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Paul Alarcón is an experienced product liability and appellate litigator. For more than 10 years, he has represented businesses in product liability, personal injury, class action, and mass tort cases and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the United States and in arbitration. 

Paul has co-chaired high-exposure trials on behalf of product manufacturers. He has authored briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and numerous U.S. district courts and California superior courts.

Paul has defended manufacturers of a variety of products, including automobiles, tractor trailers, heavy machinery, energy equipment, construction materials, sports safety equipment, as well as medical devices and prescription drugs.

Paul is actively involved in several bar associations and other legal organizations focused on product liability, appellate law, and legal professionalism, including the Product Liability Advisory Council’s Case Selection Committee and the American Bar Association’s Appellate Law Practice Committee.

In his free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and six children, reading fiction, and serving on the board of Casa Teresa, an organization addressing the needs of pregnant women in crisis.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio


  • Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, J.D., 2010

    summa cum laude

  • Thomas Aquinas College, B.A., 2007

Professional Associations

    • Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)
      —Amicus Program Case Selection Committee
    • American Bar Association
      —Litigation Section Appellate Committee 
      —Programming Subcommittee, Chair
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Orange County Bar Association
    • Saint Thomas More Society of Orange County
      —Board of Directors
    • Charles Institute
      —Leadership Team
    • National Order of the Scribes
    • Casa Teresa
      —Board of Directors, Chairman of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee


    • Best Lawyers
      —Ones to Watch: Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2024
      —Ones to Watch – Appellate Practice, 2021 – 2024

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • “Amicus Program – 2023 Year in Review: Hot Topics, Developments and Emerging Issues,” Co-Presenter, PLAC 2024 Spring Conference, April 2024
  • "Accident Scene: Best Methods and Strategies for Investigating, Documenting, Measurement of Scenes and How to Litigate These Cases," Presenter, My Law CLE Live Video Broadcast, October 2022
  • "LEGAL TRAPS & TRICKS: Legal Traps to be Prepared For as You Head Back to Trial, and Tricks to Help you Succeed," Presenter, PLAC Fall Conference, September 2021
  • "Return to Play: Update on Youth Sports and Concussions," Presenter, March 2019
  • "California's Youth Concussion Law AB-2007: Best Practices for your Youth Sports Organization," Presenter, Webinar, February 2018
  • "Youth Sports: Concussion Concern, Injury Analysis and Compliance with California's New Concussion Law," Presenter, Webinar June 2017


  • "Changes For Youth Football In California And Beyond," Co-Author, Law360, March 2018
  • "New Calif. Law Will Change Youth Sports Concussion Cases," Co-Author, Law360, March 2017
  • "Star Wars: The Battle to Protect the Rights of Publicity of America's Astronauts," Co-Author, Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal 41, Winter 2016
  • "The High Calling of the Lawyer: Legal Counseling in Light of Natural Law," Author, Ad Veritatem, Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2011
  • "Digest: Vargas v. City of Salinas," Author, Chapman Law Review, Volume 13, Issue 2, Winter 2010
  • "Recognizing and Regulating Home Schooling in California: Balancing Parental and State Interests in Education," Author, Chapman Law Review, Volume 13, Issue 2, Winter 2010


  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable Daniel A. Manion, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (2012 - 2014)
  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable J. Leon Holmes, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas (2010 - 2012)
  • Judicial extern to the Honorable David G. Sills, Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three (Spring Semester 2009)