Boston College, Boston, MA
School of Management (finance
concentration), Bachelor of Science, 1978,
magna cum laude; Beta Gamma Sigma
national honor society
Suffolk University, School of Law, Boston,
Juris Doctorate, 1982
Passed national, Massachusetts and
Federal bar examinations in November, 1982
Massachusetts Attorney General's
Office assigned to the Massachusetts Department of Employment Security, Boston, MA
Legal Clerk, 1981-1982
While attending law school, Paul
worked as legal intern for the assistant attorney generals in this state agency. He wrote
numerous legal briefs used in appellate cases brought before the Massachusetts Court of
Appeals and Supreme Judicial Court.
Middlesex Probate and Family Law
Court, Cambridge, MA
Legal Clerk, 1981-1983
For several summers, and for a year
and a half after graduation, Paul researched and wrote legal opinions and findings for the
judges of the probate court.
Essex County District
Attorneys Office, Salem, MA
Assistant District Attorney,
From spring, 1983 until the fall of 1993 Paul worked
as a prosecutor in the District and Superior Courts of Essex County. He held supervisory
positions in Amesbury District Court, Haverhill D.C., Lynn D.C., Salem D.C., Salem D. C.
Jury Session and the Peabody District Court Jury Session.
Paul has prosecuted hundreds of criminal bench
trials before a judge, and prosecuted several hundred jury trials in the District and
Superior Courts, of every type of crime, except for murder, upon which he has worked
extensively, but has never gone to trial. His experience includes trials and probable
cause hearings, and all types of motions, including motions to suppress and dismiss, in
matters including rape, sexual assault, manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide, armed
robbery, burglary, breaking and entering, domestic violence, threats, welfare fraud, car
theft rings, arson, DWIs, all motor vehicle offenses, assaults, larceny, fraud,
embezzlement, animal abuse, environmental crimes, insurance scams, juvenile matters,
weapons violations, civil-rights infractions and drug offenses, among many others. He has
significant experience in most evidentiary matters including fingerprint, ballistic and
chemical evidence, accident reconstruction, medical records and the testimony of
The Peabody Jury Session was the highest volume jury
session in all Massachusetts for several years during Paul's tenure as supervisor. As well
as personally trying cases, he oversaw a staff of trial attorneys and acted as a trial
consultant. Paul participated in several thousand plea negotiations. On numerous
occasions, he has lectured and trained both police officers and lawyers in trial tactics
and relevant legal issues.
Criminal Defense Counsel, private
For almost three years after leaving
the District Attorneys office Paul ran a practice as a criminal defense lawyer.
During that time he did not lose any case that went to trial or was resolved on a
dispositive motion. Among the cases he won favorable resolutions for were several drug
distribution cases, sexual assault, gun cases and larceny cases, numerous operating under the
influence of drugs or alcohol, burglary, receiving stolen property, assaults, a variety of
motor vehicle offenses, as well as a diverse collection of other criminal matters.