Paul A. Louis

(1922-2008)
Though humble and self-effacing to a fault, Paul was widely known as a skilled and tenacious advocate who never abandoned a cause or client. One of Paul’s great achievements in the law was Neil v. State, the seminal Supreme Court of Florida decision which ended the common practice of excluding individuals from jury panels based upon the color of their skin. Neil was at the forefront of this area of the law and preceded the Supreme Court of the United States by several years in ending racial discrimination in jury selection.

Sinclair, Louis & Zavertnik, P.A. was founded by Paul over 50 years ago. Through Paul and his partner’s guidance over the years, the firm built a commanding presence in Miami’s legal community. Paul is counsel of record in well over 100 appellate opinions at all levels of Florida and Federal courts.

An All-State football center, and later inductee into the Miami High Football Hall of Fame, Paul earned a full scholarship to the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where his studies were interrupted by World War II. He served with distinction to 1st Lieutenant as a B-26 pilot in the European Theater for 26 missions, until his plane was shot down and he was captured. During his captivity, Paul developed a lifelong love of literature. As he was being force marched in the dead of winter, while other prisoners carried bread, Paul carried books. He was awarded 7 Air Medals, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Purple Heart. Upon his return at the end of WWII, Paul was graduated from VMI and the University of Miami School of Law; admitted to the Florida Bar in June, 1950. He practiced law for 57 years; was a member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors; Federal Judicial Nominating Commission; Peer Review Committee, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; Dade County Health Facilities Authority; and a trustee of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.

Paul’s indomitable spirit forged the core tenets of Sinclair, Louis & Zavertnik, P.A., which carry forward to this day in the manner which we zealously and creatively advance our clients interests.