Paul Marriett is a Rockford area native. He grew up in an IBEW union household, graduated from RPS, attended Rock Valley College, and completed B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Political Science, with a minor in Religious Studies from Western Illinois University. Paul earned his J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida and completed his last semester at John Marshall Law School, in Chicago.
The first step in his practicing legal career was obtaining restraining orders/no stalking/orders of protection against violent individuals through the Cook County Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. From there Paul was a staff attorney at North Florida Legal Services in Panama City, Florida where he represented clients in family law matters (divorce, custody, paternity, guardianships, and adoptions), probate, and BP Oil related claims where tens of thousands of businesses, individuals, and their families, suffered staggering financial losses from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
After opening his first office in Rockford in 2013, the office concentrated primarily in general criminal defense matters ranging from traffic/DUI, to significant felony level offenses. It was after representing his first plaintiff though, and attending courses through the Trial Lawyers College, that he knew representing the underdog was how he could be the most effective at helping clients. Since taking on personal injury related and worker’s compensation matters, Paul has been able to be a shoulder for his client’s to lean on when things get tough with grueling physical therapy sessions, and the uncertainty they face during a case on the financial side of the situation with bills piling up, and an injury hampering the ability to earn a living. All in all, Paul Marriett has been able to help thousands of clients in the area with cases ranging from injury related cases to alleged criminal offenses, and he’s never had a bad day while doing it.
Paul will frequently say that he would do this job for free if he didn’t have kids. That being said he’s a Winnebago County resident, happily married, with three great kids, a yellow Labrador, and a Boston Terrier. Helping injured people is more than just a job for him. When he’s not actively working in court/office, or with his family, he shares useful injury law based podcasts, articles, and training materials with his peers (whether they like it or not), and is always up for a conversation, class, or strategy session with another lawyer on how to improve his counseling skills, or maximize client returns. He has other hobbies too, when there is an occasional break he’s an avid fisherman, takes his family to one or two new national parks every year, and likes working out.