Attorney Paul J. Klehm is a seasoned attorney with thirty years of civil litigation experience. Paul has a significant amount of trial experience at the state and federal levels, representing individuals and small businesses in civil matters. He represents clients in, among other things, business disputes, serious personal injury matters, civil rights/police misconduct matters, and employment matters. With the help of the entire law firm, he won a $5.25 million jury verdict in a federal civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act trial on behalf of a business client.
Paul has argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.
Paul has practiced law in Massachusetts state courts since 1992, and in the Massachusetts federal courts since 1993. Paul was admitted to the state and federal bars of the State of New Hampshire in 2002.
Paul is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF) since 2022. He has served on grant application review committees for the MBF for many years, including as co-chair of the Northeast Regional Committee in 2022. He was awarded the MBF’s President’s Award, which honors commitment to the work of the MBF in 2020.
Paul is a current member of the Real Estate Law Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA). Paul is a past Chair of the MBA’s Civil Litigation Council, and he served on that Council from 2014 to 2021. He is a member of the MBA’s House of Delegates, a governing body of the MBA, where he has served since 2019. Paul judges rounds of the MBA Mock Trial Competition and volunteers regularly for its Dial-A-Lawyer program, where individuals call in with legal questions.
Paul is a Past President of the Lawrence Bar Association (LBA) and, from 2006 to 2017, he served on the Executive Committee of the LBA.
Paul has spoken at several seminars over the years, on such varied topics as police misconduct and business litigation.
Areas of Practice
Civil Rights/Police Misconduct
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
New Hampshire, 2002
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1995
U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire, 2002
U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D. (Cum Laude) – 1992
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
B.A. – 1989
Professional Associations and Memberships
Lawrence Bar Association: Past President (2014), past member of Executive Committee (2007-2017), Member of Nomination Committee (2021-2022)
Massachusetts Bar Association: Member, Real Estate Law Section Council (2022-present),
Access to Justice Section Council (2021-2022), Civil Litigation Council (2014-2021), Chair of Civil Litigation Council (2019-2021), House of Delegates (2019-present)
Massachusetts Bar Foundation: Trustee (2022 to present), Oliver Wendell Holmes Fellow (2022-present), Co-chair, Northeast Regional Committee (2022)
National Trial Lawyers: Member, Top 100 (Massachusetts) (2011 to present)
Honors and Awards
Massachusetts Bar Foundation: President’s Award (2020)
Litigation Counsel of America: Fellow (2019 to present)
Massachusetts Super Lawyers: named for business litigation, listed by Thomson Reuters (2016 to present)
Martindale-Hubbell: AV Pre-eminent peer rating
Boston Magazine: Top Lawyers, Civil Rights, selected by peer recognition (2021 to present)