People You Know - Attorney Paul King (submitted by Hollie Gonzalez)
I called Atty. Paul King a few weeks ago and asked him if I could come and chat with him about being a lawyer in Tewksbury. I thought it would be nice to let people know what he does and what he offers. Paul graciously accepted. I met with him at his office at 1501 Main St. and had a great conversation with him. Please read on and welcome Atty. Paul King into your lives.
Hollie Gonzalez - So Paul, Where did you grow up?
Paul King - When I was younger I lived in Lowell. My family eventually moved to Tewksbury and I went to the Junior High and Tewksbury High School.
HG - How about your schooling after High School?
PK - I went to UMass Lowell, then New England School of Law in Boston. I graduated law school at age 24 and have been practicing law ever since.
HG - Where do you live now and are you married? kids?
PK - I currently live in Methuen, but would eventually like to reside here in Tewksbury. I am married to my wife Suzanne, my college sweetheart, and we have 3 children.
HG - What type of Law do you practice?
PK - I do a lot of personal injury law, for example, car accidents, dog bites, slip and falls. I also practice criminal defense such as OUI's, criminal misdemeanors, and felonies.
HG - Are you licensed only in Massachusetts?
PK - I am licensed in Mass., Maine, and New Hampshire
HG - What courts have you tried cases in?
PK - A lot, but most frequent are Lowell District and Superior, Middlesex Superior in Woburn, Lawrence, and Rockingham County.
HG - Is it just you in your practice or are their other attorneys as well?
PK - It is just me. I am the sole Attorney here. I like having the closeness and familiarity with all of my clients and cases.
HG - What's it like to have a practice in a town like Tewksbury versus Boston for example?
PK - You know, in a big city a lot of people can get lost in the shuffle. When you have natural ties to a community it gives you a closer connection to the residents. You always feel like you are giving back to the town when you can work in it and help the people directly living within it.
HG - What exactly is personal injury law and how does a person know if they should be contacting a lawyer?
PK - Personal injury is when someone suffers an injury at the hands of another. Someone who doesn't know if they should contact a lawyer, probably should. Basically, if you don't know, then call me. I will listen to you and give you the sense of mind to know what your options and rights are.
HG - I think a lot of people get nervous about the cost when it comes to contacting a lawyer. How does that work with you?
PK - I think a lot of people feel that way too. I give free consultations. It is never harmful to contact me and come in for a consultation. Everything will be discussed. I am always willing to meet with you here in my office and if medically necessary, I would make arrangements to come to you.
HG - What is the worst mistake people make?
PK - People give up a lot of their rights, basically because they just don't know them. That's what I went to school for and that is what I practice. I will protect your rights. A lot of people don't realize that a lawyer can help in more than one way. I am here to discuss those opportunities. I think people would benefit from just asking more questions in some situations.
HG - What do you feel is the most rewarding thing about being a lawyer?
PK - Personally for me, it is being able to help someone who may have made a mistake get back on their feet. I really take a lot of pride in what I do and watching someone be able to turn their lives around and provide for their family when they might have not been able to previously, well that to me is the best part.
HG - With school just starting up around town, what advise would you give to our seniors looking into a career in law?
PK - Go out and get experience wherever you can. Intern at law offices, get a job filing or answering phones. You need to get all the experience and exposure you can. Also you have to make sure that you have your heart in this profession because it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It can be very challenging at times, but it is also very rewarding.
HG - You mentioned interns. Do you offer intern possibilities or help with High School credits?
PK - I do have some interns for college at times. Just call here and ask. It never hurts to call.
HG - What would you like to see happen in Tewksbury in say the next 5 years?
PK - I am very curious to see what happens in regards to the Route 38 project? I would love for the commercial area to be built up, but at the same time, I want some of the traffic in town to be alleviated. It gets really congested at the end of the day. I also would absolutely love to see some more family restaurants and locally owned shops open up.
Paul and I spoke for a little bit after and I learned that he was more nervous taking to me about himself than talking to a judge in court! Imagine that? That just goes to show you how humble he really is. Attorney Paul King really adores his job. He loves what he does and having such long ties to the community of Tewksbury enables him to really emit his passion for the people of our town. He is very serious about what he does and prides himself on the education he received and the practice he has grown over the years. His is a name that should be on your "In Case of Emergency" list. Before I get to his Quick 5, I have to give a shout out to Lisa, his secretary. She was so sweet and helpful. So when all you seniors are calling Paul's office, please say hi to her. And Lisa, I still haven't found those coffee pods!
Quick 5 - Paul King
Most unusual thing you have ever eaten - Shark
First job - Elliot's Hot Dogs in Lowell (oh yeah..we know the place well!...)
Dodgeball or Kickball - Definitely Dodgeball
Favorite Magazine - Sports Illustrated
If I could guest star on any TV Show, it would be - A contestant on Survivor, I love that show, I haven't missed an episode! (Paul, go for it! Tewksbury would absolutely route for you!)
(Hollie Gonzalez lives in Tewksbury with her husband and two children. She is very passionate about her town.)
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