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Paul J. Klehm

  • Partner


Andover, MA





Attorney Paul J. Klehm is a seasoned attorney with thirty years of experience helping small businesses and people with their litigation issues in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts.

Small businesses: Paul advises and represents small businesses on various legal disputes, including, without limitation, contract matters, fraud matters, and employee theft matters. 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 incidents - from automobile collisions to 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 individuals 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 are involved in disputes arising out of breach of a contract, fraud or unfair and deceptive business practices.

Paul has argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Paul is a member of the Real Estate Law Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA). He is a past Chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Council, and he served on that Council from 2014 to 2021. Since 2019, he has served as a member of the MBA's House of Delegates, the governing body of the MBA. Paul judges rounds of the MBA Mock Trial Competition, and he volunteers regularly for its Dial-A-Lawyer program, where individuals call in with legal questions.

Paul is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF) and an Oliver Wendell Holmes Life Fellow at the MBF. 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 will serve as chairperson of that committee in 2023. In 2023, he served on the Legal Intern Fellowship Program subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, helping to select Legal Intern Fellows. In 2020, Paul was awarded the MBF's President's Award, which honors commitment to the work of the MBF.

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 the following seminars:

•Chairperson, "Excelling With Experts", MBA, May 24, 2021

•Co-Chairperson, "A Bench-Bar Discussion: Collaborating to Alleviate Stressors in the Courtroom and Practice of Law", MBA, November, 2020

•Chairperson, "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-Chairperson, "Raise Your Right Hand: Contrasting Approaches to Witness Preparation," MBA April, 2018

•Presenter, "Mediation & Arbitration Essentials: Part I," MBA, February, 2018

•Co-Chairperson, "Maximizing the Value of Expert Testimony," MBA, September, 2017

•Presenter, "Trends, Traps and Trouble Avoidance" (concerning closely-held corporations), MBA, April 17, 2015

•Co-Chairperson, "Litigating Civil Rights Cases Under Section 1983," MBA, June 8, 2015

Areas of Practice

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

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, selected by peer recognition
  • AV Pre-eminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest peer rating standard
  • Top Lawyers, Civil Rights, Boston Magazine, 2021- Present, selected by peer recognition

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association (“MBA”), 1993 - Present
  • Member, House of Delegates, MBA, 2019 – Present
  • Member, Real Estate Law Section Council, MBA, 2022-23
  • Member, Access to Justice Section Council, MBA, 2021-22
  • Chairperson, Civil Litigation Section Council, MBA, 2019-21
  • Vice Chairperson, Civil Litigation Section Council, MBA, 2017-19
  • Member, Civil Litigation Section Council, MBA, 2014-21
  • Member, Committee on Civility and Professionalism, MBA, 2016-17
  • Member, Amicus Curiae Committee, MBA, 2015-19
  • President, Lawrence Bar Association (“LBA”), 2014-15
  • Executive Committee, LBA, 2006-17
  • Trustee, Massachusetts Bar Foundation (“MBF”), 2022 – Present
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Life Fellow, MBF, 2022 - Present
  • Louis D. Brandeis Life Fellow, MBF, 2015-22
  • Life Fellow, MBF, 2010-15
  • Member, Northeast Massachusetts Regional Grant Committee (“NMRGC”), MBF, 2007-09, 2011 – Present
  • Co-Chairperson, NMRGC, MBF, 2022
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2019 - Present
  • Member, Massachusetts Academy Of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Essex County Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, New Hampshire Association For Justice

Pro Bono Activities

  • Vice Moderator, Bow Lake Free Will Baptist Church, (“BLFWBC”) 2022 - Present
  • Trustee, BLFWBC, 2020 - Present
  • Tournament Judge, Mock Trial Program, MBA , 2018-19, 2022. Served as one of three mock trial judges for 2022 state final.