Paul D. Clote

Paul D. Clote

McGinnis Lochridge

Recognized since 2015

Houston, Texas

Practice Areas


Commercial Litigation

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Based in our Houston office, Paul Clote has been a litigation attorney handling trials and appeals for more than four decades. His cases involve commercial and business disputes across a variety of industries. He has tried to verdict in both state and federal courts, cases entailing fiduciary duties; partnership termination and windup; letters of credit; business fraud and civil theft; trust account funds; broker commissions; ERISA disability benefits; child abuse; minimum wage and overtime claims; oil and gas operating agreements; and an election contest. He has argued appeals in the 5th Circuit, Texas Supreme Court and Texas Courts of Appeal.

Paul also serves as a mediator, arbitrator and special master in complex commercial cases in Houston, Austin and Central Texas.

A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Texas School of Law (with honors), Paul has served as an Adjunct Professor in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Rice University; a Visiting Professor in Commercial Arbitration at the National Law Academy of Odessa, Ukraine; and at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) School of Law. Paul is a member of the Houston and American Bar Associations, American Board of Trial Advocates, Houston and Texas Bar Foundations, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Association of Attorney Mediators. He previously served on the Board of Disciplinary Appeals (appointed by the Texas Supreme Court), including as its Chair.

  • 609 Main Street, Suite 2800
    Houston, TX 77002
  • The University of Texas, J.D., graduated 1977
  • Northwestern University, B.A., graduated 1974
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, State Bar
  • Colorado, State Bar
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Associate, Senior Life Fellow
  • Association of Attorney Mediators - President; President-Elect; Past Treasurer
  • Board of Disciplinary Appeals - Past Chair, Vice Chair
  • Houston Bar Association - Member
  • Houston Bar Foundation - Sustaining Life Member
  • Order of Barristers - National Secretary (1975-1976)
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Sustaining Life Member
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association - Credentialed Distinguished Mediator
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • United States District Courts for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:
  • Arbitration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service, Business Litigation and ADR (2007- 2018)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers©, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (2015-2018)
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Health Care Law
  • Mediation
  • Oil and Gas Law


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