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Paul B. Kerlin focuses his practice on mass torts and commercial litigation, as well as the appellate process. His practice also extends to representing businesses and contractors in defamation and disparagement actions.


  • Traumatic and latent personal injuries
  • Breach of contract
  • Commercial residential lender liability
  • False advertising and defamation
  • Mesothelioma and asbestosis
  • Benzene and chemical exposures
  • Maritime and admiralty disputes



  • Representation of national bank defending lending liability claims and prosecuting deficiency actions throughout Texas in federal and state court. Representative cases included defense of holder of notes for wrongful foreclosure and breach of fiduciary duty claims by loan servicer and of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., claims premised on erroneous reporting by mortgage servicer with potential exposure to over 900,000 mortgages.°
  • Representation of investment consortium for breach of purchase agreement for collaterized mortgage obligations with a face value of $500,000,000.°
  • Lead associate and trial counsel for Fortune 200 chemical company in a multitude of personal injury lawsuits pending in state and federal multidistrict litigation courts in which product, premises, and employer claims for exposure to asbestos are asserted. Paul has successfully resolved, for less than 1 percent of the settlement demands, hundreds of cases in which plaintiffs’ aggregate demands exceeded $100 million. Lead counsel for national bank defending lending liability claims and prosecuting deficiency actions throughout Texas in federal and state court.°
  • Lead associate and primary attorney handling defense of construction contractor in Dallas County for claims that plaintiff’s multiple back surgeries, including 360 degree spinal fusion and intrathecal morphine pump, were necessary and were caused by a traumatic injury at worksite. Plaintiff demanded $3.4 million to settle his claims and the case was successfully resolved two weeks before trial for a confidential sum of less than 10 percent of plaintiff’s original demand.°
  • Lead associate and primary attorney handling hundreds of claims for indemnity in product liability personal injury lawsuits filed in Arkansas for Canadian rubber manufacturer. Successfully obtained dismissals for client based on lack of personal jurisdiction.°
  • Trial and appellate counsel for major chemical company that prevailed on summary judgment based on limitations for case in which plaintiff asserted lung cancer claims. Plaintiff’s appeal based on the trial court’s application and scope of the discovery rule currently pending in the Houston Court of Appeals.°
  • Trial and appellate counsel defending petrochemical process engineering firm in a lawsuit filed in Harris County and appealed to the Houston Court of Appeals in which the appellate court reversed and rendered a take-nothing judgment in favor of client on the application and scope of the certificate of merit statute for design professionals.°
  • Trial and appellate counsel defending a Fortune 500 retailer in a lawsuit in Bexar County and in the San Antonio Court of Appeals in which a 10-year-old default judgment in excess of $3.5 million has been challenged by bill of review. Oral arguments in the Supreme Court of Texas (No.10-1028) were held Jan. 11, 2012 and the intermediate court of appeals opinion was reversed August 31, 2012.Represented client in parallel federal appeal which involved same claimant that was decided by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. (Holding dismissals under Rule 56 are “with prejudice to refiling”). Petition for Certiorari denied.°
  • Represented numerous clients in business disparagement and defamation claims including those based on false statements made on websites, blogs and Google Maps reviews. Obtained injunctive relief ordering defendants to cease making false statements and search engines removed from their search indices.°
  • Trial and appellate counsel in commercial dispute in which case was dismissed for client based on lack of personal jurisdiction and affirmed on appeal.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Kerlin prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, a Law360 “Product Liability Practice Group of the Year,” 2021
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2017
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2005-Present
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
    • Committee Member, World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, 2010-Present
    • Beverage Stands Subcommittee, 2010-Present


  • J.D., magna cum laude, South Texas College of Law, 2005
    • Note and Comment Editor, South Texas Law Review
  • B.S., Microbiology, Texas A&M University, 1999
  • Arkansas
  • Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas