Paul Watler on Discovering His Late Father’s Connection to the Monuments Men

May 28, 2015 | Insights

An essay by Jackson Walker partner Paul Watler, “News from the grave filled out my father’s role in WWII,” was published Memorial Day weekend (May 22, 2015) in The Dallas Morning News.

The article describes Paul’s discovery of his father’s connection to the Monuments Men during World War II. His father’s role while serving in the U.S. Army during the Allied occupation earned him posthumous recognition by the Monuments Men Foundation as a “First Hand Participant.”

“My father, my hero in life, stood even taller to me after death,” Paul wrote.

The efforts of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section of the U.S. military to inventory and save troves of fine art looted by the Nazis was featured in the 2014 film The Monuments Men, based on the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and contributing author Bret Witter. Paul relates how a chance encounter with Mr. Edsel led to the discovery of his father’s role.

Paul focuses his legal practice on complex commercial and media litigation. He has been named by Texas Lawyer magazine as the “Go To” lawyer for media litigation in Texas, placing him among an elite group of the state’s top 29 lawyers across all practice areas. Paul has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995, has been named one of the 250 Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine; and has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters annually since 2003. Paul received his B.J. degree from The University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.

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Paul C. Watler
Partner, Dallas