Paul F. Donsbach

Senior Attorney



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Summary:  Paul has practiced law for 29 years and is the managing partner of Next Legal. He has successfully resolved hundreds of complex cases on behalf of his clients, ranging from celebrities and high-net-worth individuals to small business owners and families. Paul’s strengths are his deep knowledge of family, business, and property law, his expertise in courtroom advocacy, and his competitive focus on achieving client goals. As a successful trial attorney, he has won hundreds of trials, evidentiary hearings, and arbitrations, including a number of high-profile cases involving notable figures in the worlds of sports, pop music, film, television, and technology.

Paul’s experience includes divorce, legal separation, business valuation, partnership dissolution, executive and equity compensation, cryptocurrency, asset discovery and tracing, custody, support, and restraining orders. His notable cases include the following:

  • High-asset divorces and litigation involving pop musicians, a film director, an Academy-Award winning actor, a major sports team, Fortune 500 CEOs, and technology entrepreneurs;
  • International child custody move-aways to Asia, Europe, and Latin America, as well as numerous domestic move-aways and complex custody disputes;
  • Domestic and international asset concealment and money-laundering cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars;
  • Hundreds of child support and spousal support cases, including termination and modification of orders after judgment;
  • Characterization and valuation of businesses in the fields of entertainment, finance, professional services, and technology;
  • Restraining order cases involving alleged domestic violence and abuse, child endangerment and neglect, substance abuse, and criminal activities.
  • Complex mediation and alternative dispute resolution, including multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary professional assistance involving forensic accountants, child psychologists, and technology consultants.

Paul has been a licensed attorney in California since 1994. He is also licensed to practice law in Hawaii, Texas, and Pennsylvania. He has handled cases in more than 10 states, as well as the United States Supreme Court. His overseas legal experience includes cases in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

In addition to his legal experience, Paul is a co-author of The Bronze Scroll, an adventure novel involving an ancient treasure map that reveals the location of legendary artifacts. Praised by national book critics as a “must-read mystery novel” blending The DaVinci Code with the “fast pace and ancient mystery of an Indiana Jones production,” this novel combines the excitement of high-stakes legal work with the intrigue of international investigations.

Bar Membership:  State Bars of California, Hawaii, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

Professional Activities:  Member, American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Arbitration and Mediation Committees; Litigation Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law Litigation Committees; Association for Conflict Resolution, Court and Family Sections.

Education:  Paul graduated with honors in the top 15% of his class from SMU School of Law, one of the highest ranked law schools in the southwest. He was an editor of the SMU Law Review and was a merit scholar and recipient of awards for legal writing and a moot court competition.

Academic Honors:  Dean’s List; American Jurisprudence Awards for Legal Writing and Comparative Law; Finalist, Moot Court Competition.

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