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Paul Troy

Hon. Paul E. Troy (Ret.)

Case Manager
Christopher Justis
T: 617-228-9168
F: 617-228-0222
One Beacon Street, Suite 2210, Boston, MA 01721


Hon. Paul E. Troy (Ret.), widely respected as a fair, thorough and hardworking judge for more than 12 years as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, joined JAMS as a full-time mediator, arbitrator and neutral case evaluator in 2014.

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

Judge Troy is calm and courteous, yet tenacious in mediating and arbitrating disputes, balancing sensitivity to the parties with knowledge and understanding of the relevant law. Before attending law school, Judge Troy received his B.A. from St. John's Seminary, taught in the Boston Public Schools, and served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

Judge Troy is a member of the ABA and MBA Dispute Resolution Sections, and was an instructor at MCLE Civil Mediation Seminars (2014, chair 2017). He regularly makes presentations on mediation subjects to law firms and various groups, including the BBA (2016) and the Nigerian Complaints Commission delegation sponsored by the U.S. State Department (2014, 2015).

The breadth of his experience contributes to his thorough preparation, thoughtful analysis, creative solutions, and unrelenting pursuit of a fair and equitable resolution of each dispute.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

Judge Troy has extensive experience in the resolution of complex disputes. A sampling of cases he has mediated and arbitrated at JAMS since 2014 include:

  • Business/Commercial
    • Mediated and/or arbitrated business, corporate and partnershup disputes, Including M.G.L. c.93A demands; claims of freeze-out, excess compensation, fraud, conspiracy, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and conversion of intellectual property; and other business and commercial disputes such as buyouts and subrogations.
  • Construction
    • Mediated and/or arbitrated claims involving land developers, builders, trustees, owners and homeowners, including construction and engineering defects, breach of contract, fraud, negligence, home remodeling damages, and other construction-related claims.
  • Labor and Employment
    • Mediated and/or arbitrated claims alleging discrimination involving race, age and handicap, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, non-compete breaches, and Wage Act violations.
  • Personal Injury/Product Liability/Torts
    • Mediated and/or arbitrated claims of bodily injury and other damages arising from automobile accidents, premises negligence, dog bites, defamation, and defects in personal and commercial products.
  • Medical Malpractice
    • As Superior Court judge, adjudicated dozens of medical malpractice jury trials.
    • While a practicing attorney, represented plaintiff in six-week medical malpractice trial.
  • Professional Liability
    • Mediated claims against attorneys alleging legal malpractice in trial representation, estate planning and bankruptcy proceedings, as well as conflict of interest claims.
  • Real Estate 
    • Mediated claims alleging breach of contract, trespass, eminent domain, conservation land violation, overburdening an easement, nuisance, and construction damage.
  • Member, ABA Dispute Resolution Section and 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, MA Chapter, 1996-1997. Also served as Vice-President, President-Elect, National Delegate, and Executive Board Member, 1994-2000
  • Co-editor and co-author of A Practical Guide to Introducing Evidence:  Basic Foundations and Objections, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 4th Ed., 1ST Supplement, 2015
  • Member, Vice Chair, and Chair, Notre Dame Academy Board of Directors, Hingham, MA, 1992-2001
  • Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star Awarded for Actions 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
    • Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP, 1998-2001
    • Partner, Sherburne, Powers & Needham, P.C., 1982-1998, prior to its merger into Holland & Knight, LLP in 1998
    • 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, 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 both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials throughout the Commonwealth. Briefed and argued cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Boston, 1974-1982
    • Assistant United States Attorney, 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
    • Honors:
      • Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney presented by Attorney General William French Smith
      • Many 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
  • 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.”



Practice Areas

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