Honors and Awards
- Board Certified: Texas Board of Legal Specialization: Personal Injury Law
- Board Certified: Texas Board of Legal Specialization: Civil Appellant Law
- Licensed to Practice Law: State of Texas
- Licensed to Practice Law: State of Louisiana
- Center for American & International Law, Climate Change Conference panelist (2008)
- University of Texas Continuing Legal Education, Wind Energy Institute panelist (2008)
- Businessweek’s Premier Lawyers of America (2008)
- Texas Super Lawyer (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003)
- “Ten Best List” by Texas Monthly (2001, 1999, 1997, 1995)
Paul Sadler is a practicing attorney licensed in the State of Texas and Louisiana. He is board certified in Texas Civil Appellate Law and Personal Injury Trial Law. Sadler graduated from Baylor University in 1977 and Baylor Law School in 1979.
He began his legal career doing insurance defense with the Waco law firm of Haley, Fulbright, Winniford, Bice and Marable. He later continued his career on the defense side of the docket working for the Ramey Flock firm in Tyler, Texas. In 1983, Rex Houston of the East Texas law firm of Wellborn & Houston employed Sadler for the first time on the plaintiff side of the docket. Beginning in 1997, Sadler, in addition to his plaintiff’s practice, began litigation oversight for a multi-billion dollar company in all 50 states. This assignment required him to employ attorneys as well as supervise litigation from coast to coast.
Some of the highlights of his legal career include all of the class certification hearings and all appellate responsibilities to the United States Supreme Court of the first asbestos class action ever approved in the United States. His litigation experience ranges from simple motor vehicle accidents to construction litigation in New York, patent infringements in Chicago, and product liability class actions from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. He was named and nominated by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer from 2003 – 2007. He is admitted and qualified in numerous federal courts, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court, as well as all state courts in Texas and Louisiana.
Sadler also served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1991 – 2003. He served on numerous committees, including Judiciary, Pensions and Investments, Calendars, Health and Human Services, and on the Legislative Budget Board. His most significant committee work, however, was in the area of education. Sadler served on the House Public Education Committee from 1993 – 2003, serving as Chairman of the committee from 1995 – 2003. In 1997, Sadler served as Chairman of the Select Committee on State Revenue and Public School Finance and in 2001 he served as Chairman of the Select Committee on Public School Employee Health Insurance. During the decade of the 1990’s, he was the only house member to serve as Chairman of more than one committee in the same session.
In 1995, he was given the responsibility of chairing the House committee that re-wrote and passed the new Education Code. Senate Bill 1, dubbed the “Ratliff-Sadler Act” by the late Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock, received almost unanimous approval in the House of Representatives after three days of debate involving more than 400 pre-filed amendments and approximately 1,000 floor amendments. As Chairman, Sadler was responsible for every issue of every minute of the entire debate in the Texas House of Representatives.
During the 76th Legislative Session, Chairman Sadler guided the passage of a $3.8 billion education package. The legislation provided a $3,000 teacher pay raise, critical need programs such as new prekindergarten and kindergarten grant programs, the ninth grade initiative targeting students at risk of drop out, and at the same time providing the largest property tax cut in the history of the State. As then Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry stated, “What the Legislature is all about (is) competing interests coming together and splitting differences. Unless it’s education—then you do everything that Paul wants.”
Over his legislative career, he successfully worked with democratic Governor Ann Richards and republican Governors George W. Bush and Rick Perry. During his tenure as Chairman, Sadler was primarily responsible for passage of public school employee health insurance for the first time in the history of the state. He was responsible for substantially increasing funding for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary education.
In addition to his duties as Chairman of Public Education, Sadler was named Chairman of the Select Committee on Teacher Health Insurance during the 77th Legislative Session. Chairman Sadler’s youngest son was critically injured in an automobile accident in February of that session; his remarkable recovery allowed Chairman Sadler to conclude his work on Public School Employee Health Insurance. However, after passage of the Health Insurance plan, Sadler announced his decision to retire to be with his son, who underwent almost two years of therapy before his recovery was complete.
Sadler was also the former Executive Director of The Wind Coalition, with policy and regulatory development in eight (8) states including: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and New Mexico. At the request of the Texas Governor, Paul also negotiated a memorandum of understanding between the State of Texas and Morocco for the exchange of educational and engineering expertise in the field of renewable energy.
He has received numerous awards for his legislative work. He was singled out by Texas Monthly during each of his legislative terms, being named to the Ten Best List in 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001. He was recognized by the Dallas Morning News during each of his legislative sessions, naming him as one of the three “Outstanding Legislators” in 1995 and one of “Six Stellar” legislators in 1997.
Sadler has been honored by all of the education groups including each of the teachers organizations, the Texas Association of School Boards, Elementary and Secondary Principals Association and the Equity Center. Sadler was honored, along with Senator Ratliff, with the “John Connally Excellence in Education Award” presented by the “Just for Kids” Foundation.