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    Paul M. Kessimian

    Paul M. Kessimian

    Paul M. Kessimian


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    • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2004, Articles Editor, Columbia Business Law Review

    • Providence College, B.A. Political Science and Economics, summa cum laude, 2001

    Bar Memberships & Admissions

    • Massachusetts, 2004
    • Rhode Island, 2004
    • U.S. Federal District Court, Massachusetts
    • U.S. Federal District Court, Rhode Island
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

    Paul concentrates his practice in representing clients in complex civil litigation and serves as Chair of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group. His cases include breach of contract, commercial, insurance, intellectual property, environmental, and real estate disputes at the trial and appellate levels.

    Prior to joining Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, Paul was a litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.


    • Recognized by Best Lawyers in American 2018 as an expert in commercial litigation
    • Selected as a “Rising Star” in business litigation by Rhode Island Super Lawyers
    • Selected as a “Future Star” by Benchmark: Litigation
    • Recognized by Providence Business News as a 2012 40 Under Forty Honoree
    • Recognized by the New England Business Bulletin as a 2011 Top Young Professional Under Forty

    Representative Cases

    • Advise client with regard to scope and applicability of insurance regulation in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

    • Represent one of the nation's largest insurance companies in litigation involving life insurance sales practices.

    • Successfully briefed and argued before the Massachusetts Appeals Court on behalf of a municipality concerning the scope of that municipality's power to revoke building permits, issue cease and desist orders, and control the application of its bylaws.

    • Successfully defended a publicly traded chemical manufacturing and biotechnology firm against a multi-million dollar suit brought by a former landlord.

    • Obtained a judgment, on behalf of mechanics' lienholders, subordinating over $20 million in mortgages held by an international bank to the clients' liens.

    • Successfully represented financial institution on reopened Chapter 11 bankruptcy adversary proceedings.

    Representative Publications

    • Bankruptcy bar assesses Supreme Court nixing of structured dismissal
      Quoted in Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly , April 13, 2017
    • New Supreme Court Decision Reminds Parties to Bankruptcies to Keep their Priorities Straight
      Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note E-Alert, March 31, 2017
    • Got A Priority Bankruptcy Claim? Nothing To Worry About Then, Right? Wrong.
      Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note E-Alert, November 2016
    • The Nature of Workers’ Compensation as Affected by Pain and Suffering
      Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note E-Alert, March 2016
    • Coauthor: “Harsh & Costly Lesson from Unilateral Use of E-Discovery Tools”, Sept. 2014

    • Coauthor: “Can Proportionality Be An Effective Weapon to Control e-Discovery?”

      For the Defense, June 2013

    • Coauthor: “Written Legal Holds and Per Se Negligence: An Evolving Law?”

      ABA Committee on Commercial and Business Litigation, April 2013

    • Coauthor: “‘Permission’ vs. ‘Entitlement’ – Questions Raised Under Automobile’s Policy Exclusions Where The Operator Is Not ‘Entitled to Drive’”

      The Anchor, First Quarter 2013

    • Coauthor: “Must Legal Holds be Written to Avoid Spoliation Sanctions?”

      ABA Committee on Commercial and Business Litigation, January 2013

    • Coauthor: “Are Courts Beginning to Take Proportionality Seriously in e-Discovery?”

      The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, November 25, 2012

    • Coauthor: “Rule 30(b)(6)”

      Chapter in A Practical Guide to Discovery & Depositions in Rhode Island, (MCLE 2010)

    • Coauthor: “Iqbal and Twombly – Reinvigorating the Substance of Rule 8”

      FDCC Quarterly, Summer 2010

    • Coauthor: “Daubert in Rhode Island: The Admission of Expert Testimony under Rhode Island and Federal Law”

      District Court Annual Conference for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island (2006)

    • Author: “Business Fiduciary Relationships and Honest Services Fraud: A Defense of the Statute”

      Columbia Business Law Review (2004)

    Representative Speaking Engagements

    • How to Best Use Proportionality and the Rules of Civil Procedure to Contain Discovery Costs and Burdens.
      Rhode Island Bar Association 2018 Annual Meeting, June 22, 2018

      “Unmasking the Anonymous Hacker”

      Rhode Island Bar Association CLE, October 2014

    • “Difficult Privilege Issues in Civil Discovery”

      Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2013

    • “Staying out of Trouble in a Contentious and Digital World”

      Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2012

    • “Rule 30(b)(6) – Surviving and Utilizing Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions to Your Best Advantage”

      Defense Counsel of Rhode Island, November 2011

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association
      • Member, Litigation Section’s Commercial & Business Litigation Committee
      • Co-Chair, E-Discovery Subcommittee
      • Co-chair, News and Developments Editors Subcommittee
    • Defense Counsel of Rhode Island
      • Director
    • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Rhode Island Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
      • Director

    Community Activities

    • Providence College
      • Member, Liberal Arts Honors Leadership Council
      • Member, President's Council

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