News

  • Paula was interviewed by the ABA’s Litigation News about the Ninth Circuit’s decision holding that a StarTrek/Dr. Seuss “mash-up” (called “Oh! the Places You’ll Boldy Go!”) was insufficiently “transformative” to shield its creators from liability for infringing the copyright held by Dr. Seuss Enterprises. [June 2021]
  • As panel participant for Strafford CLE on “Representing Closely Held Entities: Conflicts of Interest and Fiduciary. Duties to a Company and its Principals,” Paula recently spoke about the duties corporate counsel may owe non-party constituents when working with closely-held entities.  [April 2021]
  • Paula’s article on what the pandemic has taught us about how to draft force majeure provisions was recently posted in the Contract Boilerplate for Litigators series sponsored by the ABA Litigation Section’s Commercial and Business Litigation Committee.  The article reviews how the defense has fared in commercial decisions over this past year.  [March 2021]
  • Paula was recently admitted as a panel member on the American Arbitration Association’s national panel of neutrals.  The AAA is the nation’s leading provider of alternate dispute resolution and participation on its arbitrator panel requires a rigorous vetting and training process.  Paula looks forward to expand her involvement in commercial dispute resolution through her work on the AAA panel. [March 2021]
  • At the 20th Annual Business Litigation Conference sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., held virtually on February 5, 2021, Paula participated on a panel titled “Commercial Litigation Landmines Evolving from COVID-19,” which covered litigation developments stemming from the unprecedented business challenges faced in the wake of COVID-19. [February 2021]
  • Litigation News interviewed Paula about the 7th Circuit’s decision in Burton v. Ghosh, explicating the limits placed by Fed. R. Civ. P. 15 on late amendments to pleadings. [February 2021]
  • As well as being named a 2020 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” in the field of Business Litigation, Paula was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts. Super Lawyers is a rating service featuring lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in a selection process that includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. [October 2020]
  • The American Bar Association Section of Litigation has appointed Paula a co-chair of its Commercial and Business Litigation Committee. The largest committee in the Section, the CBL Committee focuses on issues facing litigators with broad commercial practices, including substantive areas such as bankruptcy, creditor rights, professional liability, and trade secret law, and procedural matters such as e-discovery, privilege, and ADR. [July 2020]
  • Paula has contributed a chapter to the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s on-line series “Contract Boilerplate for Litigators.”  Third Party Contract Beneficiaries: What Did the Parties Intend? addresses the often knotty set of rules and exceptions governing the circumstances in which a non-party may enforce the terms of a contract. [January 2020]
  • The Supreme Judicial Court has appointed Paula to a four-year term as a member of the Board of Bar Overseers.  The Board of Bar Overseers is an independent administrative body charged with investigating and evaluating ethical complaints against the Commonwealth’s attorneys. [October 2019]
  • Paula was named a 2019 “Super Lawyer” in the field of Business Litigation. This places her among the top 5% of local layers in her field based on professional achievement and peer recommendations.  Her selection was announced in the October 2019 issue of New England Super Lawyers magazine [October 2019]
  • At the ABA Litigation Section’s Fall Leadership meeting, Paula presented to the volunteer attorneys managing Committee newsletters and websites on “How to Run Your Website.” [October 2019]
  • Paula has been reappointed a co-chair of the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Content Review Committee.  The Content Review Committee oversees the website and newsletter publications of 40 ABA Litigation Section committees and provides training for newsletter and website editors. [September 2019]
  • As a participant in the Boston Bar Association’s Service Innovation Project on Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Paula is working with a team of BBA lawyers providing community outreach presentations on school discipline rights. [July 2019]
  • The theme of the Boston Bar Association’s 2019 Law Day in the Schools was “Free Speech. Free Press.  Free Society.” Paula enjoyed working with fourth graders at Boston’s Nathan Hale Elementary School.  [May 2019]
  • Paula spoke about the importance of systems and support networks when launching a solo practice as a panelist for the Boston Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Section program on “Hang Your Own (Virtual) Shingle After Law School” [March 2019]
  • Paula was named a 2018 “Super Lawyer” in the field of Business Litigation. This places her among the top 5% of local layers in her field based on professional achievement and peer recommendations.  Her selection was announced in the October 2018 issue of New England Super Lawyers magazine [October 2018]
  • Paula has been appointed a co-chair of the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Content Review Committee.  The Content Review Committee oversees the website and newsletter publications of 40 ABA Litigation Section committees and provides training for newsletter and website editors. [August 2018]
  • After successfully completing the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Basic Arbitrator Training Program, Paula has been approved as a FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator. [June 2018]
  • Litigation News quoted Paula in an article examining a controversial decision of a federal district court in Connecticut, Plaintiff’s Testimony Too Incredible to Defeat Summary Judgment. [May 2018]
  • A short primer on the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) that Paula co-authored with two EU attorneys appears on the ABA Section of Litigation’s Commercial and Business Litigation website. [May 2018]
  • Paula commented on a decision of the Suffolk Superior Court Business Litigation Session, Brining v. Donovan, Civil Action No. 16-3422-BLS1, 2017 WL 4542947 (Sup. Ct. Mass. Sept. 14, 2017), for an article in New England In-House. In Brining, the Superior Court ruled that the business judgment rule would not shield a Board’s decision not to pursue derivative litigation demanded by a shareholder.   [November 2017]
  • Paula has been named a 2017 “Super Lawyer”–the thirteenth time she has been selected for this honor, which places her among the top 5% of local lawyers based on professional achievement and peer recommendations.  Her selection was announced in the October 2017 issue of New England Super Lawyers Magazine.  [October 2017]
  • The Boston Bar Association has announced that Paula will serve as co-chair of its Business and Commercial Litigation Section for the 2017-2018 bar year.  [August 2017]
  • Paula has received two leadership appointments in the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association for the 2017-18 bar year: vice chair of the Commercial and Business Litigation Committee, the largest committee within the Litigation Section, and member of the Content Management Committee, which oversees newsletters and web publications of the ABA’s Litigation Section many substantive committees. [August 2017]
  • Bloomberg BNA interviewed Paula for an article on a recent decision of the Massachusetts Appeals Court in Baker v. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, No. 16-P- 639 (Mass. Appt. Ct. July 21, 2017), holding that WilmerHale owed a fiduciary duty to non-client shareholders of a close corporation in a freeze-out dispute. [July 2017]
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly interviewed Paula for an article on the recent decision in Artin Service Station, Inc. v. Mitri, C.A. No. 15-2885 (Middlesex Super. Ct.), in which a Superior Court justice was faced with the question how to allocate the cost of an attorney’s fraud when both the attorney’s client and a third party were deceived.  [July 2017]
  • Paula served as moderator of the Boston Bar Association’s 2017 “BLS Year in Review,” an annual bench-bar event in which the four justices of the Business Litigation Session of the Superior Court discussed developments and trends in the Commonwealth’s business court. [June 2017]