Paula was born in New Castle, Lawrence County, PA. She graduated from New Castle Senior High School and the University of Pittsburgh. She obtained a law degree from New York Law School in 1989 and is admitted to practice in the states of Pennsylvania and New York. She is also admitted to the Federal Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of New York
Paula practiced law in New York City in the areas of real estate and civil litigation. In 1995, she opened her own general practice law office. Paula prosecuted criminal cases with the District Attorney’s office. She also has extensive experience litigating in family law, real estate law, bankruptcy law, and personal injury cases. She served as the Solicitor for the City of New Castle, the New Castle Area Transit Authority and the Zoning hearing board for Shenago Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.