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Paul E. White

617 227-3030


  • J.D., Suffolk University School of Law (cum laude), 1986
  • Utter Barrister, Gray’s Inn, London, England (Bar, 1980)
  • L.L.B., U.C. Cardiff (United Kingdom), 1979 

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Paul has more than 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer, having tried numerous civil jury trials to verdict.  He represents clients in complex business and commercial disputes and in the defense of serious injury claims.  Paul also represents professionals in claims arising from law firm breakups, in partnership and close corporation disputes and in professional liability claims. 

Paul is the immediate past Chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA). He also serves as Chair of the MBA’s Marathon Bombing Victims Legal Assistance Program and was honored with the 2014 Volunteer Recognition Award for his efforts to help victims of the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. In 2016 Paul was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Superior Court to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Business Litigation Session, the preeminent court in Massachusetts for the resolution of commercial disputes.

Paul is also an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) serves as a Commercial Litigation SLC Liaison to the Retail and Hospitality Committee of DRI.  Paul is the Chair of DRI’s Retail and Hospitality Conference in 2017.

In addition to his civic involvement, Paul is a frequent writer and speaker on deposition and trial techniques, the enforcement of commercial contracts and litigation-related topics.  He has also served as a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Paul has been elected a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the area of business litigation since 2005 (a distinction conferred on fewer than 5% of the Massachusetts bar) and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation.  He was trained as a barrister in the U.K. before moving to the United States. 

Representative Matters:

  • Representation of multinational automotive parts supplier in contract-related disputes with customers and sub-suppliers
  • Representation of national retailer in catastrophic injury claims and serving as national counsel setting litigation strategy in complex multi-person claimsRepresentation of national retailer on contracting, regulatory and code compliance issues pertaining to its portfolio of vertical transportation equipment
  • Lead counsel in three week jury trial in the Boston’s Business Litigation Session involving claim by major national retailer for recovery of over $4 million in tax overcharges under shopping center lease resulting in favorable settlement during jury deliberation
  • Obtained a $2 million settlement against foreign national bank in a claim for wrongful termination of a commercial lease based on theory of breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by failing to adequately meet the condition precedent of obtaining regulatory approval from the FDIC to operate a federal savings bank.
  • Obtained a $2 million jury verdict for automotive parts supplier in supply chain dispute enforcing pre-contractual Letter of Intent after defendant awarded business to alternate supplier.
  • Successfully represented major automotive parts supplier in breach of contract dispute alleging wrongful termination of Long Term Agreement to supply parts resulting in multi-million dollar settlement during trial
  • Successfully defended corporation and majority shareholders in claim by minority shareholder alleging breach of Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement, dismissing all of plaintiff’s claims on summary judgment
  • Successfully represented specialty wire manufacturer in claim against Underwriters Laboratories for wrongful withholding of UL approval and for negligent testing, resulting in UL’s agreement to withdraw test results and voluntarily lift stop ship order
  • Representation of switch manufacturer in instituting voluntary recall of allegedly defective switch and effective parallel resolution of over one hundred claims for property damage and indemnity
  • Successfully obtained mandatory preliminary injunction in supply chain dispute requiring continued supply under long-term supply agreement enabling client to meet its supply obligations to its OEM customer


  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Volunteer Recognition Award, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation), 2016-2017
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), Boston magazine, 2005-2015
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell


  • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Chair, Complex Commercial Litigation Section Council, 2014-2015
    • Co-Chair, Civil Litigation Section Council, 2012-2013
    • Chair, Marathon Bombing Victims Legal Assistance Program, 2013-present
    • Member of Executive Management Board, 2012-present
    • Delegate, 2011-present
    • Member, Task Force on Law, the Economy & Underemployment, 2011-2012
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (Member, Commercial Lease Committee, 2012-)
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute, Inc.
    • Chair, 2017 Conference, Retail and Hospitality Committee
    • Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Specialty Litigation Group, Retail & Hospitality Committee, 2015-
    • Retail & Hospitality Committee liaison to Commercial Litigation Committee

Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • "Overcharge Defenses" and "Preparing for a Deposition," Speaker, National Retail Tenants Association Conference (September 2015)
  • “Hot Topics Facing In-House Counsel in Managing Intellectual Property & Retail and Hospitality Cases,” Panel Moderator, Defense Research Institute, Retail and Hospitality Litigation and Claims Management Seminar (May 2015)
  • "Effective Strategies for Defeating Landlord Defenses in Overcharge Litigation," Speaker, National Retail Tenants Association Conference (September 2014)
  • "Advanced Deposition Techniques: Leveraging Exhaustion, Boxing-In, and Summarization Approaches with Adverse Witnesses," Speaker, Strafford Publications CLE Webinar (April 2014)
  • "Practical Symposium on Daubert Motion Practice," Speaker, Massachusetts Bar Association (May 2013)
  • "Designating Your Corporate Representative and Protecting Your Brand at the Same Time," Speaker, Defense Research Institute, Retail and Hospitality Litigation and Claims Management Seminar (May 2012)
  • "Advanced Deposition Skills—Effective Techniques for Taking and Defending Key Depositions for Trial," Speaker, Massachusetts Bar Association (April 2012)
  • "Retail and Hospitality Law—Managing and Responding to a Crisis," Speaker, Defense Research Institute, Annual Meeting (October 2011)
  • "Drafting, Review and Enforcement of Contracts in the Supply Chain" Speaker, National Association of Educational Buyers’ Annual Meeting, New England Region (October 2009)
  • "Drafting and Enforcement of Commercial Contracts," Speaker, Purchasing Management Association of Boston, Spring Meeting (March 2009)

Recent Publications:

  • “Opening Statements,” LexisNexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Civil Trial Practice, § 2 (2014 Edition)
  • "And the Defense Wins," The Voice, an electronic publication of the Defense Research Institute (May 2013)
  • “Letters of Intent and Recovering Damages for Lost Business Opportunities,” In-House Defense Quarterly, a publication of the  Defense Research Institute (Spring 2013)
  • “Spotting and Litigating Landlord Overcharges,” For The Defense, a publication of the  Defense Research Institute (Mar. 2011)
  • “First Circuit Declines to Vacate Revised Arbitration Award,” MReBA Cover Notes, a publication of the Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association (Spring 2009)
  • “Tips for Drafting a Commercial Agreement and When to Use a Lawyer,” The Manufacturing Advancement Center (MAC) Action Newsline (Oct. 2008)
  • “Tips for Getting the Most from Your Commercial Contracts,” The Manufacturing Advancement Center (MAC) Action Newsline (Sept. 2008)
  • “Writings and the Memory of a Witness: Effective Use of Documents at Trial for Impeachment and Other Purposes,” Journal of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (Fall 1997)


  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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August 19, 2016 -
Paul E. White To Serve On Business Court Advisory Committee
SRBC partner Paul E. White was recently appointed by the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee for the court's Business Litigation Session (BLS). The BLS is the ...
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August 15, 2016 -
Twelve Sugarman Rogers Partners Named 2017 Best Lawyers in America
Sugarman Rogers is pleased to announce that twelve of its attorneys – over 70 percent of the firm’s partners – have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of  ...
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August 05, 2016 -
Paul E. White Appointed As Chair to DRI's 2017 Retail and Hospitality Seminar
We are proud to announce that the Defense Research Institute (DRI) has appointed Paul E. White to serve as the Chair of the DRI’s 2017 Retail and Hospitality Seminar in Chicago, which takes place on May 4 and 5.  

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January 28, 2016 -
SRBC Supports “Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid”
SRBC proudly supports the Equal Justice Coalition’s 17th Annual “Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid” on January 28. The walk is one of the largest lobby days at the Massachusetts State House, with a goal to urge lawmakers to approve a budget of $27 million for programs that provide civil legal aid to ...
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November 06, 2015 -
SRBC Lawyers Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Twenty lawyers from SRBC have been included in this year’s edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers annually publishes the results of a peer-survey and independent-research study designed to identify leading lawyers by state. In this year’s listings, SRBC ...
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September 01, 2015 -
Paul White Presents at 2015 National Retail Tenants Association Conference
Paul White is among the presenters at this year's National Retail Tenants Association (NRTA) Conference to be held September 27-30 in Orlando, FL. Paul will be speaking on two topics, "Overcharge Defenses" and "...
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August 21, 2015 -
Thirteen SRBC Partners Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016 List
Thirteen partners from the Boston-based civil litigation firm Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. received top rankings in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for their skills and expertise in their respective practice areas. 

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August 2015 -
Retailers Should Beware the Pitfalls of “Early Termination” Clauses for Failure to Obtain Regulatory Approval
Paul White, Esq. and Grace McGuire, Esq. discuss the ins and outs of these clauses - why it’s good to have them in the lease if your business is subject to governmental approval, and the “good faith” efforts to obtain regulatory approval you must show if you end up needing to invoke them.

July/August 2015 -
Retailers Beware - Are You Paying More Than Your Fair Share?

SRBC partner Paul White writes about emerging issues in disputes between retail tenants and mall owners with respect to allocation of property taxes and other shared expenses.
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Spring 2013 -
Paul White on Letters of Intent and Recovering Damages for Lost Business Opportunities
Letters of Intent are a common tool in business negotiations, but most lawyers assume that there is no such thing as an enforceable “agreement to agree,” and that a party cannot recover damages for breach of a contract that never came into existence. SRBC partner ...
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March 2011 -
Retailers Beware: Spotting and Litigating Landlord Overcharges
SRBC partner Paul White writes about emerging issues in disputes between retail tenants and mall owners with respect to allocation of property taxes and other shared expenses.

Spring 2009 -
First Circuit: Arbitrator May Revisit and Clarify Award
Arbitration rules typically prevent an arbitrator who has decided a dispute by issuing an award from later reconsidering the merits and revising the decision. The arbitrator usually may only make clerical corrections. But as SRBC's Paul White writes in a recent article in the Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar ...
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October 2008 -
Paul White's "Tips for Drafting a Commercial Agreement"
In another in his recent series of article for the Manufacturing Advancement Center, Paul White offers guidelines for non-lawyer personnel who are involved in drafting contracts. The article offers tips on how to approach a drafting ...
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September 2008 -
Paul White Writes on Commercial Contracts
An article by SRBC partner Paul White entitled “Tips for Getting the Most from Your Commercial Contracts” appears in the September 2008 issue of ...
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