Paul M. Shipp

Partner Paul M. Shipp joined Weston Hurd after serving as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Cuyahoga County. His practice focuses on civil and criminal litigation including appeals with an emphasis on white collar criminal defense and business civil litigation involving construction, employment and labor law, personal injury, creditors’ rights, and internal and external investigations, and the defense of directors’ and officers’ liability claims.  Named an Ohio Rising Star (Super Lawyers/Thomson Reuters) and “Who to Watch in Law” (Crain’s Cleveland Business – November 2012), Paul provides practical advice and cost-efficient representation using his unique experience on both sides of the aisle. In 2015, Paul was a presenter at the Ohio State Bar Association’s program on Criminal Advocacy. His presentation focused on “Considerations in Preparing for Sentencing in Federal Cases.”

Paul spends his off time with his family and playing guitar and drums in a few rock bands with other attorneys.


  • Bowling Green State University, B.A. cum laude, 2002
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2006
  • Member, Moot Court Board of Governors


Former Prosecutor, Cuyahoga County

Representative Matters

Defended multi-million dollar construction company against civil charges of fraud, bribery, bid-rigging, and breach of contract stemming from a special audit conducted by the Ohio State Auditor’s Office.

Defended multi-million dollar mechanical contracting company against fraud and breach of contract claims related to federal corruption charges.

Represented owners/executives and a multi-million dollar corporate entity in a civil suit involving Ohio Attorney General allegations of unfair consumer practices, fraud and illegal advertising practices.

Represent several construction and manufacturing companies in litigation, including collections, claims, employment, and breach of contract cases.

Assist several local companies with corporate and transactional issues, including property tax value disputes, commercial leases, and general operating issues.

Defended a business executive on federal corruption charges in the Cuyahoga County Corruption Investigation.

Represented doctors and nurses accused of health care fraud.

Represented business owners and executives of a multi-million dollar company in an investigation involving allegations of unfair consumer practices, mail fraud, wire fraud, and illegal advertising practices.

Represented a mortgage refinancing company in a matter involving criminal and civil allegations of software copyright violations.

Represented the top individual defendant in a Michigan federal mortgage fraud case ranked as one of the largest in the United States (allegations of over $100 million in fraud).

Represented a real estate broker on allegations of mortgage fraud in Cuyahoga County, which included state criminal RICO, receiving stolen property, and tampering with records charges.

Represent brokers and individuals against allegations of securities fraud, alleged Ponzi schemes, and other investment misconduct.

Represent companies and individuals who have received subpoenas from local prosecutors, U.S. Attorneys, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Postal Inspector, and other regulatory agencies involving criminal investigations.

Represent licensed professionals accused of drug or alcohol offenses which put their occupational or professional licenses at risk.

Regularly defend individuals facing criminal charges for:

Sexual Misconduct; Domestic Violence; Drug & OVI/DUI charges; Assault; and Juvenile Offenses.

Conduct corporate investigations regarding employee misconduct, financial operations, and regulatory compliance.

Represent businesses in quasi-criminal/regulatory matters pursued by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Postal Inspector, the Business Software Alliance (BSA), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Represent companies, doctors, and nurses involved in investigations by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and Board of Nursing.

Represent businesses and individuals who are victims of financial misconduct in civil and criminal matters.

Professional Associations

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Criminal Law Section

Ohio State Bar Association

The Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court


Eighth District Judicial Conference

Life Member

Honors, Awards and Civic/Community Involvement

Recognized by Crain's Cleveland Business in a special section titled "Who to Watch in Law" which identifies some of the up-and-comers in Cleveland's legal field (November 26, 2012)
Ohio Rising Star, Criminal Defense-White Collar (2014-present), Thomson Reuters

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio