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Paul Nofer

Partner | Litigation | Labor and Employment

Biography

Paul Nofer is Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation Department. He is a seasoned trial lawyer who tries both commercial and employment cases. Judge Kevin J. Carey described Mr. Nofer's trial advocacy as "a model of how a lawyer should conduct himself in the courtroom" and "as good as I've seen." LNR-Lennar Washington Square, LLC v. Dolce View LLC, No. 09-50885 (Bankr. D.Del. June 4, 2009).   Mr. Nofer is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the law publication's highest rating.  He has taught trial tactics to practicing attorneys in the LL.M. Trial Advocacy Program at Temple University's Beasley School of Law.  In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Mr. Nofer was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® by a vote of his peers.  

Credentials

Education

Duke University, J.D., Editorial Board, Duke Law Journal; Dean's Cup Champion (1987)

Temple University, L.L.M. in Trial Advocacy (1996)

Duke University, A.B., magna cum laude (1983)


Admissions

Pennsylvania


Clerkships

Law Clerk, Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1987-88

Publications

Publications and Presentations

"Trial Presentation Strategies," accredited CLE presentation with K. Slade and P. Willan, March 12, 2013

"Trial Techniques: A Recent Case Study," accredited CLE presentation, June 21, 2012

“Trial Evidence, Part 1,” accredited CLE presentation, December 7, 2011

“Prior Statements of Fact Witnesses at Trial: Roadmap of Federal Rules,” accredited CLE presentation, April 22, 2010

“Evidentiary Objections at Trial: A Case Study,” accredited CLE presentation, March 5, 2010


Mr. Nofer has litigated cases for the following clients, among others:

Business Disputes

  • a real estate fund regarding a multimillion dollar dispute over the sale of a condominium complex in Los Angeles;
  • a national university in defense of invasion of privacy claims;
  • a retail food chain regarding a multimillion dollar dispute over the leasing of its headquarters;
  • multiple corporate investigations for a Fortune 500 company;
  • a pharmaceutical wholesaler in defense of antitrust conspiracy claims;
  • a train manufacturer in defense of multimillion dollar breach of warranty claims arising from alleged fleet-wide defects;
  • a pharmaceutical company to prove its contractual right to receive over $35 million from its joint venture partner;
  • a manufacturer in prosecution and defense of payment, delay, and intellectual property claims arising from the design and production of human centrifuges;
  • the owner of a high-rise commercial office building in disputes regarding renovations and relocation of tenants;
  • a financial institution in a case involving the deconstruction of a tax shelter scheme costing investors millions of dollars;
  • the owner of a high-rise mixed-use building in a dispute regarding contractual indemnity obligations of the previous owner related to asbestos removal;
  • a train manufacturer in a public bidding dispute regarding the sale of hundreds of rail cars;
  • a manufacturer in contractual disputes arising from the design and production of a monorail system;
  • an animal health company in a contractual dispute regarding poultry breeding;
  • a software company in a dispute with its joint venture partner over millions of dollars of lost royalties;
  • a university in a complex construction dispute;
  • a monorail manufacturer in litigation regarding insurance coverage for late delivery claims;
  • the seller in a multi-million dollar corporate transaction in defense of claims of continuing liability;
  • a pharmaceutical company in defense of RICO and common law fraud claims;
  • a real estate developer in forcing the closing based on a restrictive covenant of a newly-constructed branch of a national chainstore;
  • a financial institution in defense of breach of fiduciary duty claims involving state and federal estate and tax matters of first impression;
  • a university in a dispute over the right to research grants;
  • a pharmaceutical company in defense of tortious interference and defamation claims involving alleged lost profits exceeding $50 million;
  • a charitable foundation in a multimillion dollar contract, real estate, and grant dispute;
  • a subway car manufacturer in prosecution of a multimillion dollar breach of warranty claim with a subcontractor;
  • a real estate developer in prosecution of defamation claims against a newspaper;
  • a real estate developer in defense of claims regarding the dissolution of a real estate partnership;
  • a financial institution in a dispute with a computer manufacturer regarding internet banking;
  • a law firm in defense of claims involving the dissolution of a law partnership;
  • a home builder in various engagements regarding construction disputes;
  • a textile manufacturer in various engagements involving disputes with subcontractors and buyers;
  • a staging and production company in a highly-publicized breach of warranty dispute; and
  • an investment advisor in defense of multi-million dollar fraud claims related to an alleged tax shelter scheme.


Employment Matters

  • a financial services company in defense of various cases involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and related state law claims;
  • a Fortune 500 company in defense of cases brought in multiple states involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, ERISA, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and related state law claims;
  • a nationwide company in class and collective wage claims under the FLSA and state laws involving plaintiffs in various states asserting off-the-clock and allegedly improper wage deductions;
  • a train manufacturer in defense of age discrimination and retaliation claims;
  • a non-profit corporation in defense of class actions involving Fair Labor Standards Act and related state law claims;
  • a non-profit corporation in defense of retaliation claims;
  • an investment management company in defense of Fair Labor Standards Act and related state law claims;
  • an investment management company in defense of age, disability, and gender claims;
  • a non-profit corporation in defense of race and national origin claims;
  • a furniture rental company in defense of retaliation and whistleblower claims;
  • a hotel owner in defense of sexual harassment claims;
  • a Fortune 500 company in defense of an employee’s claim regarding the forfeiture of stock options;
  • a clothing retailer in multiple defense engagements regarding discrimination claims;
  • an actuarial firm in defense of ERISA claims;
  • a Fortune 500 company in multiple engagements regarding employee fraud and theft;
  • a textile manufacturer in a contractual dispute with an executive;
  • an individual supervisor in defense of sexual harassment claims;
  • various companies in many restrictive covenant and related trade secret disputes; and
  • numerous executives in severance negotiations and other disputes with their current or former employers.