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Paul W. Hodes

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Paul is pleased to focus his practice of law on mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

During his lengthy legal career, he has focused on civil and commercial litigation, personal injury, criminal defense, small business and corporate formation, intellectual property, entertainment and family law. His civil experience included both plaintiff’s and defense work. He served often as a Rule 170 Mediator in courts around the state and is recertified under Rule 32. His background and wide-ranging experience in law, politics, business and the arts allow him to bring a patient, focused, compassionate and relentlessly fair and independent approach to conflict resolution.

He joined Shaheen & Gordon in 1996 where he was a partner and shareholder until his election to the U.S, House of Representatives in 2006. He served in the U.S. House from 2007-2011, as a member of the House Financial Services committee and the House committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He has been Of Counsel to the firm since 2012.

He began his career in 1978 as an Assistant Attorney General in the criminal justice division of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office successfully prosecuting homicides, environmental and white-collar crime. He entered private practice in 1983, working in Exeter and Manchester, and served a term as President of the Manchester Bar Association.

During his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was a member of the Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform committees. Paul was elected president of the historic freshman class of 2006 and was a national co-chair of the Obama for President campaign in 2008 and ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010.


  • New Hampshire State Bar
  • Massachusetts State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Of Counsel, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., 2012-present
  • Partner, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., 1996-2006
  • President/COO at 102Films,Inc./FYCtv, 2012-Present
  • President & CEO, Economic Innovation Institute, 2011-Present
  • Manager/Member Big Round Music, LLC.
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 2007-2011
  • Partner/Shareholder, Roussos, Hage & Hodes, 1986-1996
  • Law Office of Paul Hodes, 1984-1986
  • New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General, 1978-1983

Professional Associations

  • Rudman Center for Policy and Justice, Advisory Board 2014-present
  • New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Advisory Board 2012-present
  • Community Involvement
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Kittery Dance Hall, 2017-present
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Story Preservation Initiative, 2014-present
  • Councilor, National Council on the Arts 2012-present
  • Chairman of the Board and Board member, Capitol Center for the Arts 1990-1996, 2000-2004
  • American Federation of Musicians, Local 374

Awards & Honors

  • Parents’ Choice Award for Music, 1990 and 1996


  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 1972
  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1978

Publications & Presentations

  • Frequent political contributor in national media
  • Host of “Off the Record with Paul Hodes” on WKXL AM-FM
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