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Schinner, Paul

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Practice Areas

  • False Claims Act Qui Tam Whistleblower Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment & Business Litigation
  • Severance Agreements
  • Non-Compete & Other Restrictive Covenants
  • Unemployment Compensation


Attorney Schinner is an employment law and corporate fraud litigator representing clients in a wide range of employment and fraud-related matters. Approximately half of his regular practice focuses primarily on representation of whistleblowers seeking recovery of fraudulently obtained taxpayer funds through legal action brought under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Because Cross Law Firm’s whistleblower practice is national in scope, attorney Schinner is part of a close-knit team of attorneys and staff and a national network of FCA specialists, and he investigates, researches, drafts, and files sealed complaints in federal courts across the country to uncover and put a stop to fraud schemes and to obtain recovery for our whistleblower clients.  In addition, attorney Schinner handles all types of whistleblower and retaliation claims.

The other half of attorney Schinner’s legal practice is dedicated to representing clients in employment and business matters including mediation and litigation of employment discrimination claims in state and federal administrative agencies and courts; negotiation of severance agreements; wage and hour litigation; and other complex matters. He successfully counsels and represents clients from all walks of life. He believes that, regardless of the complexity of a legal matter or the amount of money at stake, each client deserves the cost-effective, high-quality legal advice necessary to guide them through unfamiliar situations and important disputes.

Attorney Schinner believes in empowering clients to make informed decisions based on a full understanding of their legal position, recognizing that ultimately it is the client’s unique circumstances, goals and appetite for risk that controls the course of the case. Aggressive and direct but fair and approachable, attorney Schinner is neither a “hired gun” nor a yes-man — he is an advisor and litigator who counsels clients based on the law and the facts at issue.

A proud “double” Badger, attorney Schinner received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, he studied history and psychology and completed a thesis on the American Labor Movement as well as research projects exploring the neuroscience of human decision-making. During law school, he developed his legal skills interning for both the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court and working as a law clerk for three well-respected Wisconsin law firms. Recognized for his legal writing and analysis, attorney Schinner served as an editor for two law journals and had his environmental law scholarship selected for publication in the Wisconsin Law Review.

In his free time, Paul enjoys playing and teaching tennis; Badger and Bucks basketball; classic films; historical biographies; political debate; white water rafting; spoken-word poetry; Russian and American novels; Showtime’s "Homeland" and HBO’s "Silicon Valley;" and destroying  his younger brothers in one-on-one basketball.


University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
Juris Doctor – 2016
Honors: Dean’s Academic Achievement Award (Dean’s list 4/6 semesters)
Honors: Pro Bono Society
Honors: Environmental Law Scholarship
Law Review: Wisconsin Law Review

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Arts – 2013
Major: History and Psychology

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Past Positions

  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Intern
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court, Intern