Paul Straus

King & Spalding LLP

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6th Avenue 1185
New York 10036 NY US

Paul A. Straus specializes in defending complex securities and commercial disputes, with a particular concentration in representing financial institutions and accounting firms. A partner in our Securities and Shareholder Litigation and Securities Enforcement and Regulation practices, Paul has successfully represented clients on a wide variety of issues in federal and state courts and in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies.

Paul has over 25 years of experience defending clients in complex securities and commercial litigation and government investigations. He has built a reputation for excellent client service by being responsive, available on demand and sensitive to clients’ business and litigation concerns. He looks to help clients manage risk and reduce costs by winning early dismissals and persuading authorities not to take action. Paul also provides practical dispute advice to financial institutions and other clients seeking to head off full-blown litigation.

When trial is the right strategic approach, Paul is prepared to try cases. He second-chaired the trial defense of Jean-Marie Messier, the former Chairman and CEO of Vivendi Universal, S.A., in In re Vivendi Securities Litigation, said to be the largest federal securities class action trial in history. After a four-month trial, the jury found in favor of Paul’s client on all claims.

Paul has represented clients in cases pending in federal and state courts in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Texas, Alabama and Florida. He has represented clients in investigations by the SEC, the New York State Attorney General, the New York Inspector General and other government authorities.

Paul also writes and speaks on various aspects of securities law, accountant liability and civil litigation.


  • J.D., New York University
  • B.A., Cornell University, with distinction


  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York


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