Quarterly Update - Spring 2010

Spring 2010 Quarterly Update e-news

Articles:

Join in Our 4th Anniversary Celebration
PLDO "Breaks" Down More Walls Toward Success
National News Spotlights PLDO Expertise in Municipal Infrastructure
"Digital Age" Duo Featured in PBN
A Community Partnership with Impact
Saluting Service to Our Country
From the Desk of Bill O'Gara
Building it Better, By Design
Estate Planning Check-up for 2010
Forging Quality of Life Partnerships

Join in Our 4th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating is good for the soul. This year please join the PLDO team as we recognize the firm's fourth anniversary and thank our clients and the communities we serve. Most importantly, we are grateful for the hard work and loyalty of all of the lawyers and staff, without whom we could not have achieved this level of success.

This is certainly a time to appreciate our families and friends who have supported us from the start-up in 2006, through this time of celebration. Our journey has been exciting and the future promises to be without bounds as we remain true to one of the stated goals at PLDO, i.e., "to achieve the efficiencies of a business rather than operate simply as a law firm doing business."

As on of the greatest athletes of all time Arthur Ashe coined; "success is a journey, not a destination.." we thank all those who have helped us along the way and we are looking forward to many more great years ahead.

PLDO "breaks" down more walls toward success

At PLDO we are dedicated to practicing law in a fully integrated environment to search for and deliver cost-effective, solutions for our clients. We have managed to remove some of the obstacles to best practices in our profession and at the same time we have constructed walls as we expand our Providence office in order to continue growing with our clients. We have enjoyed a planned and steady growth pattern during our first four years in business both in Rhode Island and New York and we will continue to manage this growth systematically and efficiently in the future.

The most recent expansion is further evidence of a steady, planned growth during challenging economic times and was the product of a comprehensive and coordinated effort led by David Sweet, Director of Administration, Eliot D. Finn of R-Keough Construction Inc. and Lerner Ladds & Bartles of Providential office environment for staff and clients. We have now transformed 21,770 square feet of former mill space into a highly visible and friendly professional office environment. Read More...

National News Spotlights PLDO Expertise in Municipal Infrastructure

Teno A. West was recently asked to present his views and experience regarding the structuring and advantages fo a design-build-operate public infrastructure project at the US Conference of Mayors in February. Mr. West was asked to share his experience regarding his involvement in the first-of-its-kind water use design-build-operate project for the State of New York which earned him a well-deserved spotlight on talent' and national news headlines in US MAOR, a prestigious publication for the country's mayors and their administrations. Click here to read more about Teno's project that is considered a national model for public private partnerships in design-build-operate water reuse projects. Read More...

"Digital Age" Duo Featured in PBN

The discussion level is at its peak in the public arena, online news and the mainstream media concerning the issues attending all forms of e-communication and social networking platforms such as Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, blogging, email protocols and so much more. What's right, wrong, a myth or factual when it comes to being informed about electronic communications is nearly impossible to decipher.

Providence Business News recently featured Partner Bill O'Gara and Senior Counsel Brian Lamoureux, as experts concerning this topic given their recent presentations and lectures regarding the legal issues and personal dilemmas now becoming routine in the "digital age." Click here to read the two-part series of PBN articles on this topic.

A Community Partnership with Impact

The 2010 join seminar presentation by PLDO and United Way for nonprofit executives, board members and representatives is about to begin. Some of the topics to be covered will include board structure and governance, employment issues, regulatory and compliance issues. This series began last year with a seminar team that included partners Gary Pannone and Bill O'Gara as well as associate Robert Knychalski. The plan is to expand the program to provide a practical approach to decision making for nonprofits in 2010.

So mark you calendar for this first seminar on March 31 for a "drill down" on the all important IRS Form 990 beginning at 8:30a.m. at the Valley Street headquarters of UWRI in Providence. Watch your email for an e-invite and join in a lively and informative conversation. Refreshments will be served and RSVP is required. Click here for details and the full calendar of topics on "Managing Your Organization's Future: Strategies for 21st Century Nonprofit Organizations." Read more...

Saluting Service to our Country

Please join us in a salute to our own Bill Devereaux, a partner at PLDO, for his 30 years of military service to our country upon his December 2009 retirement from the US Navy Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGC), Bill is a highly respected Rhode Island criminal defense attorney, who's active and reserve military career spans from 1978 when he was stationed in Naval Station Keflavik in Iceland as a young JAGC lawyer, to his last station of service in Newport, RI with the Naval Legal Service Office. Not one to "sing" his own praises, we congratulate Bill on this great life achievement and thank him for his service for a job well done!

From the Desk of Bill O'Gara

From time to time, PLDO Partner and Employment Law Team Leader Bill O'Gara shares the latest news on case law that may impact employers and/or employees. Take a moment read his latest e-news advisory on recent decisions or matters still before the courts.

Building it Better, By Design

If you are a professional interested in learning more about "The State of Design-Build in Rhode Island," please join us for a topical discussion and special reception at the firm on Thursday, April 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

PLDO Partner and Municipal Infrastructure Team Leader Teno West, a national expert on design-build and Chair of the DBIA Rhode Island Chapter will lead a discussion about recent advancements in design-build and its use as an alternative project delivery method in Rhode Island. For reservations and directions, email Beth Phillips at bphillips@pldw.com or call 401.824.5132.

Estate Planning Check-up for 2010

The cliche, "time doesn't stand still" is so true...especially when it comes to ever-changing life events that sometimes result in unwanted consequences if we have not properly prepared for them. From a legal perspective, "planning" is essential and in the area of estate planning the so-called annual review is essential to a comprehensive estate plan that works. Marriage, divorce, birth of a child or grandchild, purchase or sale of a home, starting a business or planning a retirement should all be a reason to review your planning documents. Click here for important "estate planning check-up" questions you may want to consider in order to be prepared.

Forging Quality of Life Partnerships

There are many ways PLDO attorneys support the good work of our nonprofit organizations, like volunteering on boards, helping raise money and awareness and sharing our expertise and knowledge when called upon. Most recent is our $1,500.00 gift to support the 8th Annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon for the Women's Center of Rhode Island and its mission to end interpersonal violence throughout education, court advocacy and programs that provide shelter for victims of domestic violence.

PLDO is also a $2,500.00 sponsoring law firm in Rhode Island with the Roger Williams University School of Law's Pro Bono Collaborative, and will work with a team of law students and the Collaborative to help establish The Rhode Island Dream Center, an affiliate of Providence's Praise Tabernacle Church, which seeks to feed and shelter the homeless and so much more.

More news at pldw.com

For more information about PLDO activities, including our newest offices in NY; bios on our new partners and associates; and details the Roger Williams University Pro Bono Collaborative, visit Media/Press Releases on our website at www.pldw.com.