Thea PaoliniAssociate Attorney
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, cum laude
Gettysburg College, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude
Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Fraternity
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Ms. Paolini is an associate attorney with the firm who grew up in rural Pennsylvania. After earning a Bachelor of Science in biology with a studio art minor from Gettysburg College in 2008, Ms. Paolini started her own floral design business, which she owned and operated for four years in Central Pennsylvania before returning to academia. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she was a managing editor for the Pittsburgh Tax Review and concentrated her studies in business and criminal law. After law school, Ms. Paolini attended the Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business graduating in 2017 with an M.B.A. with concentrations in strategic leadership and entrepreneurship.
After a short stint as an assistant district attorney, Ms. Paolini spent the first few years of her career practicing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with Nauman, Smith, Shissler, & Hall LLP, a general business firm. While there, she worked with business and individual clients, ranging from sole proprietors to national corporations. Although she helped with many types of general business law issues, Ms. Paolini spent most of her time working on commercial litigation matters. She has worked on a variety of litigation cases including defending businesses with general liability matters, employment matters, and working on both sides of FOIA and Right to Know Law matters.
In late 2020, Ms. Paolini relocated to Northern Virginia and joined Cook, Craig, and Francuzenko in January 2021.