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PLDO Attorney Joshua J. Butera is a Featured Speaker on “M&A Due Diligence: Latest Trends and Developments”

Rhode Island – April 8, 2021 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) business attorney Joshua J. Butera will be a featured speaker during a national webinar on “The Growing Importance of M&A Due Diligence: Latest Trends and Developments You Should Know” on Monday, April 26, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET). The virtual seminar is hosted by The Knowledge Group, and will cover best practices and strategies for successful acquisitions, tips on how to conduct effective due diligence to complete deals and avoid costly surprises, and address new challenges and issues in M&A transactions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more details about the webinar and for complimentary registration as a PLDO guest, please log onto...

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Former U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman Joins Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC

Rhode Island – April 1, 2021 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announced today that Aaron L. Weisman, former United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island and Chief of the Rhode Island Attorney General’s criminal appeals unit for over 25 years, has joined the firm as a Partner, effective Monday, April 5, 2021. “Aaron is a highly accomplished trial and appellate attorney and distinguished public servant with deep roots in Rhode Island,” said Gary R. Pannone, PLDO Managing Principal. “His reputation is impeccable both as U.S. Attorney and Chief Appellate Prosecutor in the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General, where he was counsel of record in more than 900 published Rhode Island Supreme Court cases.  His...

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PLDO Partner Gene M. Carlino to Present a Three-Part NBI Webinar Series on Estate Planning, Trusts and Tax Fundamentals

Rhode Island – March 31, 2021 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Gene M. Carlino, a prominent estate and trust attorney, will be the featured speaker for a series of online seminars on estate planning, trusts and tax fundamentals on April 12, 19, and 26, hosted by the National Business Institute (NBI). Each workshop will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and cover different topics and material.  For details on the individual seminars and to register through the NBI portal, please click the title of the seminar:  April 12 – Rhode Island Estate Planning Essentials; April 19 – Preparing Rhode Island Wills & Trusts, and April 26 – Tax Fundamentals for Estate Planning Attorneys. Attorney Carlino is a highly...

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PLDO Welcomes Jason P. Jones to its Estate and Trust Practice in Florida

Boca Raton, Florida – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announced that Jason P. Jones has joined the firm’s Estate and Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation Team as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Florida office, located at Peninsula Plaza, 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 204 in Boca Raton. He is fluent in Spanish and focuses his practice on advising U.S. and international clients on a broad range of tax, estate, and asset protection planning matters, including wills and trusts.  He also provides tax planning to corporate and business clients with respect to mergers, acquisitions and consolidations. Attorney Jones’ significant experience in international tax planning includes pre-immigration planning, structuring of...

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Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC Celebrates 15 Years of Legal Excellence

Rhode Island – March 1, 2021 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announced that the firm is commemorating its 15th anniversary, marking a significant and proud milestone achieved through innovation in the practice of law, teamwork, and collaboration in delivering quality legal services for clients despite the challenges, including last year’s unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. “Our success as a law firm is rooted in a commitment to excellence by our attorneys and staff, and we thank our loyal clients for their support and confidence through the years,” said Gary R. Pannone, a founder and Managing Principal. “Fifteen years ago, we decided to form a new entity that would combine business principles to the practice of law by...

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Allan W. Fung Joins Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC as Partner

Rhode Island – Feb. 26, 2021 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announced today that Allan W. Fung, former Mayor of the City of Cranston, has joined the firm as a Partner. “Allan has served the Rhode Island community with distinction and is a dedicated public servant. We are excited to be part of the next chapter in his journey at PLDO and concentrate his time in the practice of law while he continues to assist individuals and corporate clients to achieve their respective goals,”” said Gary R. Pannone, Managing Principal. “This is a great moment for PLDO and we are looking forward to having Allan become part of our team. His professionalism and leadership skills will be a tremendous addition to our firm and we are confident...

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PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux to be a Featured Speaker for the American Society of Appraisers/Boston Chapter on “Social Media Conduct and Content”

Rhode Island – January 13, 2021 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a prominent business and employment lawyer and leading voice on social and digital media law, will be a featured speaker on “Social Media Conduct and Content” for the American Society of Appraisers/Boston Chapter’s webinar on Tuesday, February 2, beginning at noon. Attorney Lamoureux will address the pros and cons of using social media for business purposes, how the rules of ethics and etiquette should be part of a social media strategy for solicitations and representations, and he will provide a checklist of do’s and don’ts, as well as pitfalls to be aware of when using social media for appraisers. “Social media is a powerful...

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PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber to be a Featured Presenter on “Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law: How the Election Results Will Impact Your Community”

Rhode Island – December 8, 2020 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment lawyer and litigator, will be a featured panel presenter at a webinar, entitled “Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law: How the Election Results Will Impact Your Community,” on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (EST). Attorney Reeber will be joined by Brian Zartarian, Account Executive with Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc., for the two-hour event, which is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Assisted Living Association (RIALA) and LeadingAge RI. Employers have faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 due to the pandemic and other factors. To help employers avoid potential...

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Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Named to the 2021 “Best Law Firm” List by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

Rhode Island – November 5, 2020 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announced today that it has been named to the 2021 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® for 15 practice areas in Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. This marks the 11th consecutive year PLDO has received the designation in Rhode Island for its professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. The practice areas cited for legal excellence in Metropolitan Tier 1/Rhode Island include Corporate Governance Law; Employment Law – Management; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Government Relations Practice; Labor Law – Management; Non-Profit/Charities Law, and Securities/Capital Markets Law. Other practice areas...

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PLDO Estate & Trust Attorneys will Feature 5-Key Steps to Successful Business Succession Planning at Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce Virtual Event, Oct. 20

Boca Raton, Florida – October 13, 2020 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Estate & Trust Senior Counselors Leah A. Foertsch and Jason S. Palmisano will present a webinar, entitled “Planning for the Future Starts Now!” as part of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce webinar series on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The attorneys will address the importance of business succession planning and offer five steps every business owner should consider to ensure their business’ success continues following a transfer of ownership. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit https://delraybeach.com/event/webinar-planning-for-the-future-starts-now/ Attorney Foertsch is a skilled estate...

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A “NATURAL DISASTER” – THE PANDEMIC’S IMPACT ON CONTRACTS

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, we wrote about the legal concept of “force majeure” clauses found in some business contracts. A force majeure clause excuses a party from performing its obligations under a contract based upon some unforeseen and serious event such as a war, riot, insurrection, natural disaster, or other act of God. At that time, we suggested that over the course of the pandemic, more and more courts would be asked to relieve a party from having to honor its contractual obligations because the pandemic made it impossible or extremely impractical to uphold its end of a deal. As predicted, many courts have now applied traditional force majeure clauses to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the following trend is starting to...

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DANGER LURKS WITH INCENTIVE-BASED SALES STRATEGIES FOR HEALTH IT PLATFORMS

A wise person learns from the mistakes of others; and recently, the health IT industry was afforded such a learning opportunity by a well-known EHR platform. athenahealth, Inc. (Athena), an industry-leading EHR vendor, agreed to pay $18.25 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by paying illegal kickbacks to generate sales of its EHR product, athenaClinicals. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) alleged that Athena violated the Anti-Kickback Statute (and by extension the False Claims Act) through three marketing programs. First, Athena allegedly invited prospects and customers to all-expense-paid sporting, entertainment and recreational events. These lavish, “bucket list” events included trips to the...

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IS 2021 THE YEAR FOR RHODE ISLAND? SMOKE SIGNALS POINT TO CANNABIS ADULT USE LICENSING

In 2017, the State of Rhode Island expanded its medical marijuana program by creating a licensing process for the cultivation and manufacturing of cannabis and cannabis products for sale at the State’s three sanctioned compassion centers.  By all accounts – industry and otherwise – this licensing process was intended to set the table for the coming days of recreational cannabis in Rhode Island. However, year after year, the powers that be at the State’s General Assembly have been firmly opposed to recreational marijuana in the Ocean State, taking a wait and see approach with eyes on neighboring Massachusetts. Now, just days after the State’s application period closed that will likely add six additional dispensaries to the medical program,...

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“FRUSTRATION OF PURPOSE” DISCHARGES COMMERCIAL TENANT’S RENT OBLIGATION

While specificity is typically a good thing in contract drafting, sometimes, too much specificity can backfire. A commercial landlord in Boston discovered this recently when the Suffolk County Superior Court discharged rent otherwise owed by a cafe operator during the period when the Governor had issued an emergency order banning on-premises consumption of food and drink. Interestingly, the case was filed not by the tenant, but by the landlord, who was seeking payment of back rent, eviction of the tenant due to default, and attorney’s fees. In fact, the tenant had already quit the premises after receiving an eviction notice. The lease at issue expressly limited the tenant to using the premises to operate a “Caffé Nero themed cafe,” and...

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IMPORTANCE OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE DURING THE PANDEMIC

It is widely recognized that the system of corporate governance is a key approach to preserving and protecting an enterprise and its stakeholders by checks and balances among the board and officers of a corporation. Strong governance policies make it possible to address potential and existing conflicts between the main parties in the organization; i.e., stockholders and directors. When reviewing governance within a corporate setting, we are either employing an agency theory or stakeholder theory. Under modern corporate governance policies, the board is empowered to act with independence so that it has the ability to act quickly when needed, while at the same time, making decisions that are in the best interests of the stakeholders....

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IS 2021 THE YEAR FOR RHODE ISLAND? SMOKE SIGNALS POINT TO CANNABIS ADULT USE LICENSING

In 2017, the State of Rhode Island expanded its medical marijuana program by creating a licensing process for the cultivation and manufacturing of cannabis and cannabis products for sale at the State’s three sanctioned compassion centers.  By all accounts – industry and otherwise – this licensing process was intended to set the table for the coming days of recreational cannabis in Rhode Island. However, year after year, the powers that be at the State’s General Assembly have been firmly opposed to recreational marijuana in the Ocean State, taking a wait and see approach with eyes on neighboring Massachusetts. Now, just days after the State’s application period closed that will likely add six additional dispensaries to the medical program,...

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Cyber Security in a COVID-19 World

A recently published article by the Harvard Law School Forum provides valuable insight to the multiple challenges being faced due to the pandemic. Although businesses have readily discussed the actions to be taken in the event of a pandemic, the scope of challenges faced resulting from the COVID-19 attack is unprecedented. As governing boards have discussed and analyzed the appropriate response to cyber issues, they are ongoing and creating stress from an operational and governance perspective. The most significant change that has occurred during the past nine months is the new normal of remote working that has created a cultural upheaval to the workplace, in addition to placing a strain on the networks that support the activity. Many...

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Recent ADA Decision Likely to Spur Employee Lawsuits

Employers in the four easternmost New England states should be aware of recent case law that may radically impact their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Federal courts in those states are subject to the guidance of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which recently issued a decision in an ADA case that represented a significant departure from the prior decisions of not just every other Circuit Court, but of the First Circuit itself. In Bell v. O’Reilly Auto Enterprises, LLC, the First Circuit addressed a store manager’s claim that his employer denied him a reasonable accommodation. The manager’s doctor provided a return-to-work clearance which stated that, because of the manager’s mental...

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SEC Adopts a New Definition of “Accredited Investor”

On August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted amendments to the definition of “accredited investor.” The amendments permit investors to qualify as accredited investors based upon additional criteria focused on financial sophistication, in addition to the historic tests relating to their income or net worth. The amendments become effective sixty (60) days after publication in the Federal Register. Background The definition of “accredited investor” has always been extremely important because it determines which persons or entities may participate in private (unregistered) offerings of securities. The current federal regulatory rules start with the proposition that any offering of securities must be...

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DOL Solicits Public Comment on Independent Contractor Proposed Rule

On September 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released a proposed regulation addressing when a service provider should be classified as an independent contractor rather than an employee. The change is important to both employers and service providers as each may find it advantageous to characterize service providers as independent contractors rather than part-time, full time or temporary employees. DOL welcomes public comments to the proposed new rules for a thirty (30) day period following publication in the Federal Register or by October 26, 2020. As PLDO Partner William F. Miller explains in his essay, U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Rule on Independent Contractors, the putative employer’s perspective and...

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Attorney Leah A. Foertsch Joins Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara’s Expanding Estate and Trust Practice in Florida

Boca Raton, Florida – August 30, 2019 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announces that Attorney Leah A. Foertsch has joined the firm’s Estate and Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation Team as Senior Counsel. Attorney Foertsch’s appointment adds to the expanding team of estate and trust lawyers located in the firm’s Florida office at Peninsula Plaza, 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 204 in Boca Raton.

“We are delighted to welcome Leah to our team of estate and trust attorneys that serve our growing client base in the Florida market,” said Attorney Bernard,”………..READ MORE

 

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Announces Attorneys Promoted to Partner

Rhode Island – August 22, 2019 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Managing Principal Gary R. Pannone announces the promotions of three attorneys to partner. The lawyers and their practice areas are Rebecca M. Murphy, Estate & Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation, and Kristina M. Hector and Steven W. Raffa, who are both lawyers with the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Special Masterships Teams. “We are pleased to announce the promotions of Rebecca, Kristina and Steve to partner. They exemplify the quality, depth and strength of our talented team of attorneys,”………..READ MORE

 

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Attorneys are Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2020© 

Rhode Island – August 15, 2019 – Pannone Lopes Deveraux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Principals Gary R. Pannone and William E. O’Gara were recently recognized by their peers as Best Lawyers 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in the Providence area for Securities/Capital Markets Law and Litigation – Labor and Employment, respectively. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan location is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”. The award reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among their peers for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity……….READ MORE

 

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara and Citrin Cooperman Expand Cybersecurity Podcast Series and Resource Library for Businesses to Help Reduce the Risk and Cost of Cyber Threats

Rhode Island – June 24, 2019 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) and Citrin Cooperman, a full-service assurance, tax and business advisory firm, announce the expansion of their original series of cybersecurity podcasts, “Cyber Crooks and Crime,” with two new episodes on best practice tools and techniques to help businesses reduce the risk of data breaches and proactively protect and secure their digital environments against cyberattacks. The podcast interviews feature PLDO Partner………READ MORE

 

PLDO Partner and Prominent Estate & Trust Lawyer Gene M. Carlino Spearheads a Leadership Panel for a NAELA Webinar on “The Top Ten Tax Topics” for Elder Law Practitioner

Rhode Island – June 18, 2019 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Gene M. Carlino, a prominent estate and trust attorney, will be a featured presenter on a leadership panel of speakers for a National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) webinar on “The Top Ten Tax Topics an Elder Law Practitioner Should Be Aware Of.” The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m………READ MORE

 

PLDO Partner and Prominent Estate & Trust Lawyer Gene M. Carlino to be a Featured Speaker at an NBI Seminar on “Wills and Trusts 101”

Rhode Island – June 18, 2019 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Gene M. Carlino, a prominent estate and trust attorney, will be a featured speaker at a National Business Institute (NBI) two-day seminar on “Wills and Trusts 101” on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 and Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport/Warwick, 1 Thurber Street in Warwick. Attorney Carlino will lead three consecutive workshops on June 26, beginning at 1:45 p.m. until 4:30 p.m………READ MORE

 

PLDO Attorney Bruce H. Tobey is a Featured Speaker at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Worldwide “Pipelines 2019 Conference”

Rhode Island — June 17, 2019 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Of Counsel Bruce H. Tobey, a leading authority on water law and utility infrastructure technologies, is a featured speaker at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE), Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute’s (UESI) Pipelines 2019 Conference in Nashville, TN from July 21, 2019 through July 24, 2019. Attorney Tobey’s seminar panel will address the “Life Cycle Cost Analysis For Decision Making In Collection System Rehabilitation” on Thursday, July 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m………READ MORE

 

PLDO Partner and Prominent Estate & Trust Lawyer Gene M. Carlino to be a Featured Speaker at an NBI Seminar on “Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid”

Rhode Island — May 28, 2019 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Gene M. Carlino, a prominent estate and trust attorney, will be a featured speaker at a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on “Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid” on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport, 2081 Post Road in Warwick………READ MORE

 

PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber to Lead an Employment Law Workshop on “Best Practices for Workers’ Compensation Claims”

Rhode Island — May 7, 2019 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment law attorney and litigator, will lead a workshop discussion on “Best Practices for Workers’ Compensation Claims” on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the law firm’s Rhode Island office, Northwoods Office Park, 1301 Atwood Ave., Suite 215 N in Johnston. Attorney Reeber will be joined by Nichole Magnifico, CPCU, Vice President at Claim Strategies at Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. and PLDO Associate Meagan L. Thomson……..READ MORE

 

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara and Citrin Cooperman Team Up to Champion Cybersecurity Awareness for Businesses with Original Series of Informational Podcasts

Rhode Island — May 7, 2019 — Cyberattacks are on the rise, with industries and organizations reporting rampant increases in phishing or business email compromise and a majority of Americans having personally experienced a major data breach. To address the heavy risk and cost of a breach in a company’s operations, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) and tax, audit, and business consulting……..READ MORE

 

PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber to Address the “Liability Risks of Using Software Algorithms in the Hiring Process” at URI’s Labor and Employment Law Conference

Rhode Island — April 23, 2019 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment law attorney and litigator, will be a featured panelist at the University of Rhode Island Schmidt Labor Research Center’s Thirty-Second Annual Labor And Employment Law Conference on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will be held at the W. Alton Jones Campus……..READ MORE

 

PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber is a Featured Speaker on Employment Law Issues at the RIALA Conference & EXPO

Rhode Island — April 17, 2019 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment law attorney and litigator, will be a featured speaker at the Rhode Island Assisted Living Association (RIALA) Conference & EXPO on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick. Attorney Reeber……..READ MORE

 

PLDO Prominent Estate & Trust Attorney Bernard A. Jackvony to be a Featured Speaker at NBI’s “The Probate Process from Start to Finish” Seminar

Rhode Island — April 10, 2019 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Of Counsel Bernard A. Jackvony, a prominent estate and trust attorney in Rhode Island and Florida, will be a featured speaker at a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on “The Probate Process from Start to Finish” on Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport/Warwick, 1 Thurber Street in Warwick……..READ MORE

 

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux to Explore “Big Tech and Big Tobacco: Is History Repeating Itself?” at RI Cybersecurity Exchange Day at Salve University

Rhode Island — February 28, 2019 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a prominent business litigator and employment attorney who is a national voice on social and digital media law, will present “Big Tech and Big Tobacco: Is History Repeating Itself?” at Rhode Island Cybersecurity Exchange Day on Wednesday, March 13. The free event is sponsored by Salve Regina University’s Pell Center and the Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network (OSHEAN) and will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University’s O’Hare Academic Building……READ MORE

 

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Estate & Trust Attorneys Publish Advisory on the Importance of Establishing Domicile in Estate Planning

Rhode Island — January 31, 2019 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) estate and trust attorneys Gene M. Carlino and Jason S. Palmisano today release an advisory on Why Your Domicile Is A Key Factor In Estate Planning to address the critical importance of an individual’s need to have properly established legal domicile (the state in which you are physically present with the intent to stay in that state indefinitely) for the purposes of…..READ MORE

 

PLDO Partner and Prominent Estate & Trust Lawyer Gene M. Carlino to be a Featured Speaker at an NBI Seminar on “Estate Planning: Top 8 Tools to Know”

Rhode Island — January 15, 2019 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Gene M. Carlino, a prominent estate and trust attorney, will be a featured speaker at a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on “Estate Planning: Top 8 Tools to Know” on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, 5 Avenue of the Arts in Providence…..READ MORE

 

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Announces New Attorney Hires

Rhode Island — January 4, 2019 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announces the appointments of two new associates, Joshua J. Butera and Meagan L. Thomson. Attorney Butera joins the business and municipal law teams and Attorney Thomson joins the firm’s team of litigators….READ MORE

Archives 2018

PLDO Attorney Bruce H. Tobey Publishes Scholarly Work on the Opportunities Public-Private Partnerships Present for Water Utilities Projects in National Journal

Rhode Island — December 12, 2018 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Of Counsel Bruce H. Tobey, a leading authority on water law and public-private partnerships, has published a scholarly article with co-author Sean McGinnis, VP at COEFFICIENT Group, entitled P3s and the Water–Energy Nexus: Opportunities for Water Sector Energy Projects that is available in the December issue of the American Water Works Association Journal….READ MORE

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Expands Estate & Trust Team in Florida

Rhode Island — December 3, 2018 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announces that Attorney Jason S. Palmisano has joined the firm’s Estate and Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation Team as Senior Counsel. Attorney Palmisano is located in the firm’s Florida office at Peninsula Plaza, 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 204 in Boca Raton…READ MORE

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux to Address “Social Media Trends and Issues for Government Officials” at a RI Bar Government Lawyers Committee Seminar

Rhode Island — November 30, 2018 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a prominent business litigator and employment attorney who is a national voice on social and digital media law, will lead a discussion on the current trends and issues of social media use by elected officials and municipal employees at a seminar…READ MORE

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Named a “Best Law Firm” in Rhode Island in Multiple Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for 2019

Rhode Island — November 1, 2018 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announces that it has been named to the 2019 “Best Law Firms” in America list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for Rhode Island in 14 practice areas. Firms named to the “Best Law Firm” rankings are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers…READ MORE

PLDO Employment Lawyers and Litigators to be Featured Speakers at the 2018 Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

Rhode Island — October 26, 2018 — Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) employment lawyers and litigators will be featured speakers at the 2018 Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference on November 1-2, 2018. PLDO Principal William E. O’Gara and Partner Matthew C. Reeber will present the topic “Sexual Harassment: Workers’ Compensation Claims and Alternative Causes of Action” on Thursday, November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m…READ MORE

PLDO Attorneys Named 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Rhode Island

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) is pleased to announce that several attorneys have been named to the 2018 Rhode Island Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer review rating service of each state’s attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their practices. No more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list… READ MORE

PLDO Partner and Prominent Estate & Trust Lawyer Gene M. Carlino to be a Featured Speaker at an NBI Seminar on “Medicaid Lookback Rules and Planning”

October 16, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Gene M. Carlino, a prominent estate and trust attorney, will be a featured speaker at a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on “Medicaid Lookback Rules and Planning” on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick. Attorney Carlino will lead two afternoon workshops… READ MORE

PLDO Partner Kas R. DeCarvalho to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Rhode Island Black Business Association’s 7th Annual Awards Gala

September 25, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner and prominent business attorney Kas R. DeCarvalho will deliver keynote remarks at the 2018 Rhode Island Black Business Association’s 7th Annual Awards Gala on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI. This year’s theme is “Power of Inclusion – Maximize Success.” The event honors small business owners, local leaders and volunteers… READ MORE

PLDO Joins Compass IT Compliance for the 2018 Cybersecurity Symposium Featuring National and Local Cyber Security Experts and U.S. Congressman James Langevin

September 21, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a national authority on social and digital media law, and Senior Counsel Joel K. Goloskie, who provides privacy and security counsel to a range of privately-held and publicly-traded companies, will be featured speakers at the 2018 Cybersecurity Symposium, hosted by Compass IT Compliance, on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Meehan Overlook in North Providence… READ MORE

PLDO Principal William E. O’Gara is a Featured Speaker at a Workplace Violence Awareness Seminar, “What Would You Do?”

September 17, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Principal William E. O’Gara, a prominent employment law attorney, litigator and mediator, will be a featured speaker at a workplace violence awareness seminar, “What Would You DO?,” scheduled for Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick. The seminar aims to educate and provide guidance to organizations to be better prepared in the face of a workplace violence emergency… READ MORE

PLDO Attorney Samantha M. Vasques to Present Employment Law Workshops on “Dealing With Problem Employees: A Legal Response Guide”

September 17, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Attorney Samantha M. Vasques will lead two employment law workshops during a day-long National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on “Dealing With Problem Employees: A Legal Response Guide” on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport/Warwick, 1 Thurber Street in Warwick. Attorney Vasques will address the topic “When the Problem Employee is a Member of a Protected Class” from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., which will be immediately followed by a… READ MORE

PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber To Be a Featured Presenter at a Seminar on “Local Government Law: What Attorneys Need to Know”

September 17, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment law attorney, will lead two workshops during a day-long National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on “Local Government Law: What Attorneys Need to Know” on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick. Attorney Reeber’s morning workshop is scheduled from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and will cover new developments in employment law… READ MORE

PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber Releases a White Paper on the Expanding Gig Economy and How it is Reshaping the Employer-Employee Relationship

September 17, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment law attorney, examines the changing landscape of the employer-employee relationship in a recently released white paper, Rights of Workers in the Burgeoning Gig Economy. The paper reports on the inherent friction with laws between gig economy workers and employees who work traditional 40-hour weeks for a clearly defined employer….READ MORE

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux to be a Featured Panelist at RI Society of Human Resource Management’s Fall Legislative Breakfast

September 5, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a prominent business litigator and employment attorney who is a national voice on social and digital media law, will be a featured panelist at the Rhode Island Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Fall Legislative Breakfast on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to Noon at the Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick…READ MORE

Pannone Lopes Devereaux and O’Gara Attorneys are Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in Metropolitan/Providence Area

August 15, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Principals Gary R. Pannone and William P. Devereaux were recently recognized by their peers as Best Lawyers® 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in the Metropolitan/Providence area in their practice areas of Corporate Governance Law and Criminal Defense: General Practice, respectively…READ MORE

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux Joins Cybersecurity Experts to Present “Defend Your Business Against Social Media Cyber Threats” Webinar

August 13, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a prominent business litigator and employment attorney who is a national voice on social and digital media law, will join cybersecurity experts from Compass IT Compliance LLC to present a webinar entitled, “Defend Your Business Against Social Media Cyber Threats,” on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 2 p.m. (ET)…READ MORE

PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber will Lead an NBI Employment Law Teleconference on “Weed at Work: Your Top Questions Answered”

July 20, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment law attorney, will lead a teleconference discussion on the topic of “Weed at Work: Your Top Questions Answered,” hosted by the National Business Institute (NBI) on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ET). Attorney Reeber will provide a national review and status report of medical marijuana laws and regulations in the workplace and share his knowledge and insight on topics such as…READ MORE

PLDO Attorney Joel K. Goloskie Joins Panel on “GDPR – Know Your Responsibilities” to Help Businesses Comply with the European Union’s New General Data Protection Regulation

June 25, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) business and cyber law attorney Joel K. Goloskie will join cybersecurity experts from Compass IT Compliance LLC as a panelist for a webinar entitled “GDPR – Know Your Responsibilities” on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. (ET). The webinar will help business owners protect their organizations against violating the European Union’s (EU) far-reaching new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and incurring hefty fines. The EU GDPR has significant impacts on businesses across all industries, regardless of whether an organization is in the EU or the US… READ MORE

PLDO Prominent Estate & Trust Attorneys Gene M. Carlino and Bernard A. Jackvony To Be Featured Speakers at NBI’s “Top Challenges in Estate Administration” Seminar

June 13, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Gene M. Carlino and Bernard A. Jackvony, Of Counsel, both prominent estate and trust attorneys, will be featured speakers at a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on “Top Challenges in Estate Administration” on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26 and 27, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick… READ MORE

PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber is a Featured Speaker at the RI Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s 2018 Summer Breakfast Meeting

June 12, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment law attorney and litigator, will be a featured speaker at The Greater RI Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s 2018 Summer Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Radisson Airport Hotel, 2081 Post Road in Warwick. Attorney Reeber will address the dynamics and significance of a “gig economy” and how temporary and project-base work is changing labor and employment law standards… READ MORE

Attorney Angelyne E. Cooper Joins Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara’s ADR and Special Masterships Team as Senior Counsel

May 18, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Managing Principal Gary R. Pannone announced today that Angelyne E. Cooper has joined the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Special Masterships Teams as Senior Counsel. Attorney Cooper is a Commissioner for the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights and former Legal Counsel and State Level Equal Opportunity Officer for the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training… READ MORE

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux will be a Panelist at the RI League of Cities and Towns Workshop on Digital and Social Media Law for Municipalities

May 7, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a prominent business litigator and employment attorney who is a national voice on social and digital media law, will serve as a panelist at the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns “Social Media Training Session” on Wednesday, May 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust, 501 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence… READ MORE

PLDO Employment Law Attorneys William E. O’Gara and Matthew C. Reeber are Featured Speakers at the RIALA Conference & EXPO

May 1, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) employment law attorneys and litigators, William E. O’Gara and Matthew C. Reeber, will be featured speakers at the Rhode Island Assisted Living Association (RIALA) Conference & EXPO on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick. Attorneys O’Gara and Reeber will lead a workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. on Rhode Island’s new mandatory Paid Time Off (PTO) law that becomes effective on July 1, 2018… READ MORE

PLDO Partner Benjamin L. Rackliffe to Lead Workshops on “Marijuana Business Law in Rhode Island”

April 27, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Benjamin L. Rackliffe, a prominent business and corporate attorney, will be a featured speaker for two workshops during a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on “Marijuana Law in Rhode Island” on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick… READ MORE

PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber is a Featured Panelist at the 31St Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference at URI

April 20, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment law attorney and litigator, will be a featured panelist at the 31st Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich. The conference is sponsored by the university’s Charles T. Schmidt, Jr. Labor Research Center… READ MORE

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara and Starkweather & Shepley Team Up to Help Organizations Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

April 9, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) and Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. (S&S) are teaming up to help organizations better address, prevent and manage workplace sexual harassment. In collaboration, PLDO’s Employment Law Team and S&S, have scheduled a free seminar, entitled “Sexual Harassment: Learn What You Should Know for Your Business in the #MeToo Era,” for Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom in Warwick, RI… READ MORE

PLDO Announces the Promotion of Rebecca M. Murphy to Senior Associate Attorney in the Estate & Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation Team

March 30, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Managing Principal Gary R. Pannone announced today that Rebecca M. Murphy has been promoted to Senior Associate. Attorney Murphy is a member of the firm’s Estate and Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation Team. Her practice includes advising and representing fiduciaries, as well as trust and estate beneficiaries… READ MORE

Attorney LaTri-c-ea McClendon-Hunt Joins Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara’s ADR and Special Masterships Team as Associate

March 23, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Managing Principal Gary R. Pannone announced today that LaTri-c-ea McClendon-Hunt has joined the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Special Masterships teams as Associate. Attorney McClendon-Hunt is a former attorney with Rhode Island Legal Services where she represented hundreds of victims of domestic violence and provided counsel and guidance to indigent populations in a wide range of areas… READ MORE

PLDO Prominent Estate & Trust Attorneys Gene M. Carlino and Bernard A. Jackvony are Featured Speakers at NBI “Estate Planning from A to Z” Seminar

March 14, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Gene M. Carlino and Bernard A. Jackvony, Of Counsel, who are both prominent estate and trust attorneys, will be featured speakers at a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on “Estate Planning from A to Z” on Monday, and Tuesday, March 19 and 20, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport/Warwick, 1 Thurber Street in Warwick… READ MORE

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux to Address Warwick Elementary School PTO on “Cyberbullying and Online Safety”

March 1, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a prominent business litigator and employment attorney who is a national voice on social and digital media law, will lead a discussion with parents and teachers at a Warwick elementary school to help raise awareness of the harmful consequences of cyberbullying and social media use by children without vigilant oversight by adults… READ MORE

PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber to Address “Preventing & Responding to Sexual Harassment” at RIALA Education Program

February 21, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment law attorney and litigator, will be a featured speaker at a Rhode Island Assisted Living Association (RIALA) training workshop on “Preventing & Responding to Sexual Harassment” on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Sargent Rehabilitation Center, 800 Quaker Lane in East Greenwich… READ MORE

PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber is a Featured Speaker at Providence Business News “Workforce Development Summit”

February 13, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment law attorney and litigator, will be a featured speaker at the Providence Business News “2018 Workforce Development Summit” on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Attorney Reeber will provide insight into evolving employment laws under the new Trump administration… READ MORE

PLDO Attorney Bruce H. Tobey To Be a Featured Speaker at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies 2018 Winter Conference

January 17, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Of Counsel Bruce H. Tobey, a leading water law authority and nationally recognized as a legal advisor on alternative project delivery models, will be a featured speaker at the 2018 Winter Conference of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), “Exploring Net Environmental Benefit: Balancing Science & Cost,” from February 6-9, 2018 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel in Napa, CA… READ MORE

PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux to be a Featured Panelist on “Social Media Use by Municipalities: Developing and Enforcing Policies for Public Employees and Officials”

January 16, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a prominent business litigator and employment attorney who is a national authority on social and digital media law, will participate in a live webinar on “Social Media Use by Municipalities: Developing and Enforcing Policies for Public Employees and Officials” on Wednesday, February 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST. The webcast is hosted by Strafford Publications and will address a wide range of legal issues that arise for municipal governments, officials and employees using social media… READ MORE

PLDO Principal and Employment Attorney William E. O’Gara to Lead Seminar on “Harassment in the Workplace” at RI Interlocal Risk Management Trust Annual Meeting

January 15, 2018

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Principal William E. O’Gara, a prominent employment law attorney, litigator and mediator, will be a featured speaker at the 31st Annual Dinner Meeting of the Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust (RIIRMT) on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. Attorney O’Gara will lead a seminar on “Harassment in the Workplace” at 4:30 p.m., which will be followed by a reception and dinner meeting… READ MORE