Paul J. Berra, III
Partner, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer
Prior to joining Quinpario, Paul was Senior Vice President, Legal and Governmental Affairs and General Counsel for Solutia Inc. In this role Paul had global responsibility for the legal and governmental affair functions of Solutia. Prior to December 2009, Paul was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer at which time he had global responsibility for the following functions: legal, human resources, communications and government affairs. He served as Solutia’s Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs, beginning in 2006. Paul joined Solutia in June 2003 as Assistant General Counsel, Human Resources, and added government affairs responsibilities the following year.
Prior to joining Solutia, Paul was Corporate Counsel at Premcor Inc., one of the nation's largest independent oil refiners, where he handled all labor, employment and litigation matters and contributed extensively to cost-saving initiatives. He also played an active role in Premcor’s acquisition and integration of the former Williams Company refinery in Memphis, Tennessee. Earlier, Paul practiced law with Lewis, Rice and Fingersh, a large regional general practice law firm, and at a small, boutique firm practicing exclusively in the areas of labor and employment law.
Paul received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Business Administration from Webster University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law.