Paul Keller Ort

Tel 215.864.8287
Fax 215.864.8999

Paul Keller Ort is a member of Ballard Spahr's Litigation Department. As a 2017 Ballard Spahr summer associate, he worked on a wide variety of civil litigation topics. He currently focuses on white-collar investigations, and a complex commercial dispute in international arbitration proceedings.

While at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law—from which he graduated with honors— Paul served as a clinical law student at the Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic. He conducted research and fact investigation on forensic issues and developed claims for a state post-conviction petition. His clinical work also included service at the East Bay Community Law Center, where he defended low-income tenants in unlawful detainer actions. He was a Judicial Extern to the Honorable James Donato of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Paul has put out fires outside the courtroom as well. He was a Wildland Firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service for seven fire seasons, earning the title of Incident Commander and serving on a helicopter rappelling team. He commanded operations on wildfires and helped suppress more than 60 wildfires in nine Western U.S. states.

Pro Bono Experience

Paul represents low-income tenants in Philadelphia eviction cases. He also serves on a murder trial defense team pursuing the release of a former death-row inmate based on advances in forensic evidence.

Judicial Externship

Hon. James Donato, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2016

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D. 2018)
Order of the Coif

Pomona College (B.A., magna cum laude, 2009)
Phi Beta Kappa


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania