Paul F. Ware is a retired partner in Goodwin’s Litigation Department and served as its Chairman from 1996-2010. Mr. Ware has been a member of the firm's Executive and Management Committees. As a senior trial lawyer, his practice has included substantial criminal, civil and intellectual property litigation. He has also served as Independent Counsel to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for investigation of corruption in state government; as Trial Counsel for prosecution of a CIA defendant in the Iran‑Contra Investigation; as Special Counsel to the Massachusetts Attorney General for investigation and prosecution of defendants as a result of the “Big Dig” tunnel collapse; and other public assignments.
Mr. Ware has represented numerous companies in significant civil litigation, including Philip Morris, General Electric, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Pyramid Corporation, Harvard University, Countrywide and RBS Citizens Bank.
He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases to conclusion in federal and state courts and has represented companies at trial in the courts of each of the New England states, California, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Wyoming, Texas and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ware is a member of the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the Litigation Counsel of America.
Mr. Ware is a former law clerk to a Judge of the United States District Court in Boston, Massachusetts. He previously served as Assistant United States Attorney (Department of Justice) in Boston as a Federal Prosecutor. He has been a member of the U.S. Magistrate Merit Selection Panel for the First Circuit.
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Notre Dame
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Honorable Andrew Caffrey
- New York
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court of New Hampshire
- U.S. District Court of Vermont
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Recognition & Awards
Mr. Ware has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Patent, Patent Law and Trademark Law 2022-2023.
Mr. Ware is recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation: Trial Lawyers and Intellectual Property: Patent) and US News - Best Lawyers (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law, IP and Patent Litigation, Patent Law and Trademark Law).
Mr. Ware has appeared in national and local media as a result of his public assignments and private client representations.