Paul M. Koning - Koning Rubarts LLP

Paul M. Koning

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 214-751-7901

Mr. Koning has over thirty years of experience in trial and appellate practice.  Throughout his entire career he has been a trial lawyer for businesses and professionals, handling contract, real estate and business tort lawsuits, highly-charged partnership and fiduciary disputes, and complex commercial litigation.  For the past twenty years Mr. Koning has concentrated his practice on professional liability litigation and matters related to legal ethics.  It has been his great privilege to have represented many of the finest law firms and lawyers in the United States.  He is proud to be known as a “lawyer’s lawyer.”

In addition to defending lawyers accused of legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty, Mr. Koning regularly serves as a consultant to lawyers and law firms on matters related to legal ethics or intra-firm disputes, acts as an expert witness regarding legal malpractice and legal ethics, defends against disciplinary (grievance) complaints, and appears as special counsel for lawyers facing motions for disqualification or sanctions.  He is also an experienced appellate advocate, having briefed and argued numerous appeals in state and federal courts.
Bar Activities:

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation
      • Co-Chair, Professional Liability Litigation Committee, 2006-2009
      • Designer and Project Coordinator, 50 State Survey of Legal Malpractice Law, Professional Liability Litigation Committee
      • Co-Chair, 50 State Survey Committee, 2009-10
      • Co-Chair, Attorneys' Liability Subcommittee, Professional Liability Litigation Committee, 2005
    • Section of Business Law
      • Coordinating Committee, Professional Conduct: Firm Counsel Project
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Standing Committee on Professionalism, 2003-2006
    • Past member and Panel Chair of District 6A Grievance Committee

Recognitions include:

  • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc., 2007 to present): Legal Malpractice Law, Commercial Litigation, and Litigation - Real Estate.
  • In 2010 Mr. Koning was named as one of the top 100 lawyers in the Dallas-Fort Worth Region by the publishers of Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters Business).  He has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2005.
  • He is recognized by D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas (D Magazine Partners, Inc., 2012 to present)
  • In October 2007, Mr. Koning was singled out by the Texas Lawyer (ALM Media) as one of the top five legal malpractice lawyers in Texas, based on an eight-month study published as the “Go-To Guide.”
  • Mr. Koning was featured in the article “Go-To Lawyers for Lawyers in Trouble,” Texas Lawyer (ALM Media, 2002) ("[T]heir peers across Texas say these seven are the attorneys they'd go to if they were in malpractice or grievance trouble. [These] are the lawyers whose names came up over and over again.")
  • Mr. Koning is the author of the Texas chapter of The Law of Lawyers’ Liability (First Chair Press, Merri Baldwin et al. eds. 2012)

Cornell UniversityAB 1978Southern Methodist University School of LawJ.D. 1981

Client Comments

"I have worked with Paul closely over the past 15 years. As one who sees lawyers around the country, I would simply say that there is no one better at what he does. He is smart, hard working, and, most importantly, he has excellent judgment. He is someone we turn to when we are faced with our most difficult problems."

-Mark Nozette
Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society, Inc.

"Paul Koning is truly a lawyer's lawyer. I have entrusted the defense of my law firm's reputation to Paul, and he handled the matter with both skill and vigor."

-William Raper
Partner, General Counsel
Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice

"Paul Koning is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, creative, and supportive."

"I hired Mr. Koning after a fair amount of research regarding his work for attorneys in legal matters and state bar matters. My matter involved a dispute with a well-known attorney. Paul is not inexpensive, but there is no question that you get what you pay for and even a bit more. We achieved a complete victory, and also of importance, the sensitive matter was handled with finesse."

-Jeffrey Hightower
Barber Hightower, LLP

"Paul Koning is the finest attorney I know. His systematic dismantling of an opponent's case is breathtaking to watch; all matters are handled with an overlay of common sense and practicality. "

Office Location

1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 4500
Dallas, TX 75201
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Commercial Disputes, Complex Litigation, Fiduciary Duties)
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (Appellate, Lawyer Ethics)
Litigation - Real Estate