Paul K. Stafford

Paul K. Stafford

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
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Paul Stafford focuses his practice on civil litigation, torts, complex commercial and business litigation, and insurance policyholder and coverage litigation; he also has experience in intellectual property litigation, labor and employment, and corporate matters.  Paul has tried more than 200 cases in his practice, including criminal, civil, and white collar as a defense attorney and as a former state prosecutor in two Texas counties; he has written and presented numerous articles, papers, and CLE presentations on insurance, e-discovery, and litigation.  Clients trust Paul with their most sensitive matters because of his ability to implement a comprehensive representation strategy that mitigates the collateral consequences that can be associated with complex civil and criminal matters.


  • Represented the State of Texas in multi-million dollar organized criminal activity cases in Dallas County and the North Texas region
  • Successfully defended an alleged accomplice in an alleged fraud and counterfeiting scheme
  • Successfully represented a food wholesaler in a coverage dispute with an insurer regarding assertion of a pollution exclusion
  • Successfully represented individuals in a coverage and bad faith dispute with an insurer regarding a long-term care policy
  • Successfully represented a company in a business dispute involving the purchase of goods utilized in a production process
  • Successfully defended children’s clothier from trademark infringement and trade dress claims

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Denton County, Texas, 1994 –1996
  • Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Dallas County, Texas, 1996 –1998
  • La Escuela de Idioma de Francisco Marroquin, Antigua, Guatemala, 1998
  • Adjunct Professor (Insurance Law, Trial Advocacy), Texas Tech University School of Law, 2002-present


  • “Trial Horse of the Year,” Farmers Insurance Group – 1999, 2000
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters, 2005-2007
  • Outstanding Minority Attorney Award, Dallas Bar Association, 2006
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters, 2008-2018
  • Outstanding Alumnus, Black Law Students Association, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2007
  • Eight Most Dynamic Lawyers in Dallas, Eclipse Magazine, 2008
  • Super Lawyers® Business Edition by Thomson Reuters, 2010, 2012
  • Top-Five Commercial Litigators in Texas, The Go-To Guide, Texas Lawyer, 2012
  • Trailblazer Award, State Bar of Texas, African American Law Section, 2014

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Treasurer, Dallas Bar Association, Tort & Insurance Practice Section, 2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, 2017-2019
  • Board Member, Camp John Marc, 2018-2020
  • President, J.L. Turner Legal Association, 2002
  • Board of Trustees, J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation, 2001-2003
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States; American Marshall Memorial Fellow, 2003; Board of Trustees, 2009 - 2017
  • Board of Trustees, Dallas Bar Foundation, 2005-2013
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Dallas Bar Association, 2008
  • President, Dallas Bar Association, 2012
  • Business & Community Advisory Council, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Eleventh District, 2012-2013