Zinzow Law
Paul Fischel

Paul Fischel

Senior Attorney

Paul L. Fischel is a Senior Attorney with Zinzow Law; Paul practices in the areas of Construction, Real Estate, Business Transactional Law, and Commercial Litigation. His background in construction, engineering, and development is vast. Paul studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas before pursuing law. Paul’s involvement as in-house counsel to a large Construction and Engineering Firm afforded him an invaluable perspective into the business and daily workings of the Construction industry. In addition to serving as in-house-counsel, Paul served as the Construction Firm’s Director of Operations, Project Engineer, and Controller. Paul’s diverse experiences provide him with a unique understanding and appreciation for how complex the day-to-day operations of the Construction Industry can be. This insider knowledge gives Paul the ability to develop creative approaches to solution delivery.

Paul was born in Chicago and raised with strong family, religious, and cultural values. Other than his family, Paul’s biggest passion is his love for all sports. It was therefore only natural that Paul would become a stellar student Athlete. In Chicago, Paul excelled at hockey, but when his family relocated to South Florida hockey was no longer an option. Paul filled the void with football, baseball, basketball, golf, and soccer, earning athletic and academic scholarships to several Ivy League colleges for both football and baseball. Sports grounded Paul and taught him the importance of a team. His college years in Texas brought Paul a different perspective on the world, teaching him a set of tenets that are the cornerstone of Zinzow Law (the Code of the West*Insert link). All the lessons, values, and life experiences Paul gained throughout the years are edified in his most important role with his most treasured creations, his four beautiful children.

Education

J.D., 1999, St. Thomas University School of Law

Awards: Highest Marks in Personal Federal Income Taxation and ERISA Law

B.A., 1992, Florida Atlantic University

Major: Psychology

1985-1987, University of Texas (Full Academic Scholarship)

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Honors & Accolades

  • U.S. Army National Scholar Athlete
  • Offered full Football and Baseball Athletic Scholarships (University of Washington, in St. Louis and University of Pennsylvania)
  • Offered full Scholarships to University of Texas and Vanderbilt University
  • Mechanical Engineering Competition—1 st Place (USA)—Best Computer Graphics
  • Mechanical Engineering Competition—1 st Place (Texas)—Best Overall Design

Bar Admissions

State Courts:

The Florida Bar

Federal Courts:

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • Tampa Bay Business Owners
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Lutz Little League/Lutz Baseball – Board of Directors; Safety Committee Chairman; Division Director, and Coach
  • Tampa Bay Youth Football League Coach
  • Tampa Bay United Soccer Coach
  • Special Olympics – Athlete Assistant
  • South Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Taste of South Tampa Committee
  • Co-Founder/V.P. of SWAN (Organization at F.A.U. dedicated to the enhancement of cultural awareness and cross-cultural activities).
  • International Diplomatic Corps or Florida – Director
  • Meals on Wheels Tampa — Volunteer

Publications

  • Construction Contract Workshop, Guest Lecturer: Reviewing Bidding Documents
  • Construction Contract Workshop & Bidding
  • Lien Law & Accounts Receivable Collection Seminars