Paul J. Fraidenburgh

Paul J. Fraidenburgh



  • Litigation

WSG Practice Industries


California, U.S.A.


Paul Fraidenburgh is a trial lawyer who serves as Chair of Litigation for Buchalter’s Orange County office. He focuses his practice on representing clients in high-stakes commercial litigation, arbitration, and regulatory compliance matters.

Clients praise Paul for his “high-energy, stamina, professional ethics, and vigorous intellectual capabilities.”

Paul has prevailed on behalf of clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and at the state Supreme Court level. He has also served as lead trial counsel in California and beyond. He represents clients ranging from government agencies to Fortune 100 companies. In 2018, Paul was named a “Top 40 Under 40” lawyer by the Daily Journal, as one of only 20 lawyers selected from Southern California.

 “Delivered masterful written and oral arguments.”
– Counsel for government agency client

In 2021, Paul represented a healthcare district in the trial of a high-profile case in which the plaintiff claimed $9.1 million in lost rental income damages as a result of a multi-year dispossession from a 60,000 square foot office building. Paul and his team achieved a complete defense verdict and a judgment in favor of the healthcare district for more than $4 million.

Additional highlights of Paul’s recent work include:

  • Successfully briefed, argued, and prevailed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, achieving dismissal of 8-figure claims against a public airport in November 2017. SilverWing at Sandpoint, LLC v. Bonner Cty., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 21970 (9th Cir. 2017).
  • Won a unanimous reversal in a state supreme court following the trial court’s denial of a motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict.
  • Successfully served as lead trial counsel in a two-week jury trial and obtained a verdict limiting exposure to less than 1% of the amount sought by the Plaintiff. (Additional trial experience includes representing a Fortune 100 company in a three-week jury trial and serving as first chair and second chair in bench trials and jury trials.)
  • Successfully represented a transportation industry client in obtaining summary judgment and more than $900,000 in attorney’s fees in high-exposure federal litigation.
  • Represented a leading aircraft maintenance company in state, federal, and Part 16 actions over an airport hangar lease dispute, resulting in a complete victory for the client on summary judgment and an award of more than $1.4 million in attorney’s fees.
  • Represented a leading national energy company in regulatory compliance matters related to a wind energy project.
  • Successfully represented a Beijing-based client in obtaining a high-dollar figure judgment in litigation in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
  • Advised a mining transportation and logistics company on FAA regulatory compliance matters related to the operation of large delivery drones.
  • Successfully responded to Department of Transportation subpoenas and obtained complete dismissal of DOT enforcement action.

Paul has also served as an active member of several firm committees. As a member of the Pro Bono Committee, he has volunteered his time to organizations that serve underprivileged children.

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • University of the Pacific
Areas of Practice

Litigation | White Collar & Investigations


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