This week's member spotlight shines on Baltimore, MD, attorney Paul Beckman. Paul is a tenacious and successful advocate for his clients' interests, as demonstrated by the significant number of multi-million dollar awards he has won. The effectiveness of his practice is also confirmed year after year by peer professionals.

Paul enthusiastically shares his expertise with other lawyers and students of the law through bar leadership positions, as a longstanding member of the MICPEL faculty, and most recently, as Chair of the University of Maryland School of Law Board of Visitors. He received the distinguished graduate award in 2010.

Paul is Civil Pretrial and Civil Trial certified by NBTA.

Where did you go to law school?
University of Maryland School of Law 

How long have you been in practice?
44 years 

Where are you licensed to practice?
Maryland, Pro Hac Vice- District of Columbia, Virginia,Delaware, Pennsylvania & New York.  

Why is NBTA membership important to you?
I was Certified in the first class in 1980. Certification 36 years ago was in its infancy. Today the trend is clearly towards certification. NBTA was a pioneer in this area and was the first National organization to certify trial lawyers.  

What would you say to another attorney about why they should become board certified?
It would show that they have met the rigorous qualifications to be a civil trial specialist. 

Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
To help people in need.   

What made you choose the area of law in which you practice?
I have direct contact with people who are unable to fight against large institutions without a lawyer competent to take on the challenge.  

In your opinion, what makes a successful lawyer?
Hard work, perseverance and empathy.  

What's been most rewarding about your career?
Helping people who need it the most.  

What advice would you give to a young professional considering law school?
The law is an admirable profession. 

Share an example(s) of a case that made a difference.
As a young lawyer I was appointed by a Federal Judge to handle a class action lawsuit challenging the conditions of confinement as unconstitutional. 

What is your mission as a lawyer?
To help people in need of representation.   

Have you published? If so, where?
I have published numerous publications for the National Business Institute (NBI) on a variety of Trial topics. Also for our state institute for continuing legal education.  

What causes are important to you and why?
Providing all people with access to justice.