Paul Graves was born and raised in Maple Valley. His dad is a doctor and his mom is a nurse. One of five children, he attended Tahoma public schools and graduated from Western Washington University—where he served as the student body president—and earned his law degree from Duke University. After law school he served for a year as a law clerk to Washington Supreme Court Justice James Johnson. Since then he has worked at Perkins Coie LLP, litigating cases and advising many of the great companies that call Washington home. He lives in Fall City.
Paul is an engaged community member. He maintains an active pro bono legal practice, representing foster youth in legal proceedings. In 2011 he was named the pro bono attorney of the year by the Court Appointed Special Advocate organization, which represents the interest of foster children in court. He is a board member of one of Washington’s first public charter schools, a high-performing school with a computer science focus on Kent’s east hill. He is active in both the state and King County bar associations. He is a member of Eastridge Church in Issaquah and is an active Rotarian.