Leading Chickasaw legal mind and devoted philanthropist

Honored by some of the most prominent people in the world, William Paul has a history rich in law and justice. His great-great-grandparents founded the city of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. His father was president of the Oklahoma Senate, and William has his own mark in history.

Born in 1930 and growing up in Oklahoma, William Paul had a storied life. He served on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. Paul received a bachelor's and law degree from the University of Oklahoma. He served as president of the American Bar Association, and had the ability to found the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Paul was a managing partner at the oldest and largest law firm in Oklahoma, Crowe & Dunlevy.

William Paul has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II, along with former Prime Minister Tony Blair — to note a few of many — for his leadership at the American Bar Association. His qualities and accomplishments stand out and reflect the amazing feats of the people of the Chickasaw Nation. His great-grandfather was a senator of the Chickasaw Nation, and the legacy will carry on for future generations.


  • Inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2004
  • Inducted into the OU Law Hall of Fame in 2011
  • Former member of the board of the Oklahoma Arts Institute, Gilcrease Museum of Tulsa and the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
  • Named “Outstanding Young Oklahoman” by the Oklahoma Jaycees