Paul J. Doolittle
Paul was born in Columbia, South Carolina. His father proudly served in the Navy for over twenty years but luckily, the family did little moving. After a few early years in Norfolk, Virginia the family relocated to Charleston, South Carolina where they remained until moving to Lake Wateree outside of Camden, South Carolina. Simply a great place to grow up. He now lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with his wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters.
Paul began his working career at the age of twelve running the cash register in the early morning at a local bait shop on Lake Wateree. He still loves watching the sunrise every morning. As soon as he was old enough he began work at the Shaw Air Force Base Recreation Center on Lake Wateree where he eventually became manager of the twenty-three acre facility earning one of the highest civilian post in the Air Force before graduating high school.
After graduating Paul moved to Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina, the home of the Fighting Gamecocks. He majored in Philosophy and minored in business law. Upon graduation he decided to take a job in the mail room at Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough in Columbia to get an inside look at the practice of law. From the mail room to runner to trial assistant, this experience proved very valuable as it gave him a practical context of the daily practice of law before entering law school.
Paul stayed in Columbia and picked the University of South Carolina School of Law for his legal education where he graduated in the top 20% of his class. While in law school, he became an Associate Justice of the Moot Court Bar and the Manager of the Moot Court Bar Team. After wining the Regional Competition in Baltimore, the team placed highly in the National Competition in San Francisco. Paul received the Pro Bono of the Year Award in 1993 and remains committed to pro bono efforts to this day. Paul was also a member of the John Belton O’Neal Inn of Court and the Dean’s Student Advisory Council. He was on the Dean’s Honor List and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Evidence.
After law school, Paul moved to Greenville, South Carolina where he began work at Foster & Foster handling a vast array of cases from auto accidents to complex automobile dealer buy/sell transactions. An experience he still values to this day. After gaining experience in and out of the court room, Paul joined what is now the Motley Rice law firm where he eventually became a partner. He began his career in the Greenville office but moved to Charleston to be at the firm’s main office. There he began and chaired the firm’s Nursing Home Practice Group which he grew to four lawyers and numerous paralegals representing clients in multiple states receiving multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements in numerous states. He was also heavily involved in the firm’s medical malpractice group again receiving multimillion dollar settlements in numerous states. He also co-chaired the firm’s Catastrophic Injury Group which was started to handle the firm’s most complex and high damage cases at the firm. Paul also became a Regional Chair in the firm’s Asbestos Practice Group where he was responsible for thousands of cases in over fifteen states. He worked with co-counsel in those states to push the trial docket and resolve cases. He still holds the highest verdict ever received in a Minnesota asbestos trial.
Paul has been recognized for his courtroom skills and verdicts. He is serious, heartfelt and tenacious. He feels helping ordinary people have their day in court is a great honor. He is proud to help level the playing field for individuals and is relentless in seeking justice for his clients.
Paul resigned his partnership at Motley Rice and opened his own firm with his best good friend, Fritz Jekel. The two make an outstanding duo fighting to achieve justice for their clients.