Paul B. LewisAssociate
Paul Lewis is a litigator who focuses on complex civil and white-collar defense. Leveraging his significant trial and appellate experience, Paul has secured dispositive defensive victories on behalf of clients in a number of different legal contexts, including commercial evictions, contract disputes, consumer-facing class actions, franchise disputes, wrongful death actions and extortionate business practice allegations.
Paul also maintains an active pro bono practice, through which he has represented a family aggrieved by their former landlord’s conduct that rendered them homeless, as well as a putative class of foster children and their families in a lawsuit against the state of Ohio for a failure to provide them with federally required monetary aid.
Before joining DLA Piper, Paul served as an assistant district attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, where he prosecuted cases on the trial and appellate levels, including more than 20 jury trials and five cases at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Prior to his tenure as a prosecutor, he served as a term judicial law clerk at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
- J.D., Boston College 2014
- B.A., Tufts University 2009
- Thomson Reuters Stand-Out Lawyer for outstanding client service
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law award (Up-and-Coming Lawyer)
- Best Lawyers One to Watch in Commercial Litigation, 2023
Paul represented a family of tenants left homeless after an unsanctioned renovation to their building caused a major wall to collapse. In November 2019, Paul brought the case to trial before a jury of twelve in the Massachusetts Superior Court, securing a substantial settlement award.
- Co-author, "When Federal Courts Remand Eviction Actions Back To States," Law360, March 26, 2021
- Co-author, "The Pandemic's Toll On Criminal Defendant Rights: Part 2," Law360, December 2, 2020
- Co-author, "The Pandemic's Toll On Criminal Defendant Rights: Part 1," Law360, December 2, 2020
- "Consistent Rules of Prior Statements: Advocating for the Substantive Use of prior Consistent Statements in Massachusetts Courts," 48 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 305 (Spring 2015)
- "Death for Association: Assessing the Constitutionality of Gang-Related Aggravating Factors in State Death Penalty Statutes," Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law 16 2 145-186 (Spring 2015)
- "A Gateway to Future Problems: Concerns about the State-by-State Legalization of Medical Marijuana," 13 U. New Hampshire Law Rev. 1-49 (Fall 2014)
- Presenter, "Recent Developments in Removal and Remand Litigation Procedure in D. Mass and the First Circuit," Boston Bar Association Webinar, March 16, 2023
Paul served as a Judicial law clerk for the Honorable Mark G. Mastroianni at the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Before joining DLA Piper, Paul served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. There, he prosecuted an array of cases on the trial and appellate levels, including financial crimes, domestic violence, narcotics distribution, and sexual assaults. As a prosecutor, Paul conducted over thirty jury trials and argued five cases at the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
After graduating from Boston College Law school, Paul served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Mark G. Mastroianni at the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
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