Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Paul was the youngest of seven children in a hardworking Catholic family. His father was a WWII veteran and FBI agent. Paul’s parents instilled in him a strong sense of self-reliance, independence, and work ethic. Although Paul spent a majority of his childhood growing up in Battle Creek and Saugatuck, Michigan, his family moved to South Florida in Paul’s junior year of high school.
After graduating from Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach, Florida, Paul worked for a year to save money so he could return to Michigan to attend college at Western Michigan University. During Paul’s undergraduate studies, he worked a number of jobs, including two years as a tax intern with the global public accounting firms of Ernst & Young LLP and KPMG LLP.
He graduated from Western Michigan University, magna cum laude, with a B.B.A. in Accounting and B.S. in Political Science, then earned a J.D. from Temple University School of Law. While attending evening classes at Temple University, Paul also worked full-time as a tax professional for a publicly-held company, Airgas, Inc., in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
Financially, these were difficult years for Paul and his young family, but they were incredibly rewarding years too. Suffice it to say, he understands the hopes, struggles, strength, and vision of Independent Michiganders like you.
The Experience Michigan Needs
Paul is a Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he teaches International Tax – Outbound and International Tax – Inbound in the LL.M Tax Program. He also teaches Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Taxation of Business Entities, and Wills, Estates and Trusts in the J.D. Program.
Prior to joining the faculty at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Paul was an International Tax Partner at Crowe Horwath LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While at Crowe Horwath LLP, he was the firm-wide Practice Leader – International Tax Services, firm-wide International Liaison Partner – Crowe Horwath International, and a member of the Crowe Horwath International Tax Executive Committee. Paul’s most recent industry experience was with a multi-billion dollar manufacturer as Corporate Counsel – International Tax.
Paul’s professional background includes work in industry (Amway Corporation; Dow Corning Corporation; Haworth, Inc.), public accounting (Crowe Horwath LLP; Ernst & Young LLP; Deloitte & Touche LLP), and law (Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, PC). His breadth of experience has given Paul a deep understanding of the laws which govern our nation as well as their practical applications.
An Advocate for the People
Increasingly divisive party agendas and a lack of real choice among candidates sparked Paul’s passion to run for U.S. Senate, where he will advocate for the true needs of his fellow Michiganders.
Paul’s commitment to public service began at the local level, where he served as Douglas Mayor Pro-Tem in addition to serving on the Douglas City Council, Douglas Board of Review, Douglas Village Council, and the Boards of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo Lake Sewer & Water Authority and Saugatuck-Douglas Community Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Pennsylvania, American Bar Association, Grand Rapids Bar Association, American Institute of CPAs and Michigan Association of CPAs.
Paul is the proud father of five children, aged 13 to 30 years. When he is not teaching law, writing, or operating his small international tax consulting business, Paul spends most of his time with his family, and he especially enjoys taking them to movies.