PAUL L. SINGER
Partner
(202) 342-8672 (202) 342-8672
PAUL L. SINGER Partner
Paul Singer, former Texas Associate Deputy Attorney General, focuses his practice on state-level regulatory enforcement actions and State Attorneys General investigations, advertising and marketing, data privacy, and other consumer protection law matters.  His unique experience, expertise, and relationships with numerous Attorneys General, Chief Deputies, and consumer protection staff from both political parties benefit clients.

Paul spent more than 20 years at the Texas Attorney General’s office having spent the majority of his time in the Consumer Protection Division, including as Division Chief.  Most recently, he served as part of the agency’s Executive Leadership team as the Associate Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation, where he oversaw all plaintiff-oriented civil litigation for the Attorney General, including Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, Antitrust, Civil Medicaid Fraud, and Bankruptcy and Collections.  A significant portion of his practice has been leading major multistate investigations, many involving Fortune 500 companies, where he repeatedly led the 50 states and territories to settlement, many for multi-million dollar recoveries.

Paul is a frequent speaker at national seminars and trainings on a variety of technology, privacy, and general consumer protection topics.  In recognition of his contributions to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and the nation’s Attorneys General through exemplary expertise and achievement, Paul received the Career Staff of the Year Award from NAAG in 2020.  In 2018, he received the Faculty of the Year Award from the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) for his significant contributions to developing and presenting high quality legal training programs for his counterparts across the country.
 
Texas counsel in ongoing antitrust and consumer protection litigation with major Internet provider over anticompetitive conduct in the Ad Tech marketplace.

Lead counsel in ongoing negotiations with pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, and other parties relating to the opioid crisis; Serve as Texas representative in ongoing bankruptcies in related cases; Leader in drafting the $26 billion settlement with distributors and an opioid manufacturer.

Executive committee member and negotiator of 50-state multistate settlement coordinated with FCC, FTC, and CFPB relating to wireless carriers’ role in facilitating “mobile cramming,” resulting in over $300 million in consumer redress and payments to state and federal regulators.

Lead counsel in lawsuit against major premium text messaging content provider, resulting in emergency relief prohibiting continued misleading sales practices and final Judgment providing refunds to consumers and $2 million payment to Texas.

Executive Committee member and principal drafter of 25-state multistate settlement with national satellite television provider regarding deceptive advertising practices; Leader of 50-state investigation and principal drafter of judgment resulting from investigation of compliance with prior settlement.

Lead counsel in first state-brought complaint filed under Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, resulting in an Agreed Judgment requiring compliance with the federal law.

Executive Committee member and principal drafter of multistate settlement resolving investigation of advertising and sales practices of Voice over Internet Provider.

Lead counsel in first spyware case brought under Texas state law against major distributor of compact discs, resulting in an Agreed Judgment that included cessation of use of certain software and clearer disclosures.

Lead counsel in lawsuit against debt settlement company, resulting in an Agreed Judgment returning over $4 million to consumers.

Lead counsel in lawsuit against second-largest credit counseling agency in the U.S., resulting in an Agreed Judgment significantly revising marketing practices and in Congressional review and industry-wide reform.

Lead counsel in lawsuit against third-largest social networking site in the U.S. for deceptive electronic mail enrollment messages, resulting in an Agreed Judgment.

Leader of 48-state multistate investigation into deceptive sales of membership programs through negative option post-transaction marketing, resulting in an Agreed Judgment with over $30 million in restitution and payment to states.

Leader of 48-state multistate investigation of a major Internet Service Provider, resulting in an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance requiring reforms in its marketing and retention practices.

NAGTRI Faculty of the Year Award, 2018

NAGTRI International Fellows Program, 2018

NAAG Career Staff of the Year Award, 2020
ABA, Antitrust Section and Consumer Protection Committee, member

State Bar of Texas, Consumer and Commercial Law Section, member

Austin Bar Association, member

American Academy of Forensic Sciences, fellow

International Association of Forensic Sciences, delegate

Austin Teen Court 2002 – 2008, co-director
 

About

Paul Singer, former Texas Associate Deputy Attorney General, focuses his practice on state-level regulatory enforcement actions and State Attorneys General investigations, advertising and marketing, data privacy, and other consumer protection law matters.  His unique experience, expertise, and relationships with numerous Attorneys General, Chief Deputies, and consumer protection staff from both political parties benefit clients.

Paul spent more than 20 years at the Texas Attorney General’s office having spent the majority of his time in the Consumer Protection Division, including as Division Chief.  Most recently, he served as part of the agency’s Executive Leadership team as the Associate Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation, where he oversaw all plaintiff-oriented civil litigation for the Attorney General, including Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, Antitrust, Civil Medicaid Fraud, and Bankruptcy and Collections.  A significant portion of his practice has been leading major multistate investigations, many involving Fortune 500 companies, where he repeatedly led the 50 states and territories to settlement, many for multi-million dollar recoveries.

Paul is a frequent speaker at national seminars and trainings on a variety of technology, privacy, and general consumer protection topics.  In recognition of his contributions to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and the nation’s Attorneys General through exemplary expertise and achievement, Paul received the Career Staff of the Year Award from NAAG in 2020.  In 2018, he received the Faculty of the Year Award from the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) for his significant contributions to developing and presenting high quality legal training programs for his counterparts across the country.
 

Experience

Texas counsel in ongoing antitrust and consumer protection litigation with major Internet provider over anticompetitive conduct in the Ad Tech marketplace.

Lead counsel in ongoing negotiations with pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, and other parties relating to the opioid crisis; Serve as Texas representative in ongoing bankruptcies in related cases; Leader in drafting the $26 billion settlement with distributors and an opioid manufacturer.

Executive committee member and negotiator of 50-state multistate settlement coordinated with FCC, FTC, and CFPB relating to wireless carriers’ role in facilitating “mobile cramming,” resulting in over $300 million in consumer redress and payments to state and federal regulators.

Lead counsel in lawsuit against major premium text messaging content provider, resulting in emergency relief prohibiting continued misleading sales practices and final Judgment providing refunds to consumers and $2 million payment to Texas.

Executive Committee member and principal drafter of 25-state multistate settlement with national satellite television provider regarding deceptive advertising practices; Leader of 50-state investigation and principal drafter of judgment resulting from investigation of compliance with prior settlement.

Lead counsel in first state-brought complaint filed under Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, resulting in an Agreed Judgment requiring compliance with the federal law.

Executive Committee member and principal drafter of multistate settlement resolving investigation of advertising and sales practices of Voice over Internet Provider.

Lead counsel in first spyware case brought under Texas state law against major distributor of compact discs, resulting in an Agreed Judgment that included cessation of use of certain software and clearer disclosures.

Lead counsel in lawsuit against debt settlement company, resulting in an Agreed Judgment returning over $4 million to consumers.

Lead counsel in lawsuit against second-largest credit counseling agency in the U.S., resulting in an Agreed Judgment significantly revising marketing practices and in Congressional review and industry-wide reform.

Lead counsel in lawsuit against third-largest social networking site in the U.S. for deceptive electronic mail enrollment messages, resulting in an Agreed Judgment.

Leader of 48-state multistate investigation into deceptive sales of membership programs through negative option post-transaction marketing, resulting in an Agreed Judgment with over $30 million in restitution and payment to states.

Leader of 48-state multistate investigation of a major Internet Service Provider, resulting in an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance requiring reforms in its marketing and retention practices.

Honors

NAGTRI Faculty of the Year Award, 2018

NAGTRI International Fellows Program, 2018

NAAG Career Staff of the Year Award, 2020

Memberships

ABA, Antitrust Section and Consumer Protection Committee, member

State Bar of Texas, Consumer and Commercial Law Section, member

Austin Bar Association, member

American Academy of Forensic Sciences, fellow

International Association of Forensic Sciences, delegate

Austin Teen Court 2002 – 2008, co-director