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Paul J. Klehm

  • Partner






Attorney Paul J. Klehm is a seasoned attorney with almost thirty years of helping small businesses and people with their litigation issues.

Small businesses: Paul advises and represents small businesses on various legal disputes, including, without limitation, fraud matters, employee theft matters, and contract issues. With the help of the entire law firm, Paul won a $5.25 million dollar jury verdict in a federal civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act trial on behalf of a business client.

People: Paul represents people who have been seriously injured in a variety of ways, whether in automobile collisions or trips and falls. He represents people who have faced discrimination at work, or who are dealing with issues arising out of non-competition agreements. Paul also serves as counsel to people who have been the victims of police misconduct, whether by means of excessive force, beating or an arrest without probable cause. He represents people who have issues arising out of breach of a contract, fraud or unfair and deceptive business practices.

Paul serves on the Access to Justice Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association ("MBA"). Previously, he was a member of the Civil Litigation Section Council of the MBA for seven years, and he served as Chairperson of that Council from 2019 to 2021. Paul served on the MBA's Amicus Curiae Committee, and he served on the MBA's Committee on Civility and Professionalism in 2016-2017. He volunteers as a judge for the MBA Mock Trial Program, and he gives his time to a program in which callers to the MBA ask legal questions.

Paul serves as a Trustee of The Massachusetts Bar Foundation ("MBF"), an organization which provides funding to legal aid programs. He has served as a Regional Reviewer for the Northeastern Regional Massachusetts Regional Grant Committee of the MBF, reviewing grant applications, for many years. In 2022, Paul served as co-chair of that Grant Committee. In 2020, he was honored with the MBF President's Award, given to those who show dedication to the mission of the MBF.

Paul is a past President of the Lawrence Bar Association.

Paul has spoken at the following seminars:

  • Chair, "Excelling With Experts", Massachusetts Bar Association, May 24, 2021
  • Co-Chair, "A Bench-Bar Discussion: Collaborating to Alleviate Stressors in the Courtroom and Practice of Law", MBA, November, 2020
  • Chair, "How to Deal with a Potential Medicare Set-Aside," MBA, October, 2019
  • Moderator, "Corporate Depositions: Strategies for Taking and Defending," MBA, February 28, 2019
  • Co-Chair, "Raise Your Right Hand: Contrasting Approaches to Witness Preparation," MBA April, 2018
  • Presenter, "Mediation & Arbitration Essentials: Part I," MBA, February, 2018
  • Co-Chair, "Maximizing the Value of Expert Testimony," MBA, September, 2017
  • Presenter, "Trends, Traps and Trouble Avoidance" (concerning closely-held corporations), MBA, April 17, 2015
  • Co-Chair, "Litigating Civil Rights Cases Under Section 1983," MBA, June 8, 2015

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation 30%
  • Civil Rights/Police Misconduct 30%
  • Employment Discrimination/Non-Competition Agreements 15%
  • Personal Injury 25%

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1992
  • New Hampshire, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire, 2002
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: Government

Honors And Awards

  • President’s Award, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2020
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2016 - Present
  • AV Pre-eminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Lawyers 2021, Civil Rights, Boston Magazine, December 2021, selected by peer recognition

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1993 - Present
  • Member, House of Delegates, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2019 - Present
  • Member, Access to Justice Section Council, 2021 - Present
  • Chairperson, Civil Litigation Section Council, 2019 - 2021
  • Vice Chairperson, Civil Litigation Section Council, 2017 - 2019
  • Member, Civil Litigation Section Council, 2014 - 2021
  • Member, Committee on Civility and Professionalism, MBA, 2016 - 2017
  • Member, Amicus Curiae Committee, 2015 - 2019
  • President, Lawrence Bar Association, 2014 - 2015
  • Executive Committee, Lawrence Bar Association, 2006 - 2017
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2019 - Present
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation
  • Trustee, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2022 – Present
  • Member, Northeast Regional Grant Committee, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2007-09, 2011 – Present
  • Co-Chair, Northeast Massachusetts Regional Grant Committee, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2022
  • Member, Massachusetts Academy Of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Essex County Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, New Hampshire Association For Justice

Past Employment Positions

  • Krasnoo/Klehm LLP, Partner, 2006 to 2015
  • Law Offices of James B. Krasnoo, Associate, 1997 to 2005

Pro Bono Activities

  • Vice Moderator, Bow Lake Free Will Baptist Church, 2022 - present
  • Tournament Judge, Mock Trial Program, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2018-2019, 2022. Served as one of three mock trial judges for 2022 state final