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Paul Sheridan

In Memory of Our Friend Paul Sheridan (1965 – 2019) – Founding Partner


A Legal Professional Who Walks a Mile in YOUR Shoes!

Paul Sheridan is the epitome of a man who walks a mile in his clients’ shoes. When he takes up civil litigation or a construction issue on your behalf, Paul tries to evaluate the options as if the matter affected him personally. He weighs the risks and benefits to determine the best course of action, and then offers his expert counsel from a non-biased, experienced position.

Retirement Update:  Paul Sheridan, a founding partner of Hannah Sheridan & Cochran, retired from practice effective October 23, 2018. Paul faces some medical challenges and is devoting time to his family and his health. We wish him well and will always consider him part of our team.

Starting Out

While working on construction projects during his student years, Paul knew from his early teens that his future lay in the law. Summers were spent working in Manhattan with his father, a commercial plumber who expanded into other trades including roofing, masonry, electrical and HVAC. After completing his studies, Paul moved directly into a position with a civil litigation firm focused on construction law, and his two loves became united. Paul’s lifelong connection with construction supports and informs his work to enable him to help his clients manage difficult  issues.

Business Benefits

In addition to his construction and legal knowledge, Paul worked for 20+ years as a respected Raleigh business lawyer who contributed a wealth of experience to HSC’s law practice. During his career, he has focused on construction, development, contract and business law. He also frequently undertook a range of other business-related activities, including:

  • Civil litigation
  • Corporate formations
  • Bankruptcy claims
  • Collection matters
  • Trademark disputes
  • Zoning laws
  • Lien and bond law, and other adversarial proceedings.

Paul represented a varied client base that includes developers, general contractors, suppliers, subcontractors, lending institutions, title companies, mortgage companies, engineers, and architects.  He has provided legal advice in more than a thousand cases, many through trial and/or arbitration, and several through the appellate process.

Winning Ways

Paul’s determined and competitive spirit has served clients of HSC well on many occasions. He recalls taking on a case that included fighting a builder, manufacturer, bank, numerous insurance companies and a state agency simultaneously. He ultimately won the case and collected a sizeable award for the client, and believes firmly that without the client’s willingness to fight alongside him the victory would not have been possible.

Named to Business North Carolina Magazine’s ”Legal Elite” in construction law on several occasions, Paul has also served on the North Carolina Bar Association Construction Section’s Committee on Lien Law Revision. In 2012, the committee proposed substantive legislative rewriting of North Carolina’s mechanic lien statute,  General Statute § 44A, marking the first substantial changes to the lien laws since the 1960’s.

The revisions addressed the hidden, or inchoate, lien issue, overruled bankruptcy judicial decisions interpreting the statute, provided notice to general contractors and owners of lower-tier subcontractors and suppliers on projects to ensure better communication and the payment of all tiers prior to resorting to liens, payment bond claims, and civil litigation.

Taking Time Out

Paul is the proud father of three boys and a girl, who keep him busy on weekends playing ice hockey, participating in motocross, and boating. He enjoys travel and some of his favorite destinations include the U.S. Virgin Islands and Germany.


  • Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Juris Doctor – 1992
  • American University, Washington, D.C. Semester / Justice Honors Program – 1987
  • Bethany College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Management / Minor in History – 1987


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • United States District Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Development
  • Commercial Collections
  • Business Law
  • Contract Law
  • Employment Law
  • Creditor’s Rights in Bankruptcy

Professional / Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Youth Hockey League Mentor and Coach
  • Harrison Place Homeowner’s Association Board Member and Architectural Committee
  • 2012-2013 Revisions to the North Carolina Lien Law/Bond Law , Drafting Committee Appointee
  • Construction Law Section of the North Bar Association, Member, Construction Law Council, Lien Law Committee, Chair of the Pro-Bono and Service Project.
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member

Speaking Engagements / Publications

  • Panelist and Speaker, North Carolina Bar Association Summit on Mechanic’s Lien Law Changes
  • National Association of Credit Managers, Lien Waivers, Mechanic’s Liens, Joint Check Agreements, and Credit Applications
  • Carolina Recycling Association Annual Conference and Southeastern Green Building Conference, Featured Speaker – Municipal Contracting

Awards & Recognitions

  • Leadership Raleigh Graduate, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Business North Carolina “Legal Elite” for Construction Law



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