Paul R. Mastrocola

Partner | Co-Chair, Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3244

"We take great pride in the success of our clients. But one success doesn't mean our work is done. We celebrate by getting back to work for our clients and making success happen again."

Overview
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Education

J.D., Boston College Law School, 1995

B.S., magna cum laude, Finance, Bentley College, 1990

As a former criminal prosecutor, seasoned business litigator and employment attorney, Paul is a trusted advisor and problem solver. He understands that legal issues are distractions from our clients' focus on their businesses. Paul works tirelessly to resolve matters effectively, efficiently and in the best interest of the businesses and individuals that place their confidence in him.

Paul’s practice is based in business and commercial law, including contract, business tort, securities, employment, environmental and real estate litigation. In his employment practice, Paul counsels clients in connection with negotiation and drafting of employment, severance, noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements. He also advises companies and individuals relating to hiring, discipline and termination of employees.

As a former Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney, Paul has extensive criminal law and trial experience. He prosecuted a wide variety of matters, including fraud and civil rights cases. At Burns & Levinson, Paul represents companies, business executives and other professionals in federal and state criminal and regulatory government investigations, including matters investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Paul defends clients in prosecutions in federal and state courts. He also leads and conducts internal investigations for public and private companies. Paul is uniquely qualified to represent clients involved in complex parallel criminal and civil disputes, including matters with related employment issues.

Experience

Experience

  • Represented company in federal criminal investigation and prosecution of alleged computer hacking of competitor confidential information, helped company executives avoid indictment, obtained favorable outcome for company and resolved parallel civil litigation.
  • Successfully defended financial services executive in parallel SEC and federal criminal investigation relating to alleged receipt of illegal gifts and gratuities, and resolved related employment issues.
  • Obtained dismissal of environmental claims in civil litigation for alleged perchlorate contamination and negotiated complex settlement of related environmental and contractual dispute.
  • Successfully represented company engaged in computer hardware distribution in federal grand jury investigation relating to alleged criminal trafficking in counterfeit products.
  • Successfully defended company chief financial officer against claims of financial misconduct and resolved related employment issues.
  • Served as lead counsel in corporate internal investigation relating to alleged violations of federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by employees, and advised the company in connection with corrective action compliance plan and potential discipline of employees.
  • Successfully represented telecommunications company in federal criminal investigation related to alleged fraud in procurement of contracts, and obtained restitution via federal criminal courts for benefit of client company.
  • Obtained dismissal of criminal charges against physician relating to patient allegations of misconduct.
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Massachusetts Rising Stars (2006-2008)

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Bentley University Executive Club

  • Chair

Bentley University Alumni Association 

  • Global Alumni Board Member

Bentley University National Alumni Association

  • Past President

Bentley Law Advisory Board 

  • Past Chair

Memberships

Boston Bar Association

Boston Bar Association

  • Business and Commercial Litigation Steering Committee
Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"The New Reality of Risk: Fraud Risk Prevention, Detection and Response," Panelist, Marsh Risk Consulting Webinar, February 2013

"Lessons in Contract Drafting from the School of Litigation," Featured Presenter, New England Corporate Council Association, October 2011

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

Paul has been quoted in numerous publications, including the Boston Globe, and has written articles for a variety of publications.

Resources
Paul R. Mastrocola
Practices
  • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Government Investigations & White Collar Crime
  • Employment
  • Securities Law & Litigation
Education

J.D., Boston College Law School, 1995

B.S., magna cum laude, Finance, Bentley College, 1990

Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

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