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Paul is the Firm Leader. The firm has grown considerably under his leadership and is consistently recognized as one of the state’s elite labor and employment law firms. Donnelly + Gross is Top Tier Ranked in 2020 “Best Law Firms” Guide by US News-Best Lawyers® with Four Tier 1 Rankings for the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area in Employment Law, Labor Law, and Litigation-Labor & Employment.

Every day, he thinks, reads, writes and argues on behalf of his clients so they can focus on other aspects of their business. He counsels clients on how to avoid and resolve legal problems in the workplace. He has extensive experience representing clients in virtually every aspect of labor and employment law. He is a seasoned advocate in litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), with decades of experience appearing before federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies, local government boards, special magistrates, arbitrators, and mediators.

He protects small businesses, national corporations, professionals, and highly paid executives on employment law issues. In the public sector, he protects first responders and other government employee unions, 501(c)3 benevolent organizations and pension funds. He is also an arbitrator and has served as Adjunct Professor teaching Trial Practice skills to third year law students at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Paul is a Fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, which is the highest distinction in the field. Since 2007, he has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America by US News-Best Lawyers®. He holds an “AV pre-eminent” rating, the highest rating for competence and ethics, from Martindale Hubbell. He is also recognized as a Florida SuperLawyer and one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. He has served as a member and the Governor-appointed Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eighth Judicial Circuit and as a member and Chair of The Florida Bar’s local Grievance Committee.


Special Honors

  • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers of America®
  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite


  • Gainesville Country Club Board of Directors