Paul joined Christian Samson in 2001. Originally from Michigan, Paul first moved to Missoula in 1990 to attend law school following a career in the life insurance industry specializing in estate tax planning. After completing his law degree at the University of Montana, Paul attended New York University and graduated from New York University with a Master of Law in taxation. Paul began his law career in Coos Bay, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho, practicing in small boutique tax and real estate firms.

Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning; Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
  • Business Organizations and Startups
  • Business Transactions; Active Business Acquisitions and Sales
  • Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Planning
  • Income Tax Planning
  • Estates and Trust Administration
  • Post-Mortem Tax Planning; preparation of Form 706 Federal Estate Tax Return
  • Probate
  • Real Estate


  • Michigan Technological University, B.S., civil engineering, 1980; B.S., F.E., 1981
  • The American College, Certified Life Underwriter, 1987; Chartered Financial Consultant, 1989
  • University of Montana, J.D., 1995
  • New York University, LL.M., taxation, 1996

Memberships and Associations:

  • State Bar of Montana, since 1995; the Business, Estates, Trust, Tax and Real Property Section
  • State Bar of Oregon, since 1996
  • State Bar of Idaho, since 1999
  • American Bar Association; the Tax Section and the Real Property, Probate, Trusts and Estates Section

Paul was delighted to continue his specialty practice areas in returning to Missoula, where he and his family enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with their golden retrievers. Paul divides his remaining spare time between fresh and saltwater fly-fishing and building furniture with hand tools.