Paul Kohls is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at Compeer Financial. Paul oversees the organization’s Lending Operations, Legal and Compliance, and Business Process teams, in addition to working with several other organizational shared services functions. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas and attended law school at the University of Minnesota. He is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Paul also serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the Farm Credit System Captive Insurance Company and as a member of the Board of Directors for Farm Credit Foundations, which provides health and retirement benefits to Farm Credit team members.
Paul previously served as a law clerk to judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks of the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 1999-2000, an attorney at Rider Bennett LLP from 2000-2004, and an attorney at Allianz Life Insurance Company from 2005-2010. Paul served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2003-2010. He joined AgStar Financial Services as an attorney in 2010.
Paul and his wife, Kelly, live in Victoria, Minn., and have two sons and one daughter. He is an active volunteer at his church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish. His hobbies include cooking, traveling, boating and water skiing. In 2021, Paul fulfilled a life-long dream and obtained his private pilot license.