Who Is Paul

Paul J. Franzetti has practiced law for over 35 years, both in firms and in-house, and has first-hand knowledge and experience to give practical legal advice based on the types of business decisions that the business owner must make.


For many years, Paul primarily engaged in a business trial practice. In his early years, he also practiced in a corporate department of a major law firm — engaged in major corporate deals — as well as 5 years in-house at two different companies. Of those companies, one was a major offshore drilling contractor and the other was a subsidiary of a major oilfield service company where he served as General Counsel.

More recently, Paul has served as General Counsel (or Legal Director in the European system) of a growing consulting firm. He gave strategy advice and made business decisions, as well as a wide variety of in-house legal issues.

Paul has dealt with matters directly involving —

• Upstream oil and gas, particularly focused on oil and gas drilling

• Real estate

• Construction

• Consulting and service industries

and his areas of practice have included —

• Contract negotiation and drafting

• Corporate structure and finance requirements

• Ethics and compliance issues, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Anti-Boycott, and software licensing

• Employment and personnel issues

• Shareholder dispute resolution

• Trademark issues

• Risk management and insurance issues

Dispute resolution in complex general business matters involving litigation and arbitration, including —

• Securities fraud and antitrust

• Technology transfer

• Employment discrimination

• Construction contract disputes, and oil and gas title disputes

• Shareholder and partnership disputes

• International arbitration involving expropriation claims and minority shareholder rights

• Strategic development for growth

• Risk management and insurance issues

• Marketing

• Assisting non-US businesses set up US operations


Paul graduated with a BA with high honors in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and with a JD with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law.

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