Paul W. McBride was born in Geneva, New York and raised in Florida, Tennessee and Seneca Falls, New York. The first of his family to obtain a bachelor’s degree, Paul graduated from the University at Albany’s School of Business as a double major in Business Administration and Political Science.
Throughout his undergraduate career, Paul involved himself in an array of extra-curricular activities as a varsity football coach, the first president of a junior college business organization, president of his fraternity, member of the UAlbany Student Senate, and was granted a position in the New York State Senate’s Session Assistant Program.
It was the Senate Session Program that inspired Paul to attend law school after serving as Majority Leader of its Model Senate Session. Immediately recognizing that law school would be a means to the ends of both returning permanently to the Tampa Bay area and becoming a prosecutor, the Levin College of Law became his obvious first choice.
Following his first year of law school, Paul worked as an extern in the Eighth Judicial Circuit’s State Attorney’s Office’s Crimes Against Women and Families Division. This externship solidified Paul’s desire to work as a prosecutor in the Tampa area following graduation and in November of 2015 he secured an internship in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s State Attorney’s Office for the Summer of 2016.
Paul is also a recipient of the I.C. Spoto Memorial Scholarship, a member of the Criminal Law Society and enjoys Gator sports, lifting and boxing, and learning new languages.