, employment, and environmental cases. He represents both defendants and plaintiffs in state and federal courts and arbitration panels across the country in all stages of litigation, including pre-suit, discovery, summary judgment, trial, and appeals.

He was named on the 2021 and 2022 Texas Rising Stars lists for his excellence in business litigation. Rising Stars, which is compiled by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers, honoring  leading attorneys aged 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.

Before joining AZA, he served as a law clerk to Magistrate Judge Dena Hanovice Palermo of the United States District for the Southern District of Texas.

He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and was a student-attorney in the Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic. He represented nearly a dozen clients with pending criminal cases or facing revocation before the U.S. Parole Commission. He also worked with fellow clinic students to submit two clemency petitions to President Obama and secure the early release of both clients serving life sentences.

Before law school, he was a staff investigator for five years with the nation’s premier public defender office in Washington, D.C, where he conducted hundreds of witness interviews and helped prepare for dozens of jury trials in murder, sexual assault, and robbery cases.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Represents a tax-consultancy company in a trade secret and fraud case against an international accounting firm. Paul drafted, argued, and defeated multiple motions to dismiss and a removal to federal court. This case is currently pending in Texas state court.
  • Represents Targa in a complex breach of contract dispute against Vitol involving over $200 million in claimed damages. The case is ongoing, Vitol Americas Corp. v. Targa Channelview LLC/Targa Channelview LLC v. Vitol Americas Corp., No. 2018-90859 in Harris County’s 80th District Court.
  • Currently representing an international fuel terminal company in multidistrict litigation in which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania alleges widespread MTBE contamination of its waters.
  • Currently representing a web-based auto loan broker in a breach of contract related action in state court.
  • Represented a local businesswoman in multiple defamation cases, including drafting two briefs to the Texas First Court of Appeals, winning affirmance in both cases.
  • Represented a construction company accused of damaging a retaining wall in the Port of Houston. Paul secured the early dismissal of his client after a few months of being retained.
  • Represented large exploration and production company in a breach of contract case against marketing company based on the underpayment for million barrels of crude oil. After defeating defendant’s dispositive pretrial motions, AZA secured a favorable settlement days before jury selection.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement following jury selection in state court on behalf of an enterprise-software company against a large health-insurance company in a case involving contract and declaratory-judgment claims in excess of $2 million.
  • Represented an international engineering, construction, and procurement company as the plaintiff in a trade secret and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against a former executive with claimed damages in excess of $100 million. After defeating the defendants’ motions for summary judgment, the case settled favorably for Paul’s client after jury selection.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a two-week trial for a national fuel marketing company sued for millions of dollars for breach of a trucking contract. Paul joined the case shortly before trial and presented his client’s claim for attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented a bulk liquids terminaling company former executive in a non-compete and trade secret dispute.

EDUCATION

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude
    • Top 2% of graduating class
    • Order of the Coif
    • Michael Feldman Trial Advocacy Award
  • Tulane University, B.A., 2008

ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Texas Rising Star honors as presented by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business,  2021-2022

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Trials, Depositions, Hearings, and other Remote Proceedings,” State Bar of Texas Webinar, December 2020

IN THE NEWS

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Represents a tax-consultancy company in a trade secret and fraud case against an international accounting firm. Paul drafted, argued, and defeated multiple motions to dismiss and a removal to federal court. This case is currently pending in Texas state court.
  • Represents Targa in a complex breach of contract dispute against Vitol involving over $200 million in claimed damages. The case is ongoing, Vitol Americas Corp. v. Targa Channelview LLC/Targa Channelview LLC v. Vitol Americas Corp., No. 2018-90859 in Harris County’s 80th District Court.
  • Currently representing an international fuel terminal company in multidistrict litigation in which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania alleges widespread MTBE contamination of its waters.
  • Currently representing a web-based auto loan broker in a breach of contract related action in state court.
  • Represented a local businesswoman in multiple defamation cases, including drafting two briefs to the Texas First Court of Appeals, winning affirmance in both cases.
  • Represented a construction company accused of damaging a retaining wall in the Port of Houston. Paul secured the early dismissal of his client after a few months of being retained.
  • Represented large exploration and production company in a breach of contract case against marketing company based on the underpayment for million barrels of crude oil. After defeating defendant’s dispositive pretrial motions, AZA secured a favorable settlement days before jury selection.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement following jury selection in state court on behalf of an enterprise-software company against a large health-insurance company in a case involving contract and declaratory-judgment claims in excess of $2 million.
  • Represented an international engineering, construction, and procurement company as the plaintiff in a trade secret and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against a former executive with claimed damages in excess of $100 million. After defeating the defendants’ motions for summary judgment, the case settled favorably for Paul’s client after jury selection.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a two-week trial for a national fuel marketing company sued for millions of dollars for breach of a trucking contract. Paul joined the case shortly before trial and presented his client’s claim for attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented a bulk liquids terminaling company former executive in a non-compete and trade secret dispute.
EDUCATION
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude
    • Top 2% of graduating class
    • Order of the Coif
    • Michael Feldman Trial Advocacy Award
  • Tulane University, B.A., 2008
ADMISSIONS
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Texas Rising Star honors as presented by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business,  2021-2022
PRESENTATIONS
  • “Trials, Depositions, Hearings, and other Remote Proceedings,” State Bar of Texas Webinar, December 2020

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