Paul E. Knisely

Areas of Practice

  • Professional Negligence (other than medical malpractice)
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Attorney Fee Disputes
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Legal Ethics
  • Business Torts
  • Defamation, Libel and Slander
  • General Civil Trial and Appellate Practice

Education and Employment

  • University of Texas School of Law, 1977 Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, Order of the Coif
  • University of Texas at Austin, 1973 Bachelor of Arts, with honors
  • Associate and Shareholder in the law firm of Spivey, Grigg, Kelly & Knisely, 1980-1997
  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge Jack Roberts, 1977-1978 and 1979-1980,
    Western District of Texas, Austin Division

Bar Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas

Memberships and Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association (President 1997-1998)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Listed in, “The Best Lawyers in America” under “Professional Malpractice Law,” 2008-2015
  • Named Texas Super Lawyer in the area of Professional Liability Plaintiff, 2011-2012 and 2014, by Thomson Reuters printed in Texas Monthly magazine.
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by the Martindale Hubbell organization, one of the oldest rating authorities worldwide. According to Martindale-Hubbell, the “A” represents the highest level of legal ability, the “V” indicates “Very high” adherence to the Professional Code of Responsibility in conduct, ethics and diligence, and “Preeminent” represents the highest rating conferred on attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell.