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Paul Sugarman is a founder of the firm and concentrates his practice in the areas of civil trial and appellate litigation, acting as leader and mentor for the entire Sugarman team.  Paul is widely recognized in the legal community for his outstanding achievements and distinguished service over a 50-year career, and is often called upon to serve as a mediator for parties seeking dispute resolution.  A prolific writer and frequent lecturer, he has many publications and lectures to his credit, and has over twenty-five reported appellate decisions to his name.


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  1. Appeals: 34%
  2. Litigation: 33%
  3. Personal Injury: 33%

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Sugarman & Sugarman, PC

Prudential Tower
800 Boylston Street, 30th Floor
Boston, MA, 02199


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J. Newton Esdaile AwardMassachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys2002
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Jurisprudence AwardAmerican ORT Federation1999
Civil Justice AwardAmerican Board of Trial Advocates of Massachusetts1993
Special Recognition AwardSuffolk University Law School Alumni Association1991
Gold Medal AwardMassachusetts Bar Association1991
LL.D (Honorary),Suffolk University1989
Silver Shingle AwardBoston University School of Law1989
William O. Douglas First Amendment Freedom AwardAnti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith1986
Courageous Advocacy AwardMassachusetts Association of Trial Attorneys1984
Man of the Year Award (Law)Israel Bonds Organization1979
Law Week Award - ScholarshipBoston University School of Law1954
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Boston's Best LawyersBoston GlobeN/A
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Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalSugarman & Sugarman, P. C.1960 - Present
Dean and Professor of LawSuffolk Law School1990 - 1994
Associate EditorBoston University Law Review1952 - 1954
Association namePosition nameDuration
Boston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
International Society of BarristersFellowN/A
American College of Trial LawyersFellowN/A
Massachusetts Bar FoundationMemberN/A
American Society of Law and MedicineMemberN/A
American Judicature SocietyMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
American Bar FoundationMemberN/A
Massachusetts Association of Trial AttorneysFellowN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAdvocateN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Diaz v. Eli Lilly & Co. 364 Mass. 153 (1973) and 14 Mass. App Ct. 448First time in Massachusetts that a husband or wife can have a claim for damages when their spouse is injured.
Griffin v. General Motors Corp., 380 Mass. 362 (1980)The Supreme Judicial Court decided that the experiment performed by SUGARMAN lawyers on behalf of the plaintiff to prove the faulty design could be used against General Motors.
Carey v. General Motors Corp., 37 Mass. 736SUGARMAN lawyers successfully argued that there were three defects in the car, any one of which was sufficient to cause the crash.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Boston Bar Journal, Vol. 46, No. 3, p. 26If You Like Enron, You'll Love Tort Reform2002
34 Tort & Ins. L. J. 735 (1999)Admissibility of Managed Care Financial Incentives in Medical Malpractice Cases1999
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. vol. I (1997, reprinted in 1998);Chapters on Personal Injuries and Wrongful Death in Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions1997
ATLA National College of Advocacy Reference Materials for the 1996 Annual Convention, vol. I, p. 159 (1996)Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses1996
42 American University Law Review 1465 (1993)Proposed Changes To Discovery Rules In Aid Of Tort Reform: Has The Case Been Made?1993
57 Mass. L.Q151 (1972)Pre-Trial Discovery1972
Automobile Reparation System in Massachusetts Forum 8:11 (1972);Has No-Fault Insurance in Massachusetts Improved The System1972
Trial 3:12 (1967)The Massachusetts Story: The Public's Reaction to No Fault1967
34 B.U. Law Rev. 319 (1954)The Evolution of Age Requirements - A Survey of the Law in Massachusetts1954
(Ohio) 112 N.E. 2d (1953), 33 B.U. Law Rev. 525 (1953)Case Comment - INSURANCE - Appraisal - Unique Remedy Afforded Insured on Insurer's Attempted Breach of Appraisal Clause, Saba v. Homeland Ins. Co. of America, et al.1953
(Kan.) 252 P.2d. 889 (1953), 33 B.U. Law Rev. 421 (1953)Case Comment - TORTS - Consent to an Illegal Abortion Held No Bar to Recovery for Injuries Arising Therefrom1953
(Mass), 108 N.E. 2d 757 (1953), 33 B.U. Law Rev. 247 (1953)Case Comment - SALES - Implied Warranty of Merchantability - Sale of Container Required to Attach Warranty Thereto, Mead v. Coca Cola Bottling Co.1953
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1954
Boston UniversityN/AA.A. - Associate of Arts1951
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Suffolk University Law SchoolAvoiding Evidence Pitfalls, How to Get Yours in and Keep Theirs Out1992
Suffolk University Law SchoolRecent Decisions in the Law of Damages-Present Fear of Future Harm1991
Northeast Conference Business Law TeachersProducts Liability1990
Suffolk University Law SchoolRecent Developments in the Law of Torts1989
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Products Liability for the Sophisticated Practitioner1989
Massachusetts Trial Lawyers AssociationCross Examination of Expert Witnesses1988
Eastern Regional Meeting, Head and Neck SurgeonsMedical Malpractice1987
Worcester County Medical SocietyMedical Malpractice1986
Massachusetts Academy of Trial AttorneysConstruction Site Litigation1986
Boston University School of Law Alumni AssociationOperation of the Board of Bar Overseers1986
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Jury Selection, Body Language and the Visual Trial1985
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims1985
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Negotiation Skills Workshop1985
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.The Use of Expert Witnesses1984
Boston Association of Claim ExecutivesStructured Settlements1984
Suffolk UniversityProducts Liability Litigation1983
Suffolk Law SchoolMedical Malpractice1983
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims1983
Suffolk Law SchoolDevelopments in Products Liability1982
New England School of LawPreparing and Litigating Product Liability Cases1982
Massachusetts Bar AssociationAnatomy of a Products Liability Case1982
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaTrial of Death Cases1982
Middlesex County Bar AssociationStructured Settlements1981
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Medicine and the Law1981
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Developments in Tort Law1981
Massachusetts Bar AssociationProving Damages1981
Massachusetts Bar AssociationTrial Strategy - Products Liability Cases1981
EG&G for corporate executivesProducts Liability1981
American Bar AssociationPunitive Damages1980
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Preparation and Trial of a Product Liability Case1979
Massachusetts Academy of Trial AttorneysOpening Statements1979
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMedical Malpractice1977
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaTrial of a Personal Injury Case1977
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure1974
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.The Massachusetts No-Fault Insurance Law1971
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Litigating Medical Malpractice ClaimsN/A