Stephen H. Paul


Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (2012)
J.D. 1972


Stephen H. Paul is recognized nationally as a leading expert on property tax law and locally as a civic leader.

Paul's recent election as president of American Property Tax Counsel, the preeminent property tax lawyers' association in North America, is testimony to his standing in the tax bar. Throughout his career, Paul has argued numerous cases before the Indiana Tax Court and Indiana Supreme Court that have shaped the current state of Indiana property tax law.

An Order of the Coif and magna cum laude graduate of the Maurer School of Law, Paul served as editor-in-chief of the Indiana Law Journal from 1971-72. His volume remains the most cited in the publication's history.

After graduating in 1972, Paul joined Baker & Daniels, now Faegre Baker Daniels, in Indianapolis, where he has practiced tax law for 40 years. A leader within the firm, he has previously served as chairman of the firm's management, finance and compensation committees. Among the highlights of his diverse career was serving as general counsel to the Seattle Mariners Baseball Club from 1989-91. Other notable clients include Eli Lilly and Company, Duke Realty Corporation, Simon Property Group, General Electric Company, PepsiCo, Nordstrom, Target Corporation, and JPMorgan Chase. He is also a thought leader on property tax law, having contributed to several key publications and spoken often at national real estate and property tax programs.

In the community, Paul has served as president of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and its foundation in Indianapolis. He is a member of the IU Maurer School of Law's board of visitors and an adjunct professor of state and local tax.