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Michael C. Paupeck

Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Michael Paupeck represents national corporations in high-stakes, high-exposure cases involving millions of dollars of liability, and smaller businesses requiring creative techniques for resolving litigation disputes. Michael focuses his practice on construction litigation, professional liability litigation, commercial litigation and catastrophic injury.  

He has successfully defended and represented a wide range of clients including architects, engineers, contractors and owners in professional liability and construction defect cases and various businesses in complex commercial matters.  He has litigated cases involving commercial contract disputes, serious personal injury and wrongful death actions in Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

Michael has been recognized for his litigation and construction knowledge and skills by Super Lawyers Magazine and Georgia Trend.

Michael graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2009, and received his undergraduate degree from University of Georgia in 2006.


University of Georgia, B.B.A., summa cum laude, 2006

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2009
Vanderbilt Law Review
Order of the Coif

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia

Representative Experience

Successfully defended supplier of cableway crane towers in $74 million dispute.

Represented KBR in the successful recovery of $34 million in Georgia and Delaware litigation against one of the world’s largest corrugated packaging companies.

Obtained favorable settlement for contractor as plaintiff/counter-defendant against subcontractor in a commercial dispute involving over $6 million.

Successfully defended geotechnical engineering firm in a $17 million dispute related to an underground mine collapse and subsidence event.

Obtained summary judgment for architect in negligent design action involving a college dormitory.

Represented bridge engineering firm in the resolution of a dispute related to the rehabilitation of a 100+ year old steel deck arch bridge.

Successfully defended over-the-counter drug manufacturer and distributor in products liability dispute.

Obtained favorable arbitration award in the defense of a 3D laser scanning surveying subcontractor in a $19 million dispute related to the redecking of the old Tappan Zee Bridge in New York.

Awards & Recognitions

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Risings Stars List, Construction Litigation (2014-2021)

Georgia Trend, Legal Elite, Real Estate / Construction Law (2016)

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association

Atlanta Bar Association