Paul Kingsbery

Paul has represented leading U.S. and international companies and board committees defending claims of civil fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty, frequently arising from M&A transactions or joint ventures. He has defended individuals and companies in connection with internal investigations, government and SRO investigations, and criminal prosecutions, becoming skilled at navigating investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Defense, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and FINRA. Paul also has significant experience in pursuing affirmative litigation in complex commercial matters and violations of clients’ intellectual property rights.

Paul began his legal career as a judicial clerk for United States District Judge John F. Keenan in the Southern District of New York.

  • Defended a specialty pharmacy in connection with civil claims under the RICO Act.
  • Defended a global investment bank in connection with SEC insider trading investigations.
  • Represented hedge funds and investment company portfolio managers in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations and examinations by the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.
  • Represented a defense contractor in connection with an investigation by the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Defended a retail pharmacy chain in connection with claims arising from the sale of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Represented a digital asset custodian in connection with an investigation by OFAC.
  • Defended employees of a leading national mortgage lender, in connection with a federal criminal investigation.
  • Represented union officers in connection with investigations by and disciplinary proceedings before court-appointed disciplinary officers.
  • Defended an insurance broker in connection with a federal criminal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and related civil and regulatory disputes.
  • Represented construction-industry executive in connection with criminal investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Assisted the Special Master appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to resolve disputes involving hundreds of millions of dollars about disclosure, attorneys’ fees, advances by financing companies and other issues in Peterson v. Islamic Republic of Iran and related cases involving the compensation of victims of terrorism sponsored by the government of Iran.
  • Represented the U.S. Senate Majority Leader and other members of the U.S. Senate as amici curiae before the Supreme Court of the United States in support of a challenge by a number of states and state officials to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program.
  • Represented the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in connection with a state constitutional challenge to New York City local law intended to limit New York City officers’ investigative and arrest authority.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical wholesale company in connection with stockholder derivative claims relating to the distribution of opioids.
  • Represented a health insurance company pursuing federal securities fraud claims, state-law fraud, and contract claims against the seller in connection with a corporate transaction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, and related litigation before the Delaware Court of Chancery.
  • Represented a consumer electronics manufacturer in connection with a dispute with holder of preferred stock.
  • Represented the co-owner of a major sporting goods retailer in litigation against the CEO of the company in the New York Surrogate’s Court.
  • Represented a cryptocurrency security company in connection with a dispute arising from proposed merger.
  • Defended an individual insurance broker in connection with administrative charges from the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.
  • Represented publicly-traded corporations and Business Development Companies in connection with shareholder disclosure demands and litigations in federal and state courts in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Paul maintains an active pro bono practice. He counsels non-profits in connection with organizational and governance issues as well as undertakes internal investigations for non-profit boards. Paul has also represented pro bono clients in connection with asylum, T-visa, and VAWA petition cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. He is an active member of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and the Federal Bar Council, and he previously served as the Secretary of the Federal Bar Council’s Federal Courts Committee.