Paul is a founding partner of Compton Jones Dresher LLP, a
commercial real estate and financial services boutique law firm,
based in Birmingham, Alabama. From 2018 to 2020 Paul served as
General Counsel of the United States Department of Housing and
Urban Development, Washington, D.C. He was chief legal advisor to
Secretary Ben Carson and managed a staff of more than 600
professional staff across the United States. He also served as Vice
Chairman of the Mortgage Review Board of the Federal Housing
Administration and Designated Agency Ethics Official for HUD.
Prior to service at HUD, he was a lawyer and partner for 29
years at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, where he served on its
managing board and as Finance Chairman. He practices primarily in
the areas of financial institution regulation, multifamily
affordable housing finance and tax credit transactions.
Paul received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of
Virginia School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from the
University of Alabama and studied at the London School of Economics
and Political Science. He is a Harry S. Truman Scholar. He is a
member of the Alabama and Georgia bars.