Judge Paul G. Levenson

Born 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Federal Judicial Service

Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.

Sworn in on May 27, 2022.


Harvard College, B.A., 1979
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1984


Boston Courthouse

John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 2300
Boston, Massachusetts 02210


25, 7th floor

John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse - Boston, MA
John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse - Boston, MA

Courtroom Technology

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Chambers Procedures/Standing Orders/Sample Orders
USDC Judicial Forum Survey

Civil - Case Management

Q4: What, if any, inquiries do you make about settlement prospects and/or interest in mediation at the initial scheduling conference?

A4: I generally seek the parties' views about whether, and when, mediation or other efforts to explore settlement may be of use.

Q6: What schedule do you set at the initial scheduling conference?

A6: I have a standard blank scheduling order that I provide to the parties when setting the initial scheduling conference.

Q7: After the initial scheduling conference, do you hold status conferences?

A7: It depends on the case. It often makes sense to touch base with the parties after fact discovery, before large expenditures for expert witnesses.

Civil - Discovery

Q10: Other than the requirements under Local Rule 16.1(D) for addressing certain discovery topics in the parties' joint statement, what, if any, discovery issues do you like counsel to be prepared to address at the initial scheduling conference?

A10: Counsel should be prepared to tailor their discussion of discovery to the circumstances of the case. In some instances. For example, if there are potentially dispositive issues that can be raised "up front" at minimal cost, it may make sense to delay or stagger discovery.

Q11: What, if any, issues related to electronically stored information should counsel be prepared to address at the initial scheduling conference?

A11: Whenever there is a signifiicant amount of ESI, counsel should have a plan for addressing the issue. This is especially the case when there are substantial disparities in the parties' respective capacities for handling ESI.

Q12: If the parties intend to file a proposed protective order, do you require any particular format and/or a specific time for doing so?

A12: No special format. Parties should, however, be careful to note the distinction between protective orders that limit use/disclosure during discovery, and orders that purport to limit the use/disclosure of materials submitted to the Court for substantive purposes.

Q16: Do you typically hold hearing on discovery motions?

A16: I hold hearings on discovery if I have open-questions after reviewing the parties' submissions.

Q17: Please describe your general practice regarding the resolution of disovery motions.

A17: When the parties are reasonably collegial, I will explore whether there are over-arching principles that -- if adopted by the Court -- will enable the parties to complete the line-drawing process on their own.

Q18: Under what circumstances will you consider emergency motions regarding discovery matters/

A18: I have invited parties to contact my Courtroom deputy to arrange a brief telephone or zoom hearing to resolve issues that might otherwise create a bottleneck in completing discovery.

Civil - Dispositive Motions

Q24: Do you typically allow reply briefs and/or surreply briefs?

A24: Yes, Reply Briefs: 12 pages maximum, 7 days after opposition.
Surreply: I will entertain a motion for leave to file, which should attach the proposed submission.

Q29: Under what, if any, circumstances, would you allow the filing of post-argument briefs?

A29: When I have open questions that need follow up, I will ask for supplemental briefing.

Civil - Patent Cases

Civil Mediation

Q33: If you have any particular practices or preferences in regard to submissions before a mediation, please describe them.

A33:I have a standard pre-mediation order which prescribes the submissions I expect. Parties should read the order carefully and comply with all parts of the order.

Q36: Do you require the party/parties to be present or available during a mediation?

A36: I generally require the parties to be present for mediation.

Criminal Matters

Q39: Do you have any particular practices as to scheduling in criminal cases? If so, please describe them.

A39: I will generally postpone/cancel an interim status conference at the parties' joint request, provided the parties submit a joint status report with a clear update on the progress, and planned next steps, in the matter.

General Trial Practice - Pretrial Matters

Q40: Do you require the filing of a trial brief?

A40: Respondent skipped this question.

General Trial Practice - Scheduling Trials

Q54: What is your typical trial schedule?

A54: Respondent skipped this question.

General Trial Practice - Jury Selection

Q56: Please describe your jury selection process.

A56: Respondent skipped this question.

General Trial Practice - Trial Practices

Standing Orders & Miscellaneous Matters

Q71: Order #2

A71: Respondent skipped this question.

Q72: Order #3

A72: Respondent skipped this question.

Post-Pandemic Practices

Q75: As of Fall 2022, are there any case events that you routinely conduct via Zoom in criminal cases? If so, what are they?

A75: At request of Defendant, an Arraignment for a case in which there was previously an initial appearance may be conducted by Zoom.