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Paul E. White

Partner
617 227-3030
 

Education:

  • 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 experience as a trial lawyer, having tried over 15 civil jury trials to verdict as well as handling numerous mediations and appeals.  Paul has broad experience handling complex civil litigation matters, with a focus on claims under UCC Article 2, complex contract claims, commercial lease and shopping mall lease disputes, and supply chain disputes (including product recalls and third-party recoveries).  His clients include national and international corporations, retailers, manufacturers and professional service companies.  Paul also represents insurers in complex insurance and reinsurance disputes.  He is a frequent writer and speaker on deposition and trial techniques, the enforcement of commercial contracts and litigation-related topics.  Paul 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).  He was trained as a barrister in the U.K. before moving to the United States in 1984, and became a partner at the firm in 1990. 

Representative Matters:

  • Lead counsel in three week jury trial in the Business Litigation Session involving claim by major national retailer for recovery of over $4 million in tax overcharges under shopping center lease
  • Obtained $2 million jury verdict in supply chain dispute enforcing pre-contractual Letter of Intent (believed to be highest verdict in the Business Litigation Session in 2004)
  • Successfully obtained $1.2 million settlement during trial in breach of commercial contract dispute for supplier alleging wrongful termination of Long Term Agreement to supply automotive parts
  • Successfully defended corporation and majority shareholders in claim by minority shareholder alleging breach of Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement, defeating all claims on summary judgment
  • Successfully resolved all claims against bicycle manufacturer at pre-suit mediation in claim alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and interference with advantageous relations
  • Successfully represented specialty wire manufacturer in claim against Underwriters Laboratories for wrongful withholding of UL approval and negligent testing, including preparation of recall of shipped product prior to obtaining UL agreement to withdraw test results and voluntary lifting of 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 own supply obligations to OEM
  • Representation of excess carrier in complex insurance dispute with insured in nationwide asbestos litigation seeking excess coverage based on alleged exhaustion of primary limits, successfully defeating summary judgment and obtaining beneficial settlement of excess coverage claim
  • Representation of subcontractor in catastrophic construction accident claim, successfully defeating claims by owner and general contractor for indemnity of multimillion dollar settlement of underlying claim
  • Representation of employers and employees in claims alleging violation of non-compete agreements and wrongful disclosure of trade secrets including obtaining and defeating claims for preliminary relief
Recognition:
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), Boston magazine, 2005-2013
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell

Memberships:

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association (Chair, Complex Commercial Litigation Section Council, 2014-; Co-Chair, Civil Litigation Section Council, 2012-2013; Chair, Marathon Bombing Victims Legal Assistance Program, 2013; Delegate, 2011-2012; Member, Task Force on Law, the Economy & Underemployment, 2011-2012; Member, Civil Litigation Section Council, 2010-)
  • Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association (Founding Member; Treasurer, 2010-2011; Director, 2009-2010)
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (Member, Commercial Lease Committee, 2012-)
  • Defense Research Institute, Inc. (Member, Commercial Litigation Committee, 2012-; Member, Retail & Hospitality Committee, 2011-; Marketing Chair, UCC/Contracts SLG, 2011-; Member, Business Torts SLG, 2011-;  Legislative Liaison Chair, 2010-)
  • International Association for Contract and Commercial Management
  • Retailers Association of Massachusetts
  • National Retail Tenants Association
  • Gray’s Inn, London, England

Representative Speaking Engagements:

  • September 2013 - speaker on "Effective Strategies for Defeating Landlord Defenses in Overcharge Litigation" and "What to do When You Receive a Subpoena for Your Deposition," National Retail Tenants Association Conference
  • May 2013 - speaker on a "Practical Symposium on Daubert Motion Practice," Massachusetts Bar Association
  • May 2012 - speaker on "Designating Your Corporate Representative and Protecting Your Brand at the Same Time," Defense Research Institute Retail and Hospitality Litigation and Claims Management Seminar
  • April 2012 - speaker on "Advanced Deposition Skills—Effective Techniques for Taking and Defending Key Depositions for Trial," Massachusetts Bar Association
  • October 2011 - speaker on "Retail and Hospitality Law—Managing and Responding to a Crisis," Defense Research Institute 2011 Annual Meeting
  • May 2011 - speaker on "Advanced Deposition Skills—Effective Techniques for Taking and Defending Key Depositions for Trial," Massachusetts Bar Association
  • September 2010 - speaker on "Navigating Through the Ethical Thicket in Reinsurance Arbitration," Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association Fall Symposium
  • October 2009 - invited speaker on "Drafting, Review and Enforcement of Contracts in the Supply Chain" at annual meeting of National Association of Educational Buyers, New England Region
  • September 2009 - faculty member and speaker on "Reducing the Cost of Reinsurance Disputes," Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association Fall Symposium
  • March 2009 - featured speaker at Spring meeting of Purchasing Management Association of Boston on the subject of drafting and enforcement of commercial contracts 

Publications:

  • “Opening Statements,” LexisNexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Civil Trial Practice, § 2, (2014 Edition)
  • “Letters of Intent and Recovering Damages for Lost Business Opportunities,” In-House Defense Quarterly, a publication of the  Defense Research Institute, (Spring 2013)
  • “Collection of Zip Codes by Massachusetts Retailers Constitutes Unfair Business Practice,” SRBC Law Alert (April 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)

Admissions:

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

Related News:

July 10, 2014 -
Bar Association Honors Paul White for Work Supporting Marathon-Bombing Victims

The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) will tonight present SRBC's Paul White with a 2014 Volunteer Recognition Award. The award recognizes Paul's service as chair of the ...
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June 05, 2014 -
Paul White Appointed Chair of the MBA's Complex Commercial Litigation Section Council

Paul White has been named Chair of the new Complex Commercial Litigation Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA). MBA Section Councils develop educational programing, monitor legislation, propose legislative positions to the House of Delegates, and participate in the ...
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April 28, 2014 -
Paul White to Speak at DRI Retail and Hospitality Conference

On May 16, SRBC partner Paul White and Andrew Johnstone, an in-house lawyer with Sears Holdings Management Corporation, will give a presentation on effective strategic partnering between inside and outside counsel on retail-liability claims. The session will be part the Defense ...
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April 04, 2014 -
NBC News Story on GM Recall Quotes Paul White
An NBC News story on the revelations about General Motors and faulty ignition switches features a quote from SRBC's Paul White on the company's possible motivations for refusing to disclose ...
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March 25, 2014 -
Paul White on Deposition Techniques

On April 3, SRBC's Paul White will co-host a webinar on "Advanced Deposition Techniques." Paul and his co-presenter will discuss strategies business litigators can use to get the most out of depositions, particularly those involving hostile, evasive or adverse witnesses. ...
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February 11, 2014 -
SRBC Supports "Walk to the Hill" for Civil Legal Aid
SRBC participated in the Equal Justice Coalition's 15th Annual "Walk to the Hill" for Civil Legal Aid on January 30. The walk is one of the largest annual lobbying events at the Massachusetts State House. This year more than 500 attorneys gathered to urge lawmakers to approve a budget ...
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October 22, 2013 -
25 SRBC Lawyers Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Twenty-five lawyers from SRBC, more than in any prior year, 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 ...
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September 20, 2013 -
Paul White Presents at 2013 National Retail Tenants Association Conference
SRBC's leading retail litigation and contracts lawyer, Paul White, presents at the 2013 National Retail Tenants Association Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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July 17, 2013 -
The One Fund Payout Discussion Continues
In an interview on Boston's NPR news station, SRBC's Paul White & Jeffrey Stern discuss distribution of the One Fund donations to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. As ...
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July 04, 2013 -
Paul White Among Leaders of Bar Effort to Modify One Fund Payout Method
SRBC's Paul White, seen in this Fox TV interview and this ...
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May 06, 2013 -
Paul White Discusses The One Fund and Legal Aid for Boston Marathon Victims
SRBC partner Paul White joins Boston's Fox 25 News program for an exclusive interview. Paul discusses potential legal issues surrounding the distribution of The One Fund donations, as well as the ...
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May 03, 2013 -
A Practical Symposium on Daubert Motion Practice
SRBC Partner Paul White joins a panel of Faculty Members at the Massachusetts Bar Association MCLE Seminar entitled "...
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April 23, 2013 -
Paul White leads MBA Marathon Bombing Victims Legal Assistance Program
The Massachusetts Bar Association will offer free legal advice to individuals impacted by the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, through its Dial-A-Lawyer program. Victims can access free legal assistance on Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday May 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (EST) by calling ...
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April 02, 2013 -
Collection of Zip Codes by Massachusetts Retailers Constitutes Unfair Business Practice
Massachusetts's highest court has issued an important decision about the collection of zip-code information by retailers, a decision that is likely to generate more lawsuits against retailers who do business in Massachusetts.

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October 24, 2012 -
22 SRBC Attorneys Recognized as "Super Lawyers"
Twenty-two SRBC lawyers have been listed among the top attorneys in Massachusetts in the annual Super Lawyers rankings.

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Related Publications:

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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