Paul grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. From a young age, he accompanied his parents and brothers on high desert adventures in southern Idaho and northern Nevada. He developed a love of wild places and recognition of the importance of public lands. Paul spent six seasons working as a wildland firefighter for the BLM and Forest Service in Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska.
He graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law in 2012. Paul lives in Reno. He previously worked for WWP in Portland, Oregon. He is admitted to practice in Nevada and Oregon.