Thea A. Paolini

Nauman Smith
200 North 3rd Street
18th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101
717-236-3010 ext. 131
717-234-1925 (fax)


Thea is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Business and Employment, Right-to-Know Law, Tax Trusts & Estates, and Transportation practice groups, but she enjoys taking on projects from all corners of the firm. After earning a Bachelor of Science in biology with a studio art minor, she started her own floral design business, which she owned and operated for four years in Central Pennsylvania before returning to academia. She earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, concentrating in criminal law and business law.  After graduating cum laude from law school, Thea obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business concentrating in strategic leadership and entrepreneurship.

Rail & Transportation Law

Thea has assisted with drafting numerous pleadings for the firm’s railroad clients and spends a significant amount of her time working on personal injury defense matters.  She works closely with the partners of the firm in all areas of railroad litigation including appellate litigation.

Right-to-Know Law

Thea has served various news media clients and private individuals with issues relating to the Right-to-Know Law and First Amendment matters.  She helps the firm at all levels of Right-to-Know Law litigation, from drafting Right-to-Know Law requests, to the Office of Open Records, to the Commonwealth Court.



  • Gettysburg College, B.S. magna cum laude 2008
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D. cum laude 2015
  • Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business, M.B.A., 2017

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2016
  • District of Columbia, 2019

Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Recent Publications


Thea has written about issues concerning women in business and been published in local business journals on the following topics:

  • Pennsylvania Could Be Instrumental in Helping to Achieve Pay Equality for Women as America Continues to Wait for Congress to Decide Yea or Nay on Salary History Bans
  • Advice for Businesses in Light of the #MeToo Movement

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