Allan W. Fung
Partner

Contact Information

Phone

Fax

401-824-5123

Email

afung@pldolaw.com

Biography/Practice Areas

Allan W. Fung is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC. His distinguished career as a leading Rhode Island executive and former Mayor of the City of Cranston spans over 12 years, from 2009 to 2021, overseeing budgets in excess of $300 million and a workforce of more than 660 employees. During his tenure as the City’s Chief Executive Officer, he successfully negotiated multiple collective bargaining agreements, reformed the city’s severely underfunded locally administered pension plan, established diplomatic relations with worldwide dignitaries from Taiwan, Italy and China that fostered business and cultural exchanges, and led multi-million-dollar commercial development projects that resulted in thousands of new jobs for city and state residents.

Mr. Fung is widely recognized as a leading voice and frequent speaker at national and international forums on a wide range of issues including economic development, pensions, fiscal management, and diplomacy and international trade, as well public private partnerships (P3s) and other policy and legislative matters. He has extensive experience working on complex legal matters regarding federal, state and municipal regulatory and compliance issues, and has used his astute leadership and business skills to successfully bring together diverse groups and organizations across industries and sectors to work collaboratively to solve problems. In his capacity as Mayor, he led the emergency management and recovery effort for city residents during multiple declared disasters, including managing the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Prior to becoming Mayor, he worked as Government Relations Counsel and Legal Counsel for MetLife for eight years, managing the company’s national affairs on legislative and regulatory matters for its Auto & Home division, and providing counsel and risk assessments to corporate executives and clients in various states across the country in the areas of product development and contracts and compliance, among other legal issues. Earlier, Mr. Fung worked as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General in the Narcotics & Organized Crime Unit, and as a Litigation Associate with Mandell, Schwartz & Boisclair.

As an accomplished executive, public servant and attorney, Mr. Fung has held leadership positions with several national and local organizations throughout his career. Currently, he serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Board of the Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans and is on the New England Advisory Board for the International Leadership Foundation, among others. He has been honored with several awards including the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, 2020 National Public Official of the Year.

He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA, and a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from Rhode Island College. He is a graduate of Leadership RI and a Rhode Island Bar Foundation Fellow. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Municipal Restructuring
  • Public Pensions
  • Investigations and Litigation
  • Negotiations and Mediation
  • Public Financing
  • Insurance
  • Commercial Development Projects
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Bar Admission

  • Rhode Island, 1995
  • Massachusetts, 1996
  • United States District Court for the District of RI, 1996
  • United States District Court for the District of MA, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, National Public Official of the Year, 2020
  • Boy Scouts of America Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award, 2019
  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance US Senator George Frisbie Hoar Outstanding Leadership Award, 2017
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Public Service Award, 2016
  • International Leadership Foundation Leadership Award, 2012
  • Classical High School Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009
  • Rhode Island College Charles B. Willard Achievement Award, 2009
  • Providence Business News’ “40 Under Forty” Award, 2005, 2006
  • Rhode Island College Political Science Alumni Honor Roll Award, 2006
  • National Journal Future Political Star in Rhode Island, 2006
  • Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans Citizen of the Year, 2004

 

Education/Professional Associations

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA

  • J.D. – 1995, cum laude

 Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

  • B.A. – 1992, cum laude
  • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Foundation Fellow

Pro Bono Activities

  • International Leadership Foundation, New England Advisory Board
  • Asian American Unity Coalition, Board of Governors
  • Scholastic Merit Fund PAC of New York, Board of Directors
  • RI League of Cities and Towns, Past President
  • Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans, Honorary Chairman and Past President
  • RI Governor and Treasurer’s Pension Advisory Group, Past Member
  • Rhode Island Governor’s Insurance Advisory Council, Past Chairman

 

Representative Matters

Advisories/Articles

Best Practices for Using Your Local COVID-19 Fiscal Recovery Funds, RI League of Cities and Towns Webinar 

Local Government Must Be Cautious In The Use Of American Rescue Plan Funds

Establishing Rules Of Decorum In A Virtual Public Meeting World

Speaking Engagements

Using Technology to Strengthen City Services and Combat the Global COVID-19 Pandemic, Taipei Smart City Mayor’s Summit, August 2020

The Future of Leadership Symposium, Changing the World in 2020 and Beyond, National Civic Leadership Forum, July 2020

Avoiding Government Meltdown: Effective Legal Solutions to Unaffordable Pension Liabilities, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, September 2019

Empowering AAPI for 2020, Government Leadership Panelist 2019 National Civic Leadership Forum, Washington, DC, September 2019

The U.S./China Relations and Trade War – The Effects on Chinese Americans, 55th Biennial Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Convention, Boston, MA, July 2019

Introduction to Municipal Budgeting, RI League of Cities and Towns, Jamestown, RI, April 2019

Bold Leadership: Inspiring Asian and Asian-American Voices, Bloomberg News Town Hall, New York, NY, May 2018

Managing Small to Medium Sized Cities: A View From City Hall, New England Political Science Association Roundtable, Providence, RI, April 2017

Identifying and Developing a P3 Project, NCPPP P3 Bootcamp, Boston, MA, October 2016

Serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies’ National Leadership Academy, Washington, DC, May 2015

Creating A More Conducive Business Environment, Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, Nashua, NH, March 2014

Politics Powered by APA’s, Organization of Chinese Americans Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, July 2013

A Pathway Towards Fiscal Stability, The Bond Buyer’s 2nd Annual Symposium on Distressed Municipalities, March 2013

Strategies for Seizing Fiscal Stability, PFM Group, April 2012

The Public Pension Crisis, University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration 4th annual Vangermeersch endowed lecture, April, 2011

Asian Pacific American Leadership, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), Crowell and Morgan, Washington, DC, June 2010

The Requirements and Considerations for Running for Political Office, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, November 2009

Regionalization in Government, Providence College Annual Fanning Labor Conference, June 2009

Navigating the Political Waters: A Property and Casualty Legislative and Regulatory Update and Forecast, MetLife Actuarial Conference, New York City, December 2007

Princess Lida Doctrine Applies Despite Forfeiture of ERISA Claims, 18 Suffolk Transnational L. Rev. 319 (1995)

Reasonable Suspicion of A Violation Unnecessary For Routine Secondary Vehicle Inspection At Permanent Border Checkpoints, 18 Suffolk Transnational L. Rev. 751 (1995)