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O'Donnell, Paul

Paul F. O'Donnell III


Paul has been advising business clients in all aspects of general corporate and business law for over 25 years. He has broad experience in representing corporate business clients and advising in-house counsel across a wide spectrum of corporate, business, and financial matters including financings, mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, asset disposition transactions, as well as day to day legal challenges, all of which give him the experience and perspective necessary to assist clients in accomplishing their business objectives. Paul works with a range of clients in a variety of industries and sizes, from small, closely held family businesses, to large international corporations.

Paul also has considerable experience in corporate restructurings, workouts, bankruptcy, insolvency, and commercial law. He has represented both debtors and creditors in out-of-court restructurings, workouts, and coordinated wind-down and liquidation processes. Paul has represented various stakeholders in all aspects of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases, including secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, trade creditors, debtors, creditors’ committees, and trustees. He has advised numerous clients in connection with assets sales conducted through the bankruptcy process.


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (1998-Present)
    • Associate (1988-1997)
    • Legal Intern (1987-1988)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2021-2022)
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating, Recipient

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • St. Michael's College, President's Medallion Club (1998-Present)
  • Charlestown Recovery House, Inc., Member of the Board of Directors, (1997-Present)
  • United Way Executive Leadership Committee (2001, 2002-2003)
  • United Way Allocation Volunteer (1998, 2000)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1988
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts, 1989

News & Insight


Surviving the Credit Crunch

December 22, 2008

The credit crisis has affected companies in every industry and sector. What can companies expect in the short term? We’ve asked four experts for a crash course in survival. They are Daniel Carragher of Day Pitney in Boston; Sanford Davis of Withers Bergm…

Firm News

57 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® in America 2022

August 19, 2021

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that 57 attorneys are recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including 7 “Lawyers of the Year.” Best Lawyers® has also recognized 15 Hinckley Allen attorneys in their inaugural "Ones to W…

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59 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2021

August 20, 2020

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 59 attorneys in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including 12 “Lawyers of the Year.” Best Lawyers® has also recognized 10 Hinckley Allen attorneys in their inau…


Past Event

Bankruptcy Basics For Construction Lawyers - What You Need to Know About Bankruptcy To Assess Risks And Avoid Traps

May 5, 2014

Attend the BBA's Brown Bag Luncheon where Paul O’Donnell, Esq. of Hinckley Allen, will discuss risks especially inherent in bankruptcy (or potential bankruptcy) matters involving construction projects and contractors.  Whether you are adve…