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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 manufacturers, retailers and others in commercial disputes, primarily in claims arising from the manufacture and sale of goods and commercial lease disputes. Paul has particular expertise in disputes involving complex contractual provisions such as those at issue in supply chain litigation and in shopping center lease disputes. Paul also represents lawyers and other professionals in claims arising from law firm breakups, in disputes involving allegations of fiduciary breaches and in professional liability claims. 

Paul is the 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.

Paul is also an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and serves as a Commercial Litigation SLC Liaison to the Retail and Hospitality Committee of DRI. 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).  He was trained as a barrister in the U.K. before moving to the United States in 1984. 

Recent Matters:

  • Currently represents major automotive parts supplier in drafting and implementing online purchasing terms and advising on contract-related disputes with customers and suppliers
  • 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.
  • Successfully represented major national retailer in catastrophic injury claim alleging negligent shopping mall security recovering underlying multi-million dollar settlement from shopping mall owner based on terms of shopping center lease
  • 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, including preparation of recall of shipped product prior to obtaining UL agreement to withdraw test results and voluntary 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
  • 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-present
    • 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.
    • 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

Related News:

November 06, 2015 -
20 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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September 24, 2014 -
SRBC Attorneys Serve as MBA Section Leaders
The Massachusetts Bar Association has announced its 2014-15 Section Council and Committee leadership. SRBC congratulates partners Paul White and Anthony Agudelo on their newly appointed leadership roles at the MBA.

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September 03, 2014 -
Paul White Presents at 2014 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 8-10 in Reno, NV. Paul will be speaking on two topics, "Dealing With Landlord's Defenses" and "...
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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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Related Publications:

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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