Attorney At Law
Paul is a founding partner of the law firm of Murray, Ziel, & Johnston, PLLC. His practice areas are primarily business law, construction law, land use law, and criminal defense. Paul also has experience with mediation, adoption, guardianship, child custody, estate planning, medical malpractice, personal injury, and general litigation.
Prior to forming Murray, Ziel, & Johnston, PLLC, Paul has served in several legal positions in the Idaho Falls area. He served as deputy prosecutor in Bonneville and Jefferson Counties. Paul gained extensive courtroom experience as a prosecutor including trying approximately 12 jury trials and successfully prosecuting a homicide. Paul also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Gregory S. Anderson, the Honorable Richard T. St. Clair, and the Honorable Joel E. Tingey. Paul also gained extensive experience in private practice prior to forming Murray, Ziel, & Johnston, PLLC.
Paul graduated from the J. Rueben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. As a law student Paul was a Senior Editor on the BYU Journal of Public Law. Paul published two legal articles for the same journal and was an active member and volunteer of the alternative dispute resolution club. Paul also holds degrees from Brigham Young University in Economics and Ricks College in Business Management.
Paul was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. He is a graduate of Rigby High School. Paul enjoys serving both the legal needs and the broader needs in the community. Paul is an active member of the Bonneville County Board of Community Guardians which is a volunteer organization dedicated to serving adults who are developmentally delayed or physically incapacitated and who do not have family who can care for their needs. Paul often works as an adjunct professor for Brigham Young University Idaho. Paul has served as the past president of the Eagle Rock Inn of Court and is a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Paul also serves as a scoutmaster.
Paul’s favorite activity in his spare time is spending time with his family and enjoying Idaho's great outdoors.