Intellectual Property Industries

Government Experience

  • Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Maryland Attorney General

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1972
  • B.A., U.S. Naval Academy, 1966

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Joseph H. Young, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1972 - 1973
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Paul F. Strain


For more than 30 years, Paul Strain has concentrated on litigation involving complex issues of technology and science. He has successfully argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Circuits, and state high courts, and has appeared as lead jury-trial counsel on behalf of significant American corporations in federal or state courts in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. He has been the chief litigator for the State of Maryland, the Head of Venable's litigation practice, and the chief litigator for clients in intellectual property, product liability, and complex commercial litigation, including commercial fraud. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Paul has been recognized as a leader in his field by publications such as Chambers USA. He serves as a national or regional counsel for several clients and has vast experience representing pharmaceutical companies and other manufacturers in product liability, surety, bad faith, intellectual property and other litigation involving issues of science and technology.

Significant Matters

Recent examples of Paul’s cases include successful representation of clients in the Supreme Court (reversing the Circuit Court opinion against Venable's client), Federal Circuit (affirming the trial jury's judgment for Venable's client), 4th Circuit (affirming summary judgment in favor of Venable's client), 1st Circuit (reversing trial verdict against Venable’s client), 2nd Circuit (affirming summary judgment for Venable’s client) as well as defense verdicts for Venable’s clients in many different jurisdictions, a plaintiff’s verdict for Venable’s industrial client in the Eastern District of Ohio, obtaining a verdict valued in excess of $13 million and a verdict in favor of Venable's client for willful infringement in the Northern District of Illinois.


Active in professional associations, Paul belongs to the Maryland State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, and the Section of Litigation, Intellectual Property and Tort and Insurance Practice Sections of the American Bar Association and the International Association of Defense Counsel. In 1999, Paul was a faculty member for the Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel.