After graduating from Stanford Law School, Rich joined the Gray Cary firm, and became a partner and Chair of that firm's Employment Law Group. In 1998 Rich co-founded his own firm, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton, to continue focusing on private and public sector employment law issues for California employers and matters affecting high tech, research, higher education and arts and other community organizations.
Mr. Paul is a frequent lecturer on California and national employment law panels, having been an invited presenter in Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and other venues. He has served as an adjunct Professor of Employment Law at USD Law School for many years, and has been a regular lecturer at UCSD and a visiting lecturer at other law schools. He has served on a variety of Boards, including the Editorial Review Board for the California Employment Law Letters, and is past Chairman of the Board of The San Diego Blood Bank.
Mr. Paul has been named annually by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1987. He has also been ranked among the "Best Lawyers in San Diego" (San Diego Magazine), "Best Employment Lawyers in San Diego" (San Diego Daily Transcript), "San Diego Super Lawyers" (New York Times Supplement), "Best Labor and Employment Counsel in California" (Corporate Counsel Magazine), "Southern California Super Lawyers"(L.A. Times) and similar publications. In 2010 he was invited to become a Fellow in the prestigious national College of Employment and Labor Lawyers, and in October, 2010 was named as the single “Best Labor and Employment” lawyer in San Diego by the Best Lawyers’ publication.