"The best measure of any person is what he/she accomplishes for his/her fellow members of the community, rather than for oneself. Undoubtedly, Paula Tredeau, you have done much for your neighbors, and that has been your focus second only to your husband and children. Doing that is the greatest goal to which you could have aspired, and you continue to attain that goal, and we your fellow members of the community are in your debt for your efforts and accomplishments."
Words of recognition spoken upon her being
Presented with the Saint Thomas More Medal
By Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell on September 29, 2013
Attorney Tredeau is a native of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. She attended Saint Mary’s Elementary School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, and Saint Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, and so she will tell you herself that she has been under the mantle of the Blessed Mother from her earliest days. Paula was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985, and to the Massachusetts Bar in 1999.
After graduating from college, with distinction, in 1979, Paula first worked in human resources until she married and moved to San Antonio. While she was a law student there, she was the Research Editor of the Saint Mary’s Law Journal. Paula received her law degree, cum laude, in 1985 and was the valedictorian of her class. The young Attorney Tredeau began her law career as an associate with the firm of Gardere & Wynne in Dallas.
In 1988, the Tredeaus moved to Longmeadow. While staying at home with their young children, Paula contributed her time and talent to the community by serving on the Longmeadow Conservation Commission, and the town’s Historical Commission. During that same period, Paula was also a member of the adjunct faculty of what was then known as the Paralegal Studies Institute at Our Lady of the Elms College.
In 1999, Paula joined the Springfield firm of Egan, Flanagan and Cohen, P.C. where her practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning and probate administration. During these last fourteen years she has proven her mettle not just in the courtroom of the Probate Court, but as Chair of the Board of Mont Marie Health Care Center and as a member of its Financial Committee, and also as the Director of the Saint Thomas More Society during four critical years. During this same time, Paula has been and remains a member of the Town of Longmeadow’s Master Plan Steering Committee.
Paula and her husband, Dr. Richard Tredeau, are the parents of two grown children and are parishioners at Sacred Heart Church in Springfield as well as at Saint Joseph Church in Woods Hole during the vacation season.