Paul Shibley was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in November 1994. He has known since the age of 17 that he would be an attorney and focused his college studies on gaining admission to law school. As one of the most experienced auto negligence attorneys in West Michigan, he now has over twenty years of litigation experience including extensive auto negligence and Michigan Auto No-Fault trial experience.
He practices primarily out of the firm’s Muskegon and Grand Rapids offices. Paul is the only Executive Board Member of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) from either Muskegon County or Ottawa County. Being on the MAJ Executive Board allows Paul to be at the forefront of potential changes in Auto No-Fault Law and this also allows him to regularly network with many of the top personal injury lawyers in Michigan. Paul also has been recognized as a Super Lawyer consistently from 2012-2018, a recognition awarded by other lawyers in the State to a very small percentage of attorneys. Paul also has since 2009 been a Fellow of the Michigan Bar Foundation, an award conveyed to not more than 5% of attorneys in Michigan. He also has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in the State of Michigan from 2014-2018.
Paul is a resident of downtown Grand Haven where he resides with his wife Erin and their young son. In addition to having a love for litigation and trials, Paul is a passionate fly fisherman and outdoorsman who takes an annual 1 week trip to remote Alaska to fish with coastal brown bears as something about being amidst up to 1,000-pound bears strikes a chord akin to dealing with some auto insurance carriers. Paul uses his love for amateur photography to help preserve high quality, trial-ready photos of the collision damage sustained by vehicles involved in accidents as this can be crucial evidence when it is available.
Paul has obtained auto negligence jury verdicts throughout Michigan. It is believed that no other attorney has had as many favorable auto accident-related jury verdicts as Paul has had in Muskegon County in the last 10 years with Paul having obtained verdicts significantly in excess of the insurance companies’ inadequate offers in the last four cases he has tried in Muskegon County.
Paul also has “second chair” experience in two multi-million dollar settlements for cases that were resolved with confidentiality provisions.
1987 – 1991. State University of New York at Buffalo. Graduate cum laude for obtaining GPA in excess of 3.25. B.A. for Political Science major. Emphasis on judicial and constitutional law studies in anticipation of the goal he had when he entered college – to become an attorney. Honors awarded include:
- Letters of Recognition in Judicial Politics and International Politics
- 1991-1994. University of Detroit Law School.
- Student Representative to the American Bar Association
4.0, perfect grade in Property
Michigan Association for Justice Ski Seminar 2010 – Practice Management Skills for the Sole Practitioner
Michigan Association for Justice Ski Seminar 2011 – Effectively Fighting Insurance Company Tactics to Obtain Verdicts “Be Nice”
Michigan Association for Justice Rapid Fire Seminar 2015 – Obtaining Verdicts in Uninsured Motorist Litigation
Michigan No-Fault Seminar September 2015 – Litigating Dram Shop Cases