Paul B. Maslo

Partner

Paul leads Napoli Shkolnik’s Class Actions and Commercial Litigation Department. Prior to joining the firm as a partner in early 2016, Paul was a litigation associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

Paul has extensive experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in litigation involving securities, employment issues, antitrust violations, business torts, contractual disputes, valuation, pharmaceuticals, consumer claims, and the sale of art. His cases are routinely covered by both the mainstream media—e.g., The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, Reuters, and Bloomberg—and legal press.

For example, Paul is currently litigating several high-profile cases:

  • He represents drivers in an action against Uber under the Fair Labor Standards Act in federal court in the Middle District of North Carolina. According to Reuters, this was one of the “top five wage-and-hour cases of 2017.” The main claim is that Uber misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors and that, as employees, they are entitled to minimum wage and overtime. Though attorneys from several law firms have attempted to certify a nationwide collective of Uber drivers, Paul is the only one that has succeeded. The opt-in period recently closed and over 5,200 drivers—out of approximately 17,800 who opted out of arbitration and are eligible to litigate their claims—have joined the case.
  • He represents a business manager in a breach-of-contract action related to the non-payment of fees against a hip-hop/R&B artist in New York state court. Defendant is a top-selling performer who has won and been nominated for numerous awards (e.g., American Music, Grammy, Billboard, World Music, BET, Teen Choice, and MTV).
  • He represents medical examiners in an FLSA action involving the performance of off-the-clock work against Quest Diagnostics in federal court in the Southern District of New York. In addition to certifying a nationwide collective including both independent contractors and employees, Paul obtained collective members’ contact information in pre-certification discovery (Quest contested the motion before the magistrate and district court judges) and successfully opposed Quest’s motion to take depositions before filing its opposition to certification. Significantly, in certifying the collective, the court rejected all of Quest’s arguments and ruled in Paul’s favor on every single point of contention. Notice recently went out to the collective and around 2,000 examiners have already joined the case.
  • He represents drivers in a breach-of-contract action related to upfront pricing against Uber in federal court in the Northern District of California. In addition to successfully opposing Uber’s motion to dismiss, Paul certified a nationwide class consisting of all drivers who opted out of arbitration. Uber vigorously contested the motion for certification, including by submitting a voluminous expert report from an economist at U.C. Berkeley.

In addition to litigating complex cases, Paul has published in several of the country’s most well-regarded law reviews and legal journals, including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, University of Michigan Law Review, New York University Journal of Law & Business, University of Michigan Journal of Private Equity & Venture Capital Law, University of Virginia Journal of International Law, Washington University Law Review, and Berkeley Journal of International Law. He also authored a chapter in a treatise published by Oxford University Press and has written articles in several professional journals.

Paul attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School and studied finance at the Wharton School of Business. He wrote his law school graduation paper under the guidance of the Honorable Kent A. Jordan, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Before law school, Paul attended graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied biology. He also worked at Morgan Stanley and as a Grant-Funded Research Assistant at Harvard Medical School. As an undergraduate biology major in the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell University, Paul was the recipient of research fellowships from Princeton University (awarded to less than 10% of the applicants) and Rockefeller University (awarded to less than 3% of the applicants). In addition, Paul was offered research fellowships at the Yale School of Medicine, California Institute of Technology, and University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

Research that Paul contributed to at Harvard was presented at the International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology in Prague, Czech Republic and the Yeast Biology Meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

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