Gregory S. Paonessa



Greg Paonessa is a partner in the firm’s Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group and represents clients from individuals and startups to large corporations in complex business disputes in state and federal courts. He also engages in various alternative dispute resolution processes when that method can resolve a matter more efficiently.

Greg counsels clients in the automotive/franchise sector, real estate, construction, employment, and debt-finance disputes and has handled a range of commercial disputes involving claims based on tort and contractual issues. As both as an attorney and in his prior professional life, Greg has been involved in vertical and horizontal construction.

“As a former member of a family business in construction, I was involved in the decision-making process and determinations of when to engage counsel and on what level,” he says. “I understand that those decisions are not made lightly and the impact that litigation can have on a business. That is why I ensure that clients go into each matter eyes wide open.” His construction industry background is particularly valuable when he represents contractors and developers in construction-related disputes.

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J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law, 2014

B.S., University of Vermont, 2007


First Circuit Court of Appeals


New Hampshire

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire

honors & awards

CALI Award of Excellence – Insurance Law, 2013

Executive Comment & Note Editor, New England Law Review


  • Represented engineering firm in pre-suit mediation to resolve claims alleging deficient environmental consulting services rendered in anticipation of purchasing and developing certain real estate parcels.
  • Represented engineering firm in pre-suit mediation related to services rendered to a public agency on a design-build project and alleged delays and constructability allegations by design-builder.
  • Represented engineering firm at pre-arbitration mediation to resolve claims related to services rendered on design-build project.



American Bar Association

Boston Bar Association

New Hampshire Bar Association



“A Tale of Two Cities: Retrospective and Prospective Views of the Big Dig and Megaproject Delivery,” co-author, ACEC/MA Insights, Fall 2016

“Resentful Homeowner Lacks Reliance and Proper Timing,” author, Design & Construction Management Professional Reporter, September 2016

“Project Management Firm Has No Implied Duty to Ensure the Safety of Subcontractor’s Employees,” author, Design & Construction Management Professional Reporter, September 2015

“The Mechanic’s Lien–Are You Protected?” author, New England Law Review, Fall 2014; Reprinted Legal Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Contractors, Albert H. Dib (2015)