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, New Hampshire and Vermont.
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).
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).
- Mortgage Bankers Association, Member, 2017–Present
- American Bar Association, TIPS Practice Section, Member, 2002–Present
- Fidelity & Surety Law Committee
- Vice Chair Fidelity and Surety Law Committee (2014–2018)
Co-Chair of the CLE Webinars Subcommittee (2014–2017)
- Co-Chair of the FSLC Women's Involvement Subcommittee (2009–2013)
- Fidelity Law Association, Member
- Surety Claims Association, Member
- National Bond Claims, Member
- New Hampshire Bar Association, Member
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:
- "Ethical Considerations in Handling Employee Dishonesty Claims," ABA TIPS Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Fall Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2017
- "Mediation and Ethical Communications," ABA TIPS Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Midwinter Meeting, New York, New York, January 2016
- "Ethical Issues for Fidelity and Surety Attorneys Associated with Attorney Communications," ABA TIPS Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Webinar, December 2014
- "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
Consumer Crossroads: Where Financial Services and Litigation Intersect
J.D., Massachusetts School of Law, 1994
- Member, Massachusetts School of Law Law Review
B.A., Biology, Merrimack College, 1979
- New Hampshire
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire