Paul Troy

Hon. Paul E. Troy (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

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Gabrielle Thorp
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Hon. Paul E. Troy (Ret.), has been a full-time Mediator, Arbitrator and Neutral Case Evaluator at JAMS since 2014, after serving for over 12 years as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. 

Before being appointed to the Superior Court, Judge Troy spent 30 years as an attorney in both public and private practice, serving as an Assistant District Attorney, Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil and Criminal Divisions, Partner and Chair of the Litigation Department at Sherburne, Powers and Needham, P.C., and Partner at Holland and Knight, LLP, after the two firms merged.

Before attending law school, Judge Troy served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army in Vietnam (awarded the Silver Star).  He taught Civil Trial Practice for eight years as an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University School of Law and was a member of the Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. For over 25 years, through the 2017 Supplement, Judge Troy was the co-editor and a co-author of the popular MCLE publication A Practical Guide to Introducing Evidence: Basic Foundations and Objections. From 2014 to 2020, Judge Troy has served as an instructor at the MCLE Civil Mediation Workshop, which is designed to train new mediators. He was the Workshop’s Chair in 2017 and 2018. He is a member of the MBA Dispute Resolution Section, and is a past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. 

ADR Experience and Qualifications

In addition to his experience as a trial attorney, and presiding over hundreds of trials, motions and settlement conferences while on the Superior Court, since joining JAMS in 2014 Judge Troy has extensive further experience resolving complex disputes in mediation and arbitration.   A sampling of the claims he has mediated or arbitrated at JAMS include:  

  • Business/Commercial/Intellectual Property
    • Business, corporate and partnership disputes, including claims of G.L. c. 93A, freeze-out, excess compensation, fraud, conspiracy, breach of contract, interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty, buyouts and subrogation, trade disparagement, conversion of trade secrets, confidential information, and other intellectual property.
  • Construction
    • Claims involving land developers, builders, trustees, contractors, owners and homeowners, including construction and engineering defects, breach of contract, fraud, negligence, home remodeling damages, and other construction-related claims.
  • Labor and Employment
    • Discrimination claims involving race, age and handicap, military duty, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, non-compete breaches, and Wage Act violations.
  • Personal Injury/Product Liability/Torts
    • Wrongful death, bodily injury, and other damages claims arising from vehicle accidents, premises negligence, snow and ice, falls, dog bites, defamation, and defects in personal and commercial products.
  • Professional Liability
    • Medical, engineering, architectural and accounting malpractice claims, as well as legal malpractice in construction projects, trial representation, estate planning, conflict of interest, and bankruptcy proceedings. 
  • Real Estate 
    • Breach of contract, trespass, eminent domain, conservation land violations, overburdening of an easement, nuisance, broker disputes and construction damages claims.
  •  Available to resolve disputes remotely through a number of videoconferencing options
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Member, MBA Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member and Chair, Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 2009-2014
  • Adjunct Professor, Civil Trial Practice, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, 2007-2014
  • President, Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts Chapter, 1996-1997. Also served as Vice-President, President-Elect, National Delegate, and Executive Board Member, 1994-2000
  • Co-editor and a co-author of A Practical Guide to Introducing Evidence:  Basic Foundations and Objections: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 4th Edition  2013, with 2015 and 2017  Supplements
  • Member, Vice Chair, and Chair, Notre Dame Academy Board of Directors, Hingham, MA, 1992-2001
  • Awarded Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star for service in Vietnam
  • Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court, 2002-2014
    • Presided over full range of civil and criminal jury trials
    • Member of several Superior Court committees, including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Education, and New Justice Training and Mentoring
  • Partner, Litigation Department, Holland & Knight, LLP, Boston (also Partner at Sherburne, Powers & Needham, P.C., prior to its merger with Holland & Knight, LLP) (1982 – 2002)
    • Chairman, Litigation Department, Sherburne, Powers & Needham, P.C., 1994-1998
    • Practice focused on representing corporations, corporate officers and individuals in civil litigation matters, including derivative actions, business disputes, professional liability, eminent domain, copyright infringement, product liability, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims. Also represented businesses and individuals in banking, construction, tax, and other regulatory and white-collar criminal investigations. Represented plaintiff in six-week medical malpractice jury trial.
    • Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials throughout the Commonwealth. Briefed and argued cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Boston, 1974-1982
    • Civil Division, 1979-1982; Criminal Division, 1974-1979
    • Appellate Practice: Briefed and argued 24 cases before the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    • Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney presented in Washington D.C. by Attorney General William French Smith
    • Multiple commendations for trial work, including a personal commendation from The Honorable William H. Webster, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Assistant District Attorney, Middlesex County, MA, 1972-1974
  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Boston, 1972, after return from Vietnam
  • B.A., Philosophy, St. John’s Seminary, Boston, 1965
  • Lieutenant, United States Army, 1966-1968; served in the Republic of Vietnam, 1967-1968

Counsel Comments

    • “Judge Troy’s follow-up with the respective parties was invaluable in ultimately resolving the case.”
    • “Judge Troy combines a litigator’s instinct for the essence of a dispute coupled with a deft appreciation for the personalities of the principals and attorneys involved.”
    • "Easily one of the fairest judges that I have ever come across. He has an innate ability to balance the law and equity."
    • “His work ethic and energy are impressive as is his creativity in advancing possible solutions.”
    • “Thoughtful, patient and courteous.”
    • “Judge Troy as an arbitrator was very attentive to detail, did a great job with opinion.”



Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Business/ Commercial
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Maritime/Admiralty
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Real Property
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