Paul Reichert is a life-long cartoonist and illustrator. Growing up in the pre-digital era, when it was still fashionable to communicate with a pen and paper, Paul honed his skills at an early age by drawing caricatures of his family, friends and teachers. He embellished his homework and school projects with cartoons, even (or especially) his math homework, and he served as the editorial cartoonist for his high school and college newspapers. During that time he was also commissioned for work as a freelance cartoonist.
As Paul’s proficiency as a cartoonist grew, so did his interest in a competing field: the law. After college, he faced the dilemma of choosing which branch in his career path to follow. At first he toyed with the idea of straddling both worlds by becoming a courtroom sketch artist, but he sensed there would be little future (and perhaps a greater risk of contempt-of-court citations) in drawing judges and lawyers arguing landmark legal issues with cartoonishly exaggerated features. So after flipping a coin between law school versus art school, Paul became a lawyer himself, and for the past 17 years he has worked happily as a litigator at a law firm in Washington, D.C.
Yet even though he spends his days in courtrooms and law libraries, Paul remains a cartoonist-by-night and at heart. When he is not a practicing lawyer, husband, and father, he spends his spare time with a pen in his hand and (he hopes) a clever idea for a cartoon in his head. Paul has published several editorial cartoons, and he works on commission as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He has drawn freelance cartoons for a variety of purposes, including greeting cards, invitations, business communications, advertisements, gifts, and political buttons. Anticipation builds each year around the holidays for Paul’s illustrated holiday card, which depicts that year’s significant family developments, such as the birth of a child, the move to a new house, or (to Paul’s dismay in 2009) his daughters’ growing interest in princesses. Over the years Paul has been commissioned to draw similar holiday cards for other families and businesses.
After spending the last several years reading stacks of children’s books to his two young daughters, Paul has also written and illustrated his first children’s book, The Lemonade Ripple, which was published in 2010. The Lemonade Ripple tells the story of how one young girl’s simple act of generosity inspires a whole town, and it seeks to engage children in philanthropy at an early age.
Paul is a graduate of Hamilton College and The George Washington University Law School. He lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife Jennifer Curley Reichert, a public relations professional and owner of The Curley Company, and their two daughters Caroline and Catherine, whose own professional interests include superheroes and princesses. To escape the humidity of Washington, D.C., they spend their summers on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York, along whose banks Paul can be found most afternoons in a hammock, resting his drawing hand and thinking of his next cartoon.