Paul A. Suttell was appointed by Governor Donald L. Carcieri as Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, effective July 16, 2009. Governor Carcieri appointed him as an Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court on July 9, 2003. Previously he was an Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Family Court for 13 years.
Chief Justice Suttell is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and Suffolk University Law School. He began his legal career in Pawtucket with the firm of Crowe, Chester & Adams,
and then as an associate with Beals & DiFiore in Providence from 1978 to 1990. He served as legal counsel to the House Minority Leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1979 to 1982.
In 1982, he was elected as a state representative from a district that encompassed Little Compton and portions of Tiverton and Portsmouth. In his second term, he was elected by his colleagues as Deputy Minority Leader and served in that capacity until 1990. During his tenure in the Rhode Island General Assembly, he served on the House Committees on the Judiciary, Corporations, and Special Legislation, the Joint Committees on the Environment and the Arts, the Agricultural Land Preservation Commission, the Newport County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Lottery Commission.
In 1988, he was elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in New Orleans.
Chief Justice Suttell was appointed by Governor Edward D. DiPrete as an Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Family Court on July 9, 1990. During his years on the trial bench, he presided over the juvenile wayward and delinquency, child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, and domestic calendars.
He serves on numerous community and nonprofit organizations.