William P. Devereaux

William P. Devereaux

Principal
Location:
Johnston, Rhode Island
Phone:
401-824-5100
866-353-3310 (Toll Free)
Fax:
401-824-5123
Email:

William P. Devereaux is a Principal with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC and leads the firm's Criminal Defense Team.  Attorney Devereaux is a prominent and highly respected criminal and civil litigator, who also has contributed considerable time and effort throughout his thirty five years of practice to provide pro bono legal representation to nonprofit organizations, and has served on several charitable boards. Mr. Devereaux’s practice has included the representation of high-profile clients, including CEOs, doctors, lawyers, and leading political figures in state and federal court. He was the first attorney in the United States to successfully negotiate a "Deferred Prosecution Agreement" for a hospital and he is the original author of "Rhode Island's Guide to Grand Jury Service."

Attorney Devereaux routinely appears before the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to representing individuals in criminal defense matters, Mr. Devereaux represents for profit and non-profit organizations with respect to health care fraud, money laundering, securities disputes and product liability issues. He represents clients before the Department of Justice, the HHS Office of Inspector General and Office of Civil Rights and defends individuals and agencies with respect to Medicaid and Medicaid fraud, enforcement actions and agency audits. He has also represented casino developers, municipalities and Native American Tribes with respect to gaming, licensing, permitting and contracting issues involving the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Attorney Devereaux is highly regarded for his ability to manage grand jury and other governmental investigations to avoid indictments or actions by regulators. After graduating from Suffolk University Law School, Attorney Devereaux was selected by the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate Office during which time he acted as Senior Defense Counsel for the Naval Base at Pearl Harbor and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii. He later served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island and prosecuted organized crime and major felony cases, as well as environmental criminal offenses. As an Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Devereaux also served as supervising attorney for statewide Grand Jury matters. 

Attorney Devereaux is a prominent member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts legal communities and has been honored by his peers and judges with the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating based on both legal ability and ethics. He has also been selected annually by his peers as a Best Lawyers in America recipient and is recognized as a Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense Super Lawyer.
 
Attorney Devereaux is one of the co-founders at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals for the Armed Forces. Attorney Devereaux is a retired Captain in the United States Naval Reserve.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Health Care
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1979
  • Rhode Island, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1975

Honors and Awards

  • New England Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation Defense
  • Pro Bono Publico Recipient, RI Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps, Captain

Pro Bono Activities

  • Resilient Kids, Board of Directors