PAUL E. VEITH leads the Software and Trade Secret practice within the Litigation Group in Sidley’s Chicago office, which he joined in 1990. Paul is a versatile commercial litigator who handles a broad range of complex commercial disputes representing both defendants and plaintiffs, with a focus in recent years on software implementation disputes and trade secret disputes (software-related and otherwise). Paul has extensive experience as an advocate in commercial arbitration proceedings and, in 2022, was added to the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Arbitrators.
Over the course of his career, Paul has represented investment data and investment advisory service providers, wireless telecommunications providers, newspaper publishers, internet service providers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, insurance brokerages, banks, and companies in many other industries. Paul has represented corporate clients in post-transaction disputes concerning requests for indemnification and the release of escrowed funds, and has repeatedly litigated claims of breach of contract, conspiracy, defamation, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty, among other subjects. Paul has extensive experience working with expert witnesses, particularly on matters relating to the calculation of damages in a wide range of commercial cases.
Paul was named a Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting in 2013. He served in a leadership role on the firm’s Committee on Summer Associate Programs for more than a decade, and remains active in the firm’s training of litigation associates.
Paul has regularly taken on pro bono representations for individuals and organizations, including veterans, incarcerated persons asserting a violation of civil rights, indigent federal court plaintiffs, and victims of hate crimes.
A native of Chicago, Paul graduated with high honors and Bronze Tablet recognition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Journalism in 1987, and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990.
Paul previously served on the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club in Chicago, as the chair of the caucus that slates candidates for public office in the suburb in which he currently resides, and frequently as a volunteer youth baseball and basketball coach.