Paul Oliver Eisler is a Washington, D.C. and Maryland attorney who has advised Fortune 500 companies and self-made entrepreneurs.
Through his work with nonprofits, he has made legal services affordable to small business owners in historically undeserved communities.
Because of his occupation as an in-house attorney, he does not accept new clients. However, he remains an active member of the D.C. and Maryland bars.
Paul's "blawg" (law blog) focuses on issues of personal finance, business, and economics. When relevant, he emphasizes the local effect of government rules and policies.
He also occasionally writes book reviews and shares his thoughts on a variety of topics. Below, you will find details about his legal career and qualifications:
INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT
Paul began his legal career at the United States Telecom Association, a trade association with more than 120 years of history in American public affairs whose present-day members include AT&T, Verizon, and other major communications providers, as well as local cooperatives. Member company services include phone, Internet, cable television, and innovative technologies.
As a consultant for the broadband industry, Paul developed cost estimation models for the Connect America Fund, which extends high-speed Internet to millions of Americans who would otherwise lack access to, and therefore participation in, the growing digital economy. Expanding the online marketplace is expected to create thousands of new U.S. jobs and create a more just society.
Paul is an experienced advisor on pioneering legal issues involving the security of the digital economy. He has given private lectures to industry insiders about efforts to secure critical U.S. infrastructure, including financial services, from accidental and intentional service disruptions.
His opinions have been included in the public records of the Federal Communications Commission and shaped industry responses to other government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, and state-level agencies such as the New York Public Service Commission.
Moreover, Paul’s perspicacious writings on matters of civil liberties have contributed to the telecommunications industry’s understanding of nonpartisan legal reforms supported by groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans for Tax Reform.
Since becoming an independent consultant, Paul has been hired on five separate occasions by USTelecom. Most recently, he led a study on the governance and operations of public-private partnerships in the communications, financial services, energy, healthcare, and information technology industries.
Since passing the bar exam, Paul has sometimes offered estate planning and other basic legal services at affordable rates to people from many different walks of life, including fellow jurists and public affairs professionals.
As a solo practitioner, he has represented a $12.5 million real estate development company. He has also helped owners of investment properties self-manage and control their investments.
The total value of estates he has planned exceeds $30 million. He has substantial experience working with estates that include numismatics, precious metals, antiques, and fine arts.
On various occasions, he has advised highly accomplished athletes and helped organize events featuring Team USA members and Junior Olympic medalists with promising careers. He has experience helping athletes on an individual basis, discussing matters ranging from their closely held businesses to their long-term career plans, publicity rights, and personal finances.
Paul has helped retired athletes with distinguished careers establish a nonprofit presence in the State of Maryland, which required corresponding with both the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (MD SDAT) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to secure tax-exempt status.
Additionally, he corresponded with U.S. State Department officials on the retired athletes' behalf in a bid to secure federal funding for a charitable sports program.
CREDENTIALS & ASSOCIATIONS
Paul was a legal research fellow of his alma mater, American University Washington College of Law, where he began studying law at the early age of twenty and was the youngest J.D. graduate of the 2012 class. His fellowship focused on economic policy and commerce. He is an alumnus of the American University Law Review, a top-50 U.S. law journal, and he was an editor of the Arbitration Brief, as well as a faculty senate representative.
Paul has consistently remained a member in good standing with the District of Columbia and Maryland bars. He has voluntarily joined numerous professional organizations for attorneys, including the American Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, the Federal Communications Bar Association, and the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.
Paul is a magna cum laude graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he was Chief Justice of the Student Court and earned a Bachelor of Humanities in just three years with a major in English. He was also a graduate of the honors program and wrote his thesis on themes of law and justice in classic American literature.
He was one of the youngest attorneys in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area when he began his career.