Paul Sherman is a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice. He joined the Institute in July 2007 and litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases protecting the First Amendment, economic liberty, property rights and other individual liberties in both federal and state courts.
Paul has litigated extensively in the area of campaign finance. He currently represents a group of Florida political activists in Worley v. Roberts, a challenge to state campaign finance laws that burden the right of citizens to pool money for independent ads about ballot issues. Paul also served as co-counsel in SpeechNow.org v. FEC, which the Congressional Research Service described as representing one of “the most fundamental changes to campaign finance law in decades.”
In addition to his First Amendment practice, Paul also litigates in the area of economic liberty. He is currently lead counsel in Martinez v. Mullen, a challenge to Connecticut dentists’ monopoly on teeth-whitening services. In 2009, Paul scored a victory for Mercedes Clemens, a Maryland entrepreneur whose equine-massage business had been illegally shut down by state officials.
Paul’s views and writings on the First Amendment and constitutional law have appeared in traditional media like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and National Review, and in new media like the Volokh Conspiracy, Reason Hit & Run, Hot Air and IJ’s First Amendment blog, Congress Shall Make No Law.
Paul received his law degree with honors from the George Washington University Law School in 2006. While at GW, he served on the board of the Public Contract Law Journal. He earned a master’s degree in political campaigning from the University of Florida in 2003, and bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida in 2001. Before coming to the Institute, Paul worked as the associate director of the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonprofit organization that works to educate the public and government leaders on the dangers of campaign finance restrictions, the real impact of money in politics and the benefits of a more free and competitive political system.
Paul Sherman is a member of the DC and Virginia bars.