Paul Gontarek is a member of Howard Mobley Hayes & Gontarek, PLLC and concentrates his practice in the area of trust and estate litigation as well as probate and trust administration. His principal clients include financial institutions and fiduciaries (both corporate and individual), as well as families, individuals, charities or other entities that are beneficiaries of trusts and estates. He also represents families and individuals seeking to obtain conservatorships or guardianships over disabled individuals. He also represents individuals, businesses and other organizations in commercial litigation disputes. Paul is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® (2013, 2014 and 2015 editions) in the Litigation - Trust and Estates category.
Paul frequently lectures on trust and estate litigation and administration topics. His trust and estate litigation experience includes the representation of families, individuals, charities and other entities in will contests; court actions to clarify, interpret or refine specific provisions of wills and trusts; requests to the court on behalf of trustees for instruction and direction; litigation to terminate or reorganize trust instruments; litigation to ify lifetime transfers because of undue influence; elective share litigation; and litigation to settle distributive rights to beneficiaries in both trust and estate settings.
While at his former firm, Paul was part of a team of attorneys that successfully represented the State of Tennessee in its efforts to return the $100 million Maddox Foundation to Tennessee after its controversial move to Mississippi. The Maddox Foundation case involved litigation in trial and appellate courts in three states and garnered extensive media attention, including coverage in the New York Times.