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Paul D. Motz

Shareholder | pmotz@smsm.com
Shareholder | Chicago, IL
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Paul Motz is a shareholder in the firm’s Chicago office where he focuses his practice on tort and commercial litigation disputes across the country. His extensive experience includes large-scale matters involving product liability, catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, professional negligence, transportation, toxic tort and construction defect.

Mr. Motz has aggressively litigated and tried cases across the country, starting each matter with the goal of developing the story that the defense will tell. Through this process, he determines how a case can best be tried, its strengths and weaknesses and how to exploit or defend each. He backs this strategy with an intense focus on witness preparation, which is where he believes cases are won or lost. This hard-hitting, trial-centered litigation approach allows for his clients to resolve matters favorably if the opportunity arises or if not, provides assurance that the trial team will be completely prepared to argue both liability and damages in front of a judge or jury.

Because of his skills as a trial attorney, clients facing exposure of more than $10 million regularly select him to play the role of the opposing party in mock trial to test and improve the client’s case that will be presented at trial. He is also a frequent speaker on trial strategy and litigation tactics.

Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, Mr. Motz was managing partner at a Midwest litigation defense firm where he successfully tried many high-exposure cases for clients across the country. He also served as an associate at a firm where he practiced civil litigation defense.

Mr. Motz earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication from DePaul University.

Outside of his work in the legal arena, Mr. Motz spends time with his wife and son while spending his free time by golfing, reading, traveling and supporting Chicago sports teams.

Honors

  • Named to Chicago Lawyer's "40 Under Forty" list
  • Named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers (The distinction of being named an “Emerging Lawyer” is reserved for the top 2% of Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been identified by their peers as proving themselves to be professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal career). 2016-2021
  • Selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state under the age of 40 are selected), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community. 2016-2021

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS)
  • Chicago Bar Association

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • "Trial Practice Issues," Segal McCambridge CLE (April 26, 2021)
  • Invited Speaker, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (October 2018)
  • "The Reverse Reptile: Turning the Tables on Plaintiff’s Counsel," DRI (April 2019 & July 2019)
  • "Preventing Amygdala Hijack at Deposition in the Reptilian Era," DRI (January 2020)
  • "Trends in Settlement and Verdict Value," Perrin Conferences (September 2020)

Education

DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2007

DePaul University, B.A., Political Science and Communication, 2004

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General and Trial Bar), 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2018
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2019
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2020
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2020
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2021