Paul DeMuro

Mr. DeMuro has been a member of the firm since 1996. He joined the firm after practicing in New Mexico for three years.   Mr. DeMuro has spent all of his 20 years of practice in litigation and trial work.  Mr. DeMuro has tried cases, and argued appeals, in state and federal trial and appellate courts, civil and criminal, across the country.  Mr. DeMuro has litigated before public securities arbitration panels and most major private arbitration tribunals, including the American Arbitration Association and the London Court of International Arbitration.    
Mr. DeMuro litigates, and provides litigation advisory services, in: oil and gas, banking, securities, intellectual property, unfair competition, construction, civil rights, employment, serious personal injury cases and class action cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Mr. DeMuro also defends accused citizens in criminal proceedings, mostly in federal court.   He currently serves as the CJA Panel Representative for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, representing indigent citizens accused of federal crimes. 
Since 2010, Mr. DeMuro has served as an Adjunct Settlement Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in the Court’s mandatory settlement conference program.
Mr. DeMuro graduated second in his class from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he served as the Notes Editor for the UNM Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and received the Julia Raymond McCulloch Constitutional Law Award, among other honors.  Mr. DeMuro was graduated from Princeton University, where he played varsity football.
Representative Results:
  • Obtained multi-million dollar judgment for oil and gas producer following a jury verdict in gas purchase contract dispute in Oklahoma state court; obtained multi-million dollar settlement in related case.
  • Co-counsel for plaintiffs in federal class action against Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services, achieving landmark reform of Oklahoma’s child welfare agency.
  • Obtained release from prison, and vacated convictions, for wrongfully convicted citizen arising from police corruption scandal in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
  • Obtained injunctive relief in several broker transition cases, including award from a FINRA arbitration panel on behalf of regional retail brokerage firm for substantial compensatory and punitive damages against international brokerage firm for unfair competition and broker recruitment.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlement for senior-living community developer, following five week jury trial, in construction defect litigation in San Diego, California, involving water-infiltration in high-rise residential building.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlement for developer against general contractor, subcontractors and professionals for multiple construction defects in residential retirement community in Orange County, California.  
  • Co-lead counsel in action obtaining multi-million dollar settlement for software developer in trademark and copyright infringement action in federal court against national flight simulation firm. 
  • Obtained substantial judgment, following jury trial, in trade secrets action between competing regional petrochemical lubricant distributors.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlement for oil and gas producer against insurer that refused to cover losses arising from a sub-surface blow out of gas well in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
  • Co-lead counsel in action obtaining multi-million judgment for internet-based affinity banking company for breach of development contract in arbitration against national Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group.  
  • Represented group of concerned citizens in Open Meetings Act case against the Tulsa City Council, leading to heightened scrutiny and awareness of open meeting act in municipal government.
  • Achieved settlement in “Precious Doe” case resulting in new policies adopted by Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections, Department of Human Services, and OU Medical Center for placement of babies born to incarcerated mothers.
  • Obtained injunctive order freezing assets of executive director of non-profit foundation accused of embezzling foundation funds.  Led to seven-figure summary judgment on behalf of foundation.
  • Co-lead counsel in action obtaining substantial settlement for grievously injured electrical burn victim against utility company.
  • Obtained substantial judgment, following two jury trials, for man injured while attempting to aid store security guard for national box-store retailer restraining a shoplifter.  

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