Paul D. Clote

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

McGinnis Lochridge
 | 609 Main St, Suite 2800
Houston, TX 77002-5250
Phone: 512-910-8491
Fax: 713-328-1828
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

A highly regarded civil trial and appellate lawyer, Paul D. Clote is a partner at McGinnis Lochridge. Based in the firm's Houston office, he provides representation to people and businesses across the state in a variety of complex commercial disputes. Mr. Clote's clients include financial services companies, health care professionals and institutions, and oil and gas companies and landowners. The types of cases that he has handled have included business fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, letters of credit, partnership disputes, oil and gas operating agreements, disability benefit plans covered by ERISA, state and federal wage and hour claims, and broker commissions.

In addition to being a forceful courtroom advocate, Mr. Clote has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration, and he has been appointed as a special master in complex litigation throughout the state. Admitted to practice in Texas and Colorado, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. One measure of the high regard in which Mr. Clote is held by his colleagues is his AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Clote is a 1974 recipient of a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, where he majored in history and political science. His legal education was obtained at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where he served as an editor of The American Journal of Criminal Law. Upon being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1977, Mr. Clote was inducted into the Order of Barristers. After graduation, he spent nearly six years with an international law firm based in Houston, and he joined McGinnis Lochridge in October 2016.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Business Litigation
  • 10%General Litigation
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Civil Litigation
  • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

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About Paul Clote

Admitted: 1977, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • President, Association of Attorney Mediators, 2018
  • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Order of Barristers
  • Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service, Business Litigation and ADR (2007- 2018) 
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Graduate with Honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1977
  • Listed in Best Lawyers©, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (2015-2018) 

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2018
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
  • Chair, Board of Disciplinary Appeals, 2008
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Association of Attorney Mediators, Inc.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1990
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Disciplinary Appeals Appointed by Texas Supreme Court, 2002 - 2008
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1996
  • Colorado, 2006
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America 
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee 4-A, 1993-1999
  • Texas, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Rice University, Adjunct Professor, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, 2002, National
  • Visiting Professor, Commercial Arbitration, 2008; National Law Academy of Odessa, Ukraine
  • Visiting Professor, Commercial Arbitration, 2010; University of Debrecen (Hungary) School of Law
  • Speaker at the Center for International Legal Studies' International Mediation Symposium in Salzburg, Austria, 2015.
  • Panel Member, Ethical Solutions for Moving Past Impasse, Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and CLE Seminar, Association of Attorney-Mediators, Houston, Texas
  • Presenter, Ethical Issues in Mediation, Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and CLE Seminar, Association of Attorney-Mediators, Houston, Texas
  • Presenter, Ten Tips for Successful Mediation, International Mediation Symposium, Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria

Representative Clients:

  • Lain v. UNUM Life Insurance Company of America, 279 F.3d 337, 5th Cir. 2002
  • Westwind Exploration, Inc. v. Homestate Savings Assoc, 696 S.W.2d 378, Tex. 1985
  • Southland Life Insurance Co. v. Estate of Martha Small, 806 S.W.2d 800, Tex. 1991
  • Stegall v. Oadra, 868 S.W.2d 290, Tex. 1993

Educational Background:

  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1974

Industry Groups

  • Health Care
  • Oil/gas
  • Real Estate
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Office Location for Paul D. Clote

609 Main St
Suite 2800
Houston, TX 77002-5250

Phone: 512-910-8491

Fax: 713-328-1828

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Last Updated: 12/9/2019

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