Paul S. Avilla

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Los Gatos, California

McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLP
Paul S. Avilla
McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Employment Litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 1985

Education: Pepperdine University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023

McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLP

720 University Ave
Suite 250B
Los Gatos, CA 95032 Visit website


Paul S. Avilla is a member of McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLP located in San Jose, California. He is a litigator with 38 years of experience at the trial and appellate levels representing clients in a wide variety of disputes involving employment, real estate, business relationships and general commercial transactions. Mr. Avilla also advises employers on best employment practices and legal compliance.  Mr. Avilla is part of a firm that provides the high quality legal services typical of a large corporate firm, while maintaining the focus on client relationships found in a small boutique practice.

Mr. Avilla was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1985 from Pepperdine University School of Law. During his time in law school, he served on the school's Moot Court Board and was also a published member of the Pepperdine Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Avilla received his Bachelor of Science in economics in 1982 from the University of California, Los Angeles. Admitted to practice in California, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California.

As a member of the Judicial Council of California Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, Mr. Avilla helped draft the civil jury instructions used by California trial courts in employment cases. He previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of the William H. Ingram Inn of Court, an organization of lawyers, judges and law students that promotes civility, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law.  He is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and previously served on the executive committee of its Business Law/Litigation Section. Mr. Avilla has also been a member of the executive committee of the State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Section.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Employment Litigation: Defense

Focus areas

Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employer

  • 70% Business Litigation
  • 30% Employment Litigation: Defense

First Admitted: 1985, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • Sixth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal
  • Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee of the California State Bar's Labor & Employment Law Section
  • California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member of the California Judicial Council Advisory Committee that helped draft CACI jury instructions for employment cases
  • Moot Court Board, Pepperdine University, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • Member of the William A. Ingram Inn of Court, member of the Executive Committee 2012-2020., 1995
  • U.S. District Court, before the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel
  • Executive Committee of the Business Litigation Section of the County Bar Association
  • Published member of the Law Review, Pepperdine University, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • Member, Pepperdine Law Review, Pepperdine University School of Law
Educational Background:
  • UCLA, B.S. in Economics, 1982
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Qualified as Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association for Consumer Arbitrations., 2021
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Washington as well as California, 2023

Office location for Paul S. Avilla

720 University Ave
Suite 250B
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Phone: 408-293-1900


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023

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