Paul was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He received his law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 2020. During his time in law school, Paul volunteered with Akron Law’s expungement clinic, helping previously convicted community members clear their records for a fresh start. He also volunteered regularly at the Peter Maurin Center Food Pantry, serving food and coffee and distributing clothing and toiletries to Akron’s unhoused population. His legal practice focuses primarily on criminal defense representation.
Paul’s educational background includes an Associate degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, both from the University of Akron. Paul has devoted his life to serving both his local community and the country at large. While serving six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Paul was activated for Operation Desert Storm.
Before earning his Juris Doctor, Paul spent twenty-seven years with the Akron Police Department, with a large portion of this time being assigned to the Detective Bureau, U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, and Uniform Patrol Division. During his time with the police department, Paul was a proud supporter of labor unions as a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
In 1999, The Akron Police Department awarded Paul the Russ Long Officer of the Year Award. Each year, this award is presented to an officer who displays the characteristics that made Russ Long an outstanding officer.
In 2006, Paul was awarded the United States Marshal’s Service Task Force Officer of the Year award. This prominent/esteemed award is given to an individual from a law enforcement agency that works closely with the United States Marshal’s Service in investigating cases and apprehending suspects. The award criteria include but are not limited to, the officer’s dedication, outstanding duty, professionalism, number of open and closed cases, and willingness to assist younger task force members. Several hundred names were submitted to the District Office, and of these names, Akron Police Officer Paul Siegferth, Jr. was chosen as the first recipient. Akron Police Department, 2006 Annual Report (2007).
A few of Paul’s recreational and personal achievements include finishing numerous marathons, ultramarathons, and triathlons.