Paul’s practice is primarily devoted to representing entrepreneurs and investors, and serving as general counsel to businesses and non-profit organizations. He counsels clients in all phases of their business life, from formation or acquisition; to planning, strategy and growth; to succession and exit planning, through sale and transition.
Clients frequently rely on Paul’s advice for a wide range of legal matters, including contract negotiations, commercial transactions, private stock and membership interest offerings, employment matters, and disputes among business owners. He is particularly well versed in helping businesses, including family-owned companies, address the sensitive and often complex issues associated with business succession, as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Paul also works with land owners, developers and builders in a number of industry-specific issues and he oversees the firm’s affiliate real estate title company, Crossroads Title Group, LLC.
His clients consider him an integral part of their team of advisors and depend on him not only for their legal needs, but for his counsel on management, governance and strategic decisions.
Paul serves as the Managing Director of Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC, a role that he considers critical not only to the growth and success of the firm, but one which allows him to ensure that the firm’s clients receive superior service and counsel.
Paul believes that supporting the various communities in which he, as well as the firm’s clients and employees, live, work and play is extremely important. He has a strong track record of involvement, often in leadership roles, in numerous business associations and non-profit organizations, particularly in the areas of business advocacy, economic development, technology, leadership development, and health care.
Paul lives in Ellicott City with his family, he loves to travel and enjoys spending time outdoors, and is always up for a good adventure.
- Business and Transactional
- Commercial Lending
- Real Estate
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Labor & Employment Law
- Intellectual Property & Technology Law
- Private Client
- Community Associations
- Health Care Law
Areas of Focus
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Real Estate Transactions
- Family Businesses & Succession Planning
- Exit Strategies
- Commercial Contracts
- Business Formation & Structure
- Corporate Governance & Duties to Investors
- Employment, Non-Competition & Severance Agreements
- Commercial Leasing
- Disputes Amongst Business Owners
- Private Offerings
- Banking and Financial Institutions
- Title Insurance & Settlement Services
- Asset Protection
- Howard County General Hospital, Trustee (2011 – Present)
- Chair (2017- 2019)
- Vice-Chair (2015 – 2017)
- Secretary (2013 – 2015)
- Howard Technology Council’s Advisory Board, Director (2014 – Present)
- Maryland Business for Responsive Government, Director (2014 – Present)
- Leadership Howard County, General Counsel (2014 – Present)
- Chairman (2006 – 2008)
- Director (2001 – 2009)
- Johns Hopkins Medicine, Trustee (2015 – 2019)
- Howard County Chamber of Commerce
- Chairman (2004 – 2005)
- Director (1998 – 2007)
- Past Chair Council (2015 – 2019)
- Howard Hospital Foundation
- Chairman (2011 – 2013)
- Trustee (2008 – 2019)
- Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Director (2005 – 2008)
- Howard County Arts Council, Director (2009 – 2012)
- Vice-Chair (2010 – 2012)
- Business Law Section of the Maryland Bar Association, Member
- Johns Hopkins University, B.A. in Economics
- University of Maryland School of Law, J.D.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Small Business Administration – Attorney Advocate of the Year (2018)
- Leadership Howard County – Distinguished Alumni Award (2013)
- Howard County Chamber of Commerce – Exemplar Award (2013)
- Baltimore Magazine – Super Lawyer (2013 – 2020)
- Smart CEO Magazine – Legal Elite (2009 and 2010)
Well, in addition to all the other obvious answers, I guess I would pursue two initiatives. First, I would start a private equity firm and make investments in budding entrepreneurs and all their crazy ideas. I love innovation and those with the courage to pursue their ideas and dreams…it’s what makes America the greatest country in the world!
Second, I would start a non-profit organization whose mission it would be to carry out anonymous random acts of kindness. It’s not about the recognition, it’s about putting a smile on the face of someone in need and watching quietly from afar.