Paul S. Doherty, III is the Managing Partner and co-founder of HDRB&B. Mr. Doherty represents institutional and individual clients on a wide array of commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, class actions, contract claims, consumer fraud actions, employment matters, construction disputes and civil RICO actions. He also has extensive experience in Trusts and Estates Litigation. Paul has litigated matters in the federal and state courts in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Puerto Rico.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Doherty leads the firm’s corporate practice and serves as outside general counsel for several of his business clients. Paul has advised well-established companies and fledgling enterprises with respect to all of their corporate transactional needs, including mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, shareholder and employment agreements, and real estate transactions. Mr. Doherty is also Chairman of the Board for Freedom Bank, an independent commercial bank in Northern NJ.

Prior to forming HDRB&B, Mr. Doherty was an attorney in the Litigation Group at Gibbons, P.C., where he represented large corporate clients in employment, construction and general commercial matters.

Mr. Doherty has the highest (AV) attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers®* lists for Business Litigation. Paul is also on the prestigious list of “Top 100″ Super Lawyers®* in New Jersey and is recognized by “The Best Lawyers in America ®” for Litigation – Trusts & Estates.

Representative Clients:

  • Toyota Motor Credit Corporation
  • Freedom Bank
  • Zelis Healthcare
  • Arrowpac, Inc.

Professional Affiliations

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Managing Partner Forum

Honors & Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Listed in Super Lawyers®
    • “Top 100” New Jersey Super Lawyers®, 2013 – 2024
    • New Jersey, Business Litigation, 2010 – 2024
    • New York Metro, 2022-2023
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, 2023-2024
    • Litigation – Trusts & Estates
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Corporate Law
  • Bergen Magazine, “Top Lawyers, Commercial Litigation”, 2017- 2022
  • Bergen Magazine, “Top Lawyers, Banking and Financial”, 2017- 2021

Awards Methodology

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Speaking Engagements

Published Decisions

  • Steven Jemison v. Michael Jemison, et al. (3rd Circ. 2022)
  • Pisack v. B&C Towing, Inc., 240 NJ 360 (2020)
  • VR Optics, LLC v. Peloton Interactive, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132509 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 18, 2017)
  • 627 Acquisition Co., LLC v. 627 Greenwich, LLC, 85 A.D. 3d 645 (1st Dept. 2011)
  • Delahaye v. Hoyt Trans., 2010 WL 346836 (2d. Cir. 2010)
  • Campbell et al. v. Thales Fund Mgmt., LLC, et al., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114439 (S.D.N.Y. 2010)
  • Williams v. D&J School Bus, Inc., 69 A.D. 3d 617 (NY App. Div. 2010)
  • Wedgewood Props., LLC v. Latif II Int’l., Inc., 2007 WL 2050264 (NJ App. Div. 2007)
  • Cerbo v. Ford, 2006 WL 177586 (NJ Law Div. 2006)
  • Arrowpac v. Teamsters Pension Trust Fund, 142 Fed Appx. 573 (3d Cir. 2005)
  • Group III Capital, Inc. v. Parasol Group, Ltd., 2003 WL 1948801 (S.D.N.Y. 2003)
  • West Va. Steel Corp. v. Sparta Steel Corp., 356 N.J. Super. 398 (App. Div. 2003)

Representative Matters & Transactions

  • Defending towing company in a class action alleging violations of the Predatory Towing Protection Act (“PTPA”) and the Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”). This case is pending before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
  • Defended private equity fund in an arbitration proceeding before the AAA.
  • Defended environmental services company in an employment class action filed in the Supreme Court of New York.
  • Defending consumer products company in a business litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented Registered Investment Advisor in an oppressed minority shareholder litigation regarding the operation of an investment management company.
  • Represented hedge fund managers in federal and state court cases regarding claims for deferred compensation.
  • Represented the Executor in a Will Contest over an Estate worth over $10 million.
  • Defended automobile dealership in a class action alleging violations of state and federal consumer protection statutes.
  • Defended automobile financing company in over 100 consumer fraud actions in New York and New Jersey.

Recent Transactions

  • Represented Hospital in connection with the closing of a $6.5 million loan to fund the construction of a new surgery center.
  • Represented horticultural services company in connection with the acquisition of two smaller competitors.
  • Represented real property owner in connection with the sale of a large warehouse for $15 million.
  • Served as local counsel to Ropes & Gray in connection with a $45 million credit facility provided by GE Capital to a New Jersey-based health care company.

Prior Experience

  • Chairman of the Board, Freedom Bank, 2008 – Present
  • Associate, Gibbons, PC, Newark, NJ, 1993 – 1998

Civic & Charitable Activities

  • Board Member, The Scholarship Fund For Inner-City Children


  • Fordham School of Law, J. D., 1993
  • Lafayette College, B.A., 1990


  • New Jersey, 1993
  • New York, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2021
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2011
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2010