Paul is a partner in Reed Smith’s Appellate Group, and served as the Group’s leader from 2012 to 2015. Paul returned to Reed Smith in 2011, after serving for approximately two years as a judge on the Alameda County Superior Court, a post to which he was appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before taking the bench, Paul served as a partner in the Appellate Group for more than 20 years.
- Recognized in Chambers USA as one of America's leading appellate lawyers (2014 & 2016) ("Appellate group leader Paul Fogel attracts praise from sources for his strength in brief writing, and is praised for his in-depth knowledge of appellate law.")
- Listed, Super Lawyers of Northern California, 2006 - Present (except judicial service years)
- Named as one of America's leading lawyers in Appellate Law, The Best Lawyers in America, 2006 – Present