William E. O'Gara

William E Ogara

William E. O'Gara


Contact Information

P 401-824-5100
F 401-824-5123
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  • Biography/Practice Areas
    • William E. O'Gara is a Principal with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC and leads the firm's Litigation and Employment Teams. He is a highly respected labor and employment law practitioner with a significant depth of experience handling diverse matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Rhode Island Commission on Human Rights and the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. O'Gara's diverse practice includes defending wrongful termination and discrimination claims, contract negotiations and matters of union representation. He routinely represents employers in matters ranging from sexual harassment to retirement issues, and provides mediation services to resolve disputes and avoid costly litigation.

      Mr. O'Gara is a frequent lecturer on human resources management topics, and is a contributor and editor of human resource and personnel policy handbooks and guides for small and large private and public sector entities. He is also the editor of the firm's monthly Employment ADVISORY.

      Attorney O'Gara is a co-founder of the firm. His prior experience includes working with the national law firms of Bingham, Dana & Gould and Holland & Knight. He earned his J.D. from Northeastern University and his Master's in Industrial Relations from the University of Rhode Island. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

      Areas of Practice

      • Employment
      • Litigation
      • Mediation

      Bar Admissions

      • Massachusetts, 1989
      • Rhode Island, 1990
      • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • Education/Professional Associations
    • Education

      • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
        • J.D. - 1989
      • University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
        • M.A. - 1984
        • Major: Industrial Relations


      • Frequent Lecturer, Human Resources Management Topics

      Professional Associations and Memberships

      • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member
      • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
      • New York Bar Association, Member, Fourth District Bar Association Ethics Committee
      • Society of Human Resources Management, Member
      • Human Resources Management of Rhode Island, Member

      Pro Bono Activities

      • Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island
      • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
      • Nickerson Community Center
      • East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
      • Northern RI Chamber of Commerce
  • Representative Matters
      • Successfully tried numerous employment discrimination cases arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act, state and federal civil rights laws, wage and overtime laws, whistleblower protection acts, and state and federal labor laws.
      • Handled various matters involving complex directors and officers (D&O) coverage issues, including a current case arising in the context of an insolvency proceeding; wrongful termination and retaliation cases; and a major product liability case arising out of a tragic nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island.
      • Successfully represented clients in federal court on breach of contract claims arising out of multimillion-dollar property damage claims.
      • Successfully defended a manufacturer of machinery in connection with a multimillion-dollar fire loss claim.
      • Represented the Employees' Retirement System of Rhode Island, a legal entity subordinate to the Rhode Island General Treasurer's Office, on numerous matters that have been litigated before the Rhode Island Supreme Court and Rhode Island Superior Court.
  • Advisories/Articles