Paul McAdoo


McAdoo_Color-3Paul is an experienced litigator and counselor who also uses that experience to help transactional clients. Paul focuses on finding creative and practical solutions to his clients’ legal issues. Paul recently relocated to Nashville, his wife’s hometown, with his family. Prior to joining Aaron | Sanders, Paul had his own firm, McAdoo Law PLLC in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he worked with institutional and individual clients on matters ranging from open government to trademark matters. Paul began his legal career with Thomas & LoCicero in Tampa, Florida, a litigation and intellectual property firm. As a Navy Brat, Paul is excited to finally be settled in Nashville with his wife and two kids and he looks forward to working with Tara and Rick to help the firm’s clients with their legal needs.

Paul attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law where he graduated cum laude.  During his time at UF, Paul was a member of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court that competed in Vienna, Austria. He also co-authored an article in the William Mitchell Law Review with Dr. Anthony Fargo from the Indiana University Media School entitled “Common Law or Shield Law: How Rule 501 Could Solve the Journalist’s Privilege Problem.”

Paul began his legal career at Thomas & LoCicero PL in Tampa where he worked with some of the best attorneys in Florida on a variety of litigation and transactional matters. Paul’s practice at Thomas & LoCicero primarily included media law, First Amendment, copyright, trademark, and complex business litigation. Paul was immersed in every aspect of litigation from pre-litigation preparation to the appellate process. He worked on everything from the development of case strategy to researching, drafting and arguing motions and briefs in both state and federal court. As a result of his work, Paul was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in Florida annually from 2010 through 2013.

Paul’s career has included several notable cases. For example, Paul was part of the litigation team in NCAA v. AP, 18 So. 3d 1201 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2009) that successfully argued that NCAA records, provided to Florida State University as part of an NCAA investigation appeal, were public records under Florida law, despite the disparate constitutional and statutory defenses raised, including FERPA.

In addition to access cases like NCAA, Paul has also worked extensively on defamation, invasion of privacy, tortious interference, commercial misappropriation and other tort cases. Paul repeatedly defended journalists who had been subpoenaed to testify and worked with journalists in both print and broadcast media on pre-publication and pre-broadcast review.

Paul was also part of the team of Thomas & LoCicero lawyers who worked on the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press’s hotline for journalists who encountered legal issues related to the 2012 GOP National Convention in Tampa. Because of his work on the hotline, Paul was asked to speak at the Florida Bar Media Law Conference on the panel entitled “The Elephant Comes to Tampa: Will It Step on the First Amendment? Newsgathering Challenges for the 2012 GOP Convention.”

Paul’s practice is not limited to representing the media. He has also represented individuals and businesses in a variety of matters, including copyright and trademark issues, trademark registration matters before the USPTO, and business disputes. He has also helped individuals gain access to public records and public meetings.

Paul left Thomas & LoCicero to follow his wife to Ypsilanti, Michigan where she took a job as a tenure-track professor of Rhetoric and Composition.  After spending a year taking care of his two young children, Paul opened McAdoo Law.  One of his biggest cases in Michigan was on behalf of the Detroit Free Press and Lansing State Journal where he, along with Herschel Fink, the newspapers’ in-house lawyer, sued the University of Michigan Board of Regents under both Michigan’s Open Meetings Act and its constitution for closed meetings held by the governing body.  The case is ongoing.

Paul is an active member of the legal community. As the recent co-chair of the ABA Forum on Communications Law’s Training and Development Committee, he organized and facilitated the Media Advocacy workshop for young lawyers and law students seeking to hone their oral advocacy skills. Paul is also vice-chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Media, Privacy, and Advertising committee and was recently vice-chair of the Florida Bar Media & Communications Law committee. He also served as co-chair of the Florida Bar Reporter’s Workshop at the Florida Supreme Court in 2011.

Paul is a frequent author on legal issues. Among Paul’s publications are “FERPA’s Directly Related vs. Tangentially Related Dichotomy,” with Carol LoCicero, which was published in the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Media, Privacy, and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter. Paul was also the co-author of the “Eleventh Circuit Update” for the Media Law Resource Center’s Media Libel Law publication from 2010 to 2013.

Paul’s speaking engagements have included both legal and journalism audiences. He has presented on media law topics to groups ranging from the Florida Press Association to the Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute in addition to client seminars at newspapers and television stations. Paul also presented “NCAA v. AP, a Case Study in Florida Public Records Law” to both a First Amendment Foundation Sunshine Seminar and the Florida Bar Reporter’s Workshop.

Paul has repeatedly been consulted by both local and national media organizations on issues involving free speech and media law. For example, Paul was consulted by regarding the now infamous 47% comment by Mitt Romney. Another example was Paul’s comments to the Tampa Tribune regarding the outcome of a defamation trial involving two local “shock jocks.”

Paul is licensed to practice in Tennessee, Florida, and Michigan as well as all federal courts in Michigan and Florida. Paul is also admitted to the federal Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits.

Outside of the office, his world revolves around his wife, Kate, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, his son, Reilly, and his daughter, Joss. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Paul and his family love to travel both internationally and domestically. He is also an big sports fan, especially baseball, and an avid reader, from legal history to epic fantasy and lots of genres in between.

Rick and Tara are experienced lawyers who have set out to serve clients in a new way. Rick's roots reach back to his Silicon Valley home, where he first developed his litigation-oriented practice before moving to Nashville in 2004. Tara got her start in the music publishing business in Nashville in 1998 and has used that experience to form the basis of her transactional law practice since graduating from law school in 2004.

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