Paulson, Colter

Colter Paulson

Senior Associate

Contributor to the Squire Patton Boggs Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog, which discusses news and opinions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Colter Paulson focuses his practice on litigation, particularly appellate litigation.

He has litigated matters in the manufacturing, finance, design, healthcare and high-tech industries including employment cases. Colter also has experience in copyright and patent litigation, both at trial level and on appeal to the Federal Circuit. As an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Colter teaches the Sixth Circuit Clinic.

In addition, Colter has significant international experience in cross-border litigation on behalf of clients in China, Korea, Russia, Brazil and Costa Rica.

Colter is co-author of “The Supreme Court Signals the End of Class Arbitration And, Perhaps, Breathes New Life Into Class Action Waivers,” published by the BNA Class Action Litigation Report and author of “Compliance with Final Judgments of the International Court of Justice Since 1987,” published in the American Journal of International Law in 2004. He is recognized as a Rising Star in Ohio Super Lawyers, naming him one of the top 2.5 percent of Ohio lawyers age 40 or under or in practice for 10 years or less.

Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Colter was a law clerk to The Honorable Max Rosenn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is the chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Court of Appeals Committee.



  • Obtaining vacatur of an international anti-suit injunction by the Eleventh Circuit that had prevented a Costa Rica-based client from proceeding with litigation in Costa Rica.
  • Achieving reversal by the First Circuit of a trial court’s refusal to require the parties to arbitrate in China, where the plaintiff sued a US subsidiary based on the parent company's actions in China.
  • In a pro bono case before the Sixth Circuit, successfully reversing the dismissal of a petition for habeas corpus regarding the Double Jeopardy Clause.

Trial Level

  • Obtaining dismissal of fraud claims in New York federal court based on Korean law on behalf of a Korean bank in litigation arising from the collapse of a Belgium-based company.
  • Prevailing on all counts at summary judgment in an employment case in Ohio state court.


  • Columbia University, J.D., editorial board, Journal of Transnational Law, 2004
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., 2001


  • Massachusetts, 2005
  • Ohio, 2007


  • U.S. Ct. of App., First Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Eleventh Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio, 2007

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