Quarterly Update

Summer 2011

Articles

PLDO Partner and veteran employment law attorney, William E. O’Gara featured in firm’s video project

William E. O'Gara

Employment law has changed dramatically during the last few decades making it critical for companies of all sizes to draft and publish a personnel handbook in order to avoid costly litigation and other workplace issues, explains William E. O’Gara, PLDO Partner during the latest video vignette provided to the public as part of the firm’s online informational offering. Mr. O’Gara is the team leader of the firm’s Litigation and Employment practices. During this recent video he discusses a number of important topics which can be accessed by logging onto www.pldw.com. With more than 20 years of legal experience, Mr. O’Gara discusses the shift in employment laws in general and the fact that more employees are more willing than ever to use the court as leverage with their employer. He also advises that preparing a personnel handbook is an effective preventative measure to avoiding unnecessary legal costs. “Taking advantage of experienced human resource consultants who are effective in assisting small companies is essential when it is not economically feasible to have a full time HR department,” he advises. Other topics covered by Mr. O’Gara in the vignette are his top three recommendations for companies to consider in maintaining a satisfied workforce and what the future looks like in the practice of employment law.  Mr. O’Gara is also the author of a monthly Employment E-Advisory that offers readers the latest news, court decisions and other items of interest in workplace law. To receive your copy of the advisory, please email Christina Micchelli at CMicchelli@pldw.com

RI Lawyers Weekly highlights PLDO attorneys work

William E. O'Gara | Brain J. Lamoureux Bernard A. Jackvony | Thomas R. Gonnella

PLDO attorneys work diligently for clients to find creative, cost-effective and practical solutions to complex legal issues. The firm’s team approach provides clients with the best and broadest scope of legal counsel from new associates to veteran attorneys with years of experience working together on behalf of clients. An example of this responsive and comprehensive delivery of legal services was featured in the June 27th issue of RI Lawyers Weekly. PLDO attorneys William E. O’Gara, Bernard A. Jackvony, Thomas R. Gonnella and Brian J. Lamoureux’s landmark case Cohen v. Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority (09-153S) was highlighted in RI Lawyers Weekly "Verdict & Settlement" column; a prominent weekly feature that provides a unique and valuable service for litigators who want to know how much their cases might be worth for trial or settlement. RI Lawyers Weekly also published Mr. Lamoureux's editorial entitled, "It’s time to retire Rhode Island pleading tradition" in its June 13th issue. This provocative essay condemns the practice of pleading avoidance and lawyers who use this maneuver as an impermissible hedge. Please click here to read the complete essay: http://rilawyersweekly.com/blog/2011/06/09/it’s-time-to-retire-rhode-island-pleading-tradition

Municipal Infrastructure Team Leader and Partner Teno A. West to provide guidance and legal counsel on multi-million dollar project in Tulsa, OK

Teno A. West

Partner Teno A. West is a nationally recognized and highly-respected lawyer in the area of public-private infrastructure and construction projects which include municipal infrastructure alternative delivery projects. He is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker to trade association conferences who seek his insight and hands-on experience in this evolving area of the law. In the last few weeks, his work has been recognized in regional and national publications, including the Hudson Valley Business Journal and Best Alternative Energy. This summer Attorney West will join Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) as a member of its professional team of advisors for the assessment of the water and sewer system for the Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority in Tulsa, OK. This engagement will require legal and business consultation in the areas of regulatory, contract and intergovernmental issues involving the assessment for IMG and the City of Tulsa.  The Tulsa engagement adds to a long list of the national municipal infrastructure projects in which Mr. West and the MI Team at PLDO have shared their legal skills, experience and expertise. The scope of projects ranges from sewer, solid waste and waste management alternative delivery systems, to transportation, including the planning and development of a minor league baseball stadium. “We are pleased to be a part of this exciting project for the citizens of Tulsa and welcome the opportunity to work with some of most experienced engineering, management and financial advising firms in the world,” said Mr. West.

New York pub features Partner William P. Devereaux’s essay on preventing fraud and abuse in health care

William P. Devereaux

Modern hospitals are undergoing a transformation like never before. Advancements in technology are driving the change to reduce costs and provide better health care to the public. PLDO Partner William P. Devereaux, who leads the Criminal and Health Care teams, was recently published in the New York Hudson Valley Business Journal in an article entitled, ‘Prevention is the best ‘medicine’ to reduce risk in health care fraud and abuse,’ in which he discussed that key to reducing fraud and abuse is to be proactive. According to a recent study by Thomas Reuters analysts, fraud and abuse tops ‘$125 to $175 billion annually’ and is the second highest area of wastefulness in health care today. In Mr. Devereaux’s article, he suggests three fundamental elements to reduce the possibility of fraud and abuse: 1) having compliance policies in place, 2) performing regular audits and 3) training staff to be proactive in detecting potential crime. To read the insightful article, please log onto http://www.hvbizjournal.com/archives.php?id=207

PLDO's Thomas Gonnella featured in RWU School of Law’s Dean Logan’s Blog

Thomas R. Gonnella

One of the more popular legal forums in Rhode Island is a blog written by Dean David Logan from Roger Williams University School of Law. On June 24, 2011, the Dean referred to PLDO Associate and RWU School of Law alumnus Thomas R. Gonnella as a ‘star alum’ and featured a rousing essay on his first-hand experience before U.S. Federal District Judge William E. Smith for PLDO client Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority. Cohen v. Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority (09-153S)’, a class action suit consisting of over 400,000 members, ‘involved a range of novel constitutional issues’ and was successfully settled by Mr. Gonnella and other attorneys at PLDO. Mr. Gonnella reflects in the essay on the travel and analysis of the case, in-firm team deliberations and ultimate court experience and final decision. The case was also featured in RI Lawyers Weekly on June 27th. (See related article above.) Mr. Gonnella is a 2006 graduate of the Rhode Island law school. To read his essay, please log onto http://law.rwu.edu/blog/alums-cutting-edge.

Attorney Brian J. Lamoureux recognized for his ‘career success and community involvement’

Brian J. Lamoureux

Please join PLDO in congratulating Senior Counsel Brian J. Lamoureux as a member of the 2011 class of young professionals recognized in Providence Business News’ 40 Under Forty program. According to the PBN, those honored were recognized for their ‘career success and community involvement…and commitment to making a difference on a local, national or international scale.’ Mr. Lamoureux’s zest for learning, legal analysis and communications skills together with his desire to help others succeed were acknowledged by honoring him with this award. As a young attorney, Mr. Lamoureux has a strong following in his litigation practice and routinely shares his knowledge about cutting-edge legal issues when he provides free legal workshops on the use of social media in the workplace which he has routinely delivered to hundreds of business leaders, public officials and the public. He has successfully appeared before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and has been selected to be on the approved attorney list to serve as a receiver in the Rhode Island court system. He is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and admitted to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Lamoureux manages complex litigation which includes a settlement and resolution of a class action suit involving hundreds of thousands of parties. He is a strong proponent of giving back to the local community and toward that end, Mr. Lamoureux serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center and is on the Board of Directors for Reach Out and Read Rhode Island and leads the Bishop Hendricken High School Alumni Association/Rhode Island network. Mr. Lamoureux will be honored as a member of the 2011 40 Under Forty class on July 28th during PBN’s reception at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport.