Paul graduated with undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Law (with Honours) from Monash University in 2008. While at law school, he achieved high distinctions in several units including Torts, and completed a semester abroad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was also while at law school that he developed necessary skills and a passion for trial advocacy on his way to reaching the finals of the Monash Law general moot competition.
After graduation, Paul completed his articles of clerkship with a leading plaintiff personal injury firm and was admitted as a solicitor in Victoria in 2009. From 2010 to 2012, he worked for a national mid-tier firm, acting for defendants in insurance and personal injuries litigation. While working as a solicitor, he completed part-time studies at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Master of Laws in 2012. He sat and passed the New York bar exams in 2013, and was admitted to practice in New York in 2014. He worked for a mid-size firm in Melbourne on his return from sitting the New York bar exams in 2013, working in workers compensation litigation until 2015 when he was called to the Victorian Bar.
Paul maintains an active litigation practice in areas of personal injury, insurance, sports law, and international arbitration. He regularly appears as counsel in trials (by judge alone or jury) in Victoria's Supreme Court and County Court, and in appeals in the Victorian Court of Appeal. He also has experience appearing in arbitration proceedings before the AAA in New York. He accepts briefs to appear alone, as junior counsel, and as leading counsel. A skilled advocate, he was awarded a “Red Silk’s Robe Bag” by E W Alstergren QC (now Chief Judge, Federal Circuit Court of Australia) in recognition of excellent work as junior counsel in a successful damages trial by jury. Aside from work as counsel, he has experience appearing as mediator in personal injuries matters.
In addition to practice, Paul lectures law on an adjunct basis at several leading universities. He is an appointed Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne, a Senior Fellow of Monash University, and a Visiting Senior Fellow of the National University of Singapore. He currently teaches Sports Law courses to LLB and LLM students at each university on an intensive basis. He previously lectured Torts at Monash University, for which he received an outstanding teaching award in 2014.
In March 2020 Paul was appointed by the Australian Government as an inaugural tribunal member (part-time) to the National Sports Tribunal for a three-year term.
- BCom, Monash University (Australia, 2008)
- LLB (Hons), Monash University (Australia, 2008)
- Solicitor, State of Victoria (Australia, 2009)
- LLM, University of Melbourne (Australia, 2012)
- Attorney-at-Law of the State of New York (USA, 2014)
- Barrister, Victorian Bar (Australia, 2015).
Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of Paul’s noteworthy cases in which he has appeared as counsel:
Insurance, Torts and Personal Injuries
- Forssell v CIP Constructions (Australia) Pty Ltd  VSCA 304 (Court of Appeal, appeal against serious injury refusal, successful)
- Forssell v CIP Constructions  VCC 627 (Serious Injury)
- Rincovitch v Reject Shop & Anor (2020, County Court, damages trial by Zoom, leading A Bannon, settled before verdict)
- Voss v Downes-Brydon  VSC 815 (Medical Panel, judicial review, failure to actively engage with fundamental issues raised on materials).
- Jones v Fish  VSC 542 (Medical Panel, judicial review, apprehended bias, post-accident work changes relevant to "significant contributing factor" question)
- Schmael v Leach  VSC 562 (Medical Panel, judicial review, failure to make inquiries)
- Jerak v Lazarus & Ors  VSC 729 (Medical Panel, judicial review, ss537(8) and 540)
- Jerak v Lazarus & Ors (Costs)  VSC 776 (Medical Panel, judicial review, certification of counsels fees)
- Ko v Hall  VSCA 224 (Medical Panel, judicial review, time limits for making determinations)
- Van Praag v VWA  VCC 1052 (Serious Injury application)
- Walkley v VWA  VCC (Serious Injury application, "worker")
- Zaa Thang v VWA  VCC 617 (Serious Injury application)
- Penn v Allied Express Couriers (2019, County Court, damages jury trial, leading A Bannon, settled before verdict)
- Chester v H.H. Webb  VSC 415 (Medical Panel, judicial review)
- Singh v Polar Fresh  VCC 1242 (Serious Injury application)
- Axiak v VWA  VCC 833 (Serious Injury application)
- Cannizzaro v VWA  VCC 355 (Serious Injury application)
- Khan v The Age  VSC 839 (civil procedure, stay of self-executing discovery order)
- Stocks v Johns  VSC 584 (stay of civil proceedings pending criminal appeal)
- Ceri v Secure Parking  VCC 640 (Wrongs Act, deemed significant injury, multiple defendants)
- St Luke's Anglicare v Handrinos  VSC 356 (Medical Panel, judicial review, disregarding unrelated impairment)
- Noori v VWA  VCC 321 (Serious Injury application)
- Cracknell v VWA  VCC 1898 (Serious Injury application)
- Jankulovska v Hayman  VSC 752 (Medical Panel, judicial review, procedural fairness)
- VWA v O'Briens (No 1)  VSC 39 (Workcover, Section 138 recovery)
- VWA v O'Briens (No 2)  VSC 68 (Calderbank offers)
- Penn v Allied Express Couriers  VCC 1956 (Serious Injury application)
- Tezeli v VWA  VCC 1068 (Serious Injury application)
- McLarty v Healthscope Operations  VCC 501 (Serious Injury application)
- Rukic v The Valley Private Hospital  VCC 1483 (Serious Injury / s23A application)
- Sehic v Toyota Motor Corporation  VCC 40 (Medical Panel, referral)
- Rakich v Bounce Australia (2016, High Court special leave application, settled)
- Novak v Yarra Swim School (Workcover, 2016, Supreme Court, damages jury trial, settled before verdict)
- Riska v Cabrini Health (2015, Workcover, County Court, damages jury trial, successful)
- Blunt v Svitzer Towage (2015, Workcover, County Court, damages jury trial, successful).
- Medical Panels in Victorian Personal Injury Law, Law Institute Journal, January/February 2019
- "Ambush Marketing" in Sports under Singapore Law, Singapore Law Gazette, July 2017, Pages 22-27
- “When Ambush Marketers smile at me, I go to Rio”: Protected uses of Olympic Insignia, Victorian Bar CommBar Matters newsletter, 24 August 2016 (co-authored with E Nikou)
- Validity of International Sports Arbitration Awards rendered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Victorian Bar CommBar Matters newsletter, 28 May 2015
- FIFA Transfer Rules and Unilateral Termination without “Just Cause”, 2 Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law (2013)
- The World Anti-Doping Code, The Athlete’s Duty of ‘Utmost Caution’ and the Elimination of Cheating, (2012) 23 Marquette Sports Law Review 45
- Athlete Privacy Rights and Endorsement Contracts, (2012) 11 Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal 460
- The AFL, Joint Venture Defence and Single Economic Entity Theory (2012) 20 Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law 149
- The Right of Publicity in New York and California: A Critical Analysis (2012) 19 Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal 481
- Disrepute the catch in case against Essendon, The Australian 23 August 2013
- Sports Lawyer Paul Czarnota outlines how the AFL can prove charges against Essendon, Herald Sun, 20 August 2013
- NSW Court of Appeal keeps a tight Rein over part time work (co-authored with G Davies)
- Finch prevails over Telstra Super in the High Court’ (co-authored with G Davies).
- Chronic Pain claims, CPD seminar delivered to law firms, August 2020
- Damages proceedings for breaches of OHS Regulations, CPD seminar delivered to law firms, November 2019
- "Arising out of, or in the course of employment: The changing judicial landscape after Comcare v PVYW", CPD seminar delivered to law firms, March 2019
- "Sport Law and Ambush Marketing: Review and Law Reform", NUS EW Barker Centre for Law and Business (Singapore), 14 August 2018
- Medical Panels in Victorian Personal Injury Law, CPD session delivered to a number of law firms in 2018
- "Outer Limits of Vicarious Liability and Agency in Tort", Legalwise Seminar, 28 March 2017
- "Athlete Privacy and Publicity Rights" (co-presented with Professor Geoffrey Scott), Monash University, Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies, Visiting Professor Seminar Series, on 5 August 2015
- Ruling of the Munich Appeals Court, Germany in Claudia Pechstein v International Skating Union, ANZSLA event, 13 May 2015.
From 01 May 2015, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.