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Paula-Lee Chambers is an experienced trial attorney focusing her litigation practice on the representation of mortgage servicers, lenders, and trustees of securitized mortgage trusts in matters alleging predatory lending, mortgage fraud, violation of consumer protection statutes, and challenges to mortgage holders' right to foreclose.  Ms. Chambers also represents lenders, servicers and their agents and vendors in claims arising out of contested foreclosures, evictions, and tax redemptions. Ms. Chambers practices in State and Federal Court including the United States Bankruptcy Court for the states of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 

Her practice further includes a strong surety and fidelity practice and insurance coverage disputes. She has considerable experience handling these types of matters as a private practitioner and as a bond claims attorney inside an insurance company. 

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Chambers spent more than 22 years in-house with insurance companies handling claims as a Bond Claims Attorney or in various other supervisory positions. As a Bond Claims Attorney for Hanover Insurance Company, she specialized in surety and fidelity law, directors and officers liability, employment practices liability and fiduciary responsibility insurance. In her other roles at Hanover, she specialized in commercial and personal property coverages and surety and fidelity claims. At Metropolitan Property and Casualty Company Ms. Chambers handled automobile and homeowners claims.

She holds the insurance designations of Associate in Claims (AIC), and Property Claim Law Associate (PCLA).

Professional Background

Ms. Chambers joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in July 2005 to open the firm's Boston office. Previously she was for three years an associate with the Boston law firm of Cetrulo & Capone LLP. Prior to that, Ms. Chambers was for eight years a National Bond Claims Attorney with Hanover Insurance Company in Worcester, Massachusetts, and held various supervisory positions with Metropolitan Property and Casualty Company. From 1978 to 1980, she served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Medical Specialist (SP5).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, TIPS Practice Section (2002–Present)
    • Fidelity & Surety Law Committee
      • Vice Chair Fidelity and Surety Law Committee (2014–2017)
      • Co-Chair of the CLE Webinars Subcommittee (2014–2017) 

      • Co-Chair of the FSLC Women’s Involvement Subcommittee (2009–2013)
  • Fidelity Law Association
  • Surety Claims Association
  • National Bond Claims
  • New Hampshire Bar Association

Presentations

Ms. Chambers has spoken on both fidelity and surety matters and insurance coverage matters for the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women and the Massachusetts International Arson and Theft Investigations, among others. Her presentations include:

  • “Insurance and Bonding,” ABA Forum on the Construction Industry’s seminar “Fundamentals of Construction Law: Learn the Basics from the Pros,” Boston, Massachusetts, November 2009.
  • “Material Alteration of the Bonded Contract – Can the Surety be Discharged?” National Bond Claims Association seminar, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 2007.

Education

J.D., Massachusetts School of Law, 1994

  • Member, Massachusetts School of Law Law Review, 1991-94

B.A., Merrimack College, 1979; Biology

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