Paul T. McBride is an attorney with nearly 40 years of experience in civil litigation, business and contract law, and criminal law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Cornell Law School. He served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1983 to 1993. As a military attorney, Mr. McBride gained extensive trial experience, serving as both a prosecuting attorney and a defense counsel at three Marine Corps installations. He tried over 400 criminal cases at courts-martial, including a high profile death penalty case and two espionage cases. His last tour of duty while on active service was at the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy at the Pentagon. Mr. McBride remained in the Marine Corps Reserves after leaving active service and was twice called back to active duty in the 2000's in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2011.
Since 1993, Mr. McBride has practiced civil litigation in California. He was a partner at Borton, Petrini & Conron in Newport Beach, where he specialized in the defense of personal injury and construction defect claims. He joined Kring & Chung LLP in Irvine, California, in 1998, and served at the managing partner of the firm's Sacramento office from 2007 to 2017. In his practice at Kring & Chung LLP, Mr. McBride concentrated primarily on construction litigation and general business litigation. He serves as general counsel for a number of Northern California construction companies. He has handled and resolved hundreds of construction defect lawsuits. Mr. McBride has represented every building trade from grading through roofing. His most notable civil trial was in defense of a stucco subcontractor facing a $3,000,000 claim in a construction defect action in Phoenix, Arizona. A six-day jury trial resulted in a defense verdict for Mr. McBride's client.
Mr. McBride also practiced in Nevada from 2009 to 2019, defending subcontractors and general contractors in construction defect lawsuits in Washoe County (Reno) and Clark County (Las Vegas). In 2017, he served as lead defense counsel on a complex construction defect/personal injury case in in Las Vegas in which he represented the builder of one of the largest casino hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. The case resolved two days before trial commenced for over $25,000,000.
Mr. McBride was admitted to the Washington bar in 2014. He has lived in Ellensburg with his wife, Gabrielle Stryker, since 2007. He currently has an active civil litigation practice in both California and Washington while also handling 50+ felony cases per year under a public defender contract with Kittitas County.
Mr. McBride is the author of "Court of Appeals Ruling Threatens Affordable Housing," published in the Daily Journal in 2001. The article is a critique of the Presley Homes insurance coverage decision. In addition, Mr. McBride has written several articles for Kring & Chung's client newsletter, on topics ranging from mold evidence to insurance coverage.
Mr. McBride recently opened a law practice in Ellensburg, Washington, where his wife is a professor at Central Washington University. They love the Kittitas Valley, and enjoy hiking with their two dogs and riding horses in the Cascades.
Washington, 2014 (active status)
Nevada, 2009 (inactive status)
California, 1993 (active status)
Pennsylvania, 1981 (retired status)
Naval Justice School, Newport, RI, 1983- Judge Advocate Certificate (Class Honorman)
Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York- J.D., 1981
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI- B.A., 1978
“Court of Appeals Ruling Threatens Affordable Housing, a Critical Analysis of Presley v. American States Insurance Company”– Daily Journal, 2001
Professional Associations and Memberships
Kittitas County Bar Association
Sacramento County Bar Association
California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC)
Past Employment Positions
Kring & Chung LLP, Managing Partner, Sacramento Office, 1998-2017
Borton, Petrini & Conron, Newport Beach , CA, Partner, 1993-1998
U.S. Marine Corps, Judge Advocate, 1983 - 1993
Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Associate Attorney, 1981-1983