“In civil cases, we help people who are victims of sudden, unexpected, and impactful changes in their lives — and may not have anywhere else to go, other than a lawyer, to help them pursue some form of justice.”
- Paul R. Dickinson, Jr.
Attorney Paul R. Dickinson, Jr. (Partner)
Trial attorney Paul R. Dickinson, Jr. has tried cases that few attorneys have had the opportunity, or the desire, to handle. He is passionate about doing his job well for his clients.
The Judge That Inspired Him to Pursue Law
Growing up in Florida, Paul had no idea he would eventually go to law school. He earned his degree in Finance at the University of South Florida, but he ended up working in a sales position after college that he did not enjoy.
Paul frequently ran into former Florida Appellate Court Judge E.J. Salcines who always told him he would make a good lawyer. Judge Salcines went to South Texas College of Law in Houston and encouraged Paul to apply there because he said it had a reputation for creating excellent litigators. Fortunately, Paul listened to the judge and later discovered his talent and love for advocacy while there.
Getting His Foot in the Door
Paul started his legal career doing defense work in personal injury cases, so his clients were often big businesses or corporations. He knew he wanted to be a litigator who went to trial, and he positioned himself to achieve this goal.
Paul immediately started working on complex trucking, products liability, and wrongful death cases with a senior partner. By his first trial, Paul was the lead — and only — attorney representing his client. And he was ready.
In 1993, Paul and his family moved to Charlotte, and his career took off. He primarily worked in the plaintiffs’ personal injury field, and he obtained jury verdicts in excess of a million dollars in both federal and state court.1 He also settled many more cases before they went to trial — many of those also for over a million dollars.1,*
Fellow James Scott Farrin litigation attorney Gary Jackson, who has known Paul for 25+ years, said, “I have watched Paul grow from a fledging young attorney to a skillful and tenacious trial lawyer. Through his relentless commitment to achieving justice for ordinary people, he has earned a reputation within the legal community as a formidable advocate and powerful adversary.”
The Blackwater Shooting
Despite the many important cases Paul has handled in his 30+ years practicing law, one in particular stands out – the Blackwater Massacre case. Paul represented the civilian victims and families of those who were injured or killed at the hands of Blackwater private military contractors in Nisour Square in Baghdad, Iraq on September 16, 2007.
The case was extremely complicated, yet Paul remained dedicated to his clients – attending 3 a.m. video calls with the victims’ families in Baghdad and cutting through extensive red tape to get medical records and important documents translated.1 The case received extensive media coverage, and Paul was interviewed by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, “Democracy Now!” and numerous local press outlets, plus French and German TV.
The Key to Handling Personal Injury Claims
Trials are about preparation, and Paul knows that hard work and preparation are essential for success. Paul also believes that it is essential to cultivate relationships of trust with his clients.
Paul and his wife live in their (now) empty nest in Charlotte with their furry companions, Baxter and Daisy. They enjoy their time away from work traveling or relaxing on North Carolina’s Lake James.
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- NPR: Shock And Dismay After Trump Pardons Blackwater Guards Who Killed 14 Iraqi Civilians
- PBS News Hour: How the Blackwater pardons could have a lasting impact: ‘The Americans got away with it’
- The New York Times: Trump's Most Disgusting Pardons
- Newsweek: 'Trump Has Pardoned a Child Murderer' Says Lawyer for Iraq Blackwater Massacre Victims
For legal reasons and client confidentiality, reviews have been slightly edited to remove identifying information and correct typos.
*Some cases handled prior to joining James Scott Farrin.