Gary R. Pannone
Gary R. Pannone
  • Managing Principal

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(401) 824-5123


Gary R. Pannone is the Managing Principal of Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC and has been representing closely held business owners for thirty years. He is an experienced business lawyer specializing in the areas of business formations, corporate restructuring, mergers, acquisitions and corporate compliance. His practice includes the representation of nonprofit organizations with respect to consolidations, mergers and acquisitions. In addition to his role as Managing Principal of the firm, Attorney Pannone serves as the team leader for the Health Care Law, Corporate & Business Law and Nonprofit Organizations teams.

Attorney Pannone serves on several boards and governance committees of nonprofit organizations. He is a former Town Solicitor and has served as special counsel to several municipalities. He is also a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of health care law, corporate compliance, board governance and best practices.

Prior to the founding of Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC, Attorney Pannone served as the managing partner of the Providence office of Holland & Knight LLP. He is a prominent member of the legal community and was 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. In addition, he has been recognized by his peers as a leading lawyer in the areas of business law and corporate compliance by Best Lawyers® in America, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel. For the past four years, Attorney Pannone was named Rhode Island's “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in his practice areas and he was selected as a 2020 Excellence in the Law Hall of Fame honoree by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation's leading research institute for the study of law.

Attorney Pannone received his J.D. from Suffolk Law School after earning his undergraduate degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate & Business
  • Business Law
  • Cyber Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in the Law Hall of Fame, RI Lawyers Weekly
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA
  • Rhode Island and New England Super Lawyers


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • B.B.A. - 1974

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Business Law, Health Law and Law Practice Management
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
  • East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
  • Northern RI Chamber of Commerce

Pro Bono Activities

  • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
  • East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
  • Northern RI Chamber of Commerce


  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Counsel to a $20MM nonprofit organization with respect to acquisitions and mergers of organizations that had a similar mission. The purpose of the growth strategy was to improve efficiencies and increase funding sources.
  • Counsel to a $4MM nonprofit organization providing administrative services to twenty nonprofits. PLDO has acted as general counsel in assisting the organization with respect to funding, banking relationships and increasing the number of nonprofits served.
  • Counsel to $18MM nonprofit organization that created a development subsidiary through mergers and acquisitions. PLDO acts as general counsel to the combined organization.

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