Paul M. Sanford

Partner

Providence, RI
D: 401.831.5309
Overview
Bar Admissions

Maine

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1983

B.S., University of Maine

Paul M. Sanford is a Partner and member of the firm's Business Litigation Group, where he oversees the firm's civil litigation practice in state courts and the federal court in Rhode Island. He is a seasoned, business trial lawyer, having served as counsel in hundreds of cases in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey and Virginia.

Paul represents individuals and corporations in complex commercial business, real estate, trust and estate, and marine related disputes. In the area of fiduciary litigation, he works closely with the firm's Boston-based Trust Litigation Group in representing fiduciaries in matters involving estates and trusts in New England.

Paul has successfully served as lead trial counsel in numerous cases brought to jury verdict in federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Additionally, several of his clients' cases have resulted in published decisions in such areas as closely-held corporation shareholder disputes, fraud, spoliation of evidence, real estate valuations, attorneys' fee awards, coverage disputes, bad faith claims, Chapter 93A, contract disputes, municipal agency powers and fiduciary duties.

Clients, particularly fiduciaries, frequently seek Paul's advice from behind the scenes as important events are unfolding in order to avoid future litigation. Recognizing the importance to clients of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a potential means to resolve disputes quickly and cost effectively, he has been trained and appointed as a Superior Court arbitrator and has served as a member of the ADR panel for the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Experience

Experience

  • Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. v. Drainville, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63613
  • New England Multi-Unit Hous. Laundry Assn. v. Rhode Island Hous. and Mortgage Fin. Corp., 893 F. Supp. 1180 (D.R.I. 1995)
  • Ferragamo v. Chubb Life Ins. Co. of Am., 894 F. Supp. 33 (D. Mass. 1995)
  • Wojcik v. Town of N. Smithfield, 874 F. Supp. 508 (D.R.I. 1995)
  • Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. v. 104 Acres of Land, 828 F. Supp. 123 (D.R.I. 1993)
  • California Medical Prods., Inc. v. Emergency Medical Products, Inc., 796 F. Supp. 640 (D.R.I. 1992)
  • Ferragamo v. Chubb Life Ins. Co., 94 F.3d 26 (1st Cir. 1996)
  • Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. v. 104 Acres of Land, 32 F.3d 632 (1st Cir. 1994)
  • Buchanan v. Bank of America, N.A., 2011 R.I. Super. LEXIS 115 (R.I. Super. Ct., Aug. 17, 2011)
  • Olson v. Sovereign Bancorp. Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24826 (D. Mass., Feb. 28, 2012)
  • Carner v. Grist Mill ’76 Corp., 645 F. Supp. 331 (D.R.I. 1986)
  • Tidewater Realty, LLC v. State, 942 A.2d 986 (RI 2008)
  • Rotelli v. Catanzaro, 754 A.2d 104 (RI 2000)
  • Burns v. Connecticut Mut. Life Ins. Co., 743 A.2d 566 (RI 2000)
  • Cardi v. Medical Homes of Rhode Island, Inc., 741 A.2d 278 (RI 1999)
  • Rhode Island Hosp. Trust Nat’l Bank v. Eastern Gen. Contrs., 674 A.2d 1227 (RI 1996)
  • National Council on Compensation Ins. v. Paradis, 603 A.2d 340 (R.I. 1992)
  • Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. v. 104 Acres of Land, 780 F. Supp. 82 (D.R.I. 1991)
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® - “Lawyer of the Year,” Rhode Island (2018)

The Best Lawyers in America® - Litigation - Trusts & Estates (2011-2018)

Rhode Island Super Lawyers List (2007-2017)

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Martindale-Hubbell™ Top Rated Lawyer - Commercial Litigation (2013)

Litigation Council of America - Fellow

Memberships

American Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

Maine Bar Association

Rhode Island Bar Association

Federal Court Bench Bar Committee

Superior Court Bench Bar Committee

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

quotes

"Depository Bank Not Liable in Kiting Scheme," Banker & Tradesman, May 2014

"Fifth Amendment Ruling Is a Warning for Fiduciaries," Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, November 2012

"Sale of State Property to Local Agency Invalid," Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, March 2008

Resources
Paul M. Sanford
Practices
  • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1983

B.S., University of Maine

Admissions

Maine

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Connect
vCard

Email Confirmation

Thank you for your interest in Burns & Levinson LLP. Please be aware that unsolicited e-mails and information sent to Burns & Levinson though our web site will not be considered confidential, may not receive a response, and do not create an attorney-client relationship with Burns & Levinson. If you are not already a client of Burns & Levinson, do not include anything confidential or secret in this e-mail. Also, please note that our attorneys do not seek to practice law in any jurisdiction in which they are not authorized to do so.

By clicking "OK" you acknowledge that, unless you are a current client, Burns & Levinson does not have any obligation to maintain the confidentiality of any information you send us.