After receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Army, Paul W. Orth went on to Hartford, CT to find employment in a law firm. He was soon hired by Hoppin, Carey & Powell, a medium-sized general practice firm. Four years later, he became a full partner and was responsible for the firm's court work. He had a variety of unusual civil and criminal cases over the following years, some by court appointment and many by private clients and charitable organizations. "Adventures in Court" follows the stories of Orth's law career specializing in appellate work.
He has argued some three dozen cases before the state's Supreme Court and a dozen in federal courts of appeal. In 1976, he attained a personal goal of arguing a landmark case before the United States Supreme Court - and winning it. He was an adjunct professor of trusts and then of legal writing at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Around 1983, he was elected president of the Hartford County Bar Association, later received the Connecticut Bar Association's annual legal services award, and has been a fellow of the American Bar Association for over thirty years. In 1987, his firm merged with Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, where he specialized in