Paul Fogel

  • Lecturer
  • Tel: 415-659-5929
  • Reed Smith LLP, 101 Second Street San Francisco, CA 94105
Paul Fogel

Paul Fogel practiced appellate law for more than 30 years before his appointment in September 2009 as a judge on the Alameda County Superior Court. He served on that Court for approximately two years. In October 2011, he returned to Reed Smith LLP, where he is a partner in the Appellate Group and a State Bar Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, handling appeals, writs, posttrial motions, and complex law and motion matters in a variety of substantive law areas. Fogel has handled more than 450 appellate matters, which have produced more than 65 published opinions from the California courts of appeal, the Ninth Circuit, and the California Supreme Court.

Fogel is a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a past President of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and a past member of the California Judicial Council’s Appellate Advisory Committee and the Ninth Circuit Committee on Rules and Internal Operating Practices. He was a member of the California Judicial Council’s Appellate Rules Task Force, which drafted a comprehensive revision of the California appellate rules from 1998 to 2004. Fogel taught American and comparative law as a Fulbright Fellow at the Universite de Paris, Faculte de Droit from 1979 to 1980, has authored numerous articles and book chapters on appellate law, practice, and procedure, and served as a practitioner-advisor in appellate advocacy at Berkeley Law for 20 years before his appointment as an adjunct lecturer at Berkeley Law. Fogel has served as a periodic lecturer for the U.S. State Department since 1980 in francophone Africa, the Middle East, France, and Belgium, lecturing on topics such as independence of the judiciary, federalism, judicial review, constitutional law, the legal profession, election law, and human rights. He clerked for California Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird from 1983 to 1987.


B.A., UC Berkeley (1971)
J.D., UC Los Angeles (1976)