Armando E. Batastini - Complex Commercial Disputes lawyer - Nixon Peabody LLP

Armando E. Batastini

Armando Batastini is a commercial and real estate litigator and is leader of the Distressed Commercial Debt Litigation team. He represents businesses and owners in a wide variety of contractual, shareholder and commercial realty disputes. He devotes a large portion of his practice to representing holders of commercial debt in all aspects of work-outs, foreclosures, receiverships and guaranty enforcement actions.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on the following areas:

Distressed Commercial Debt

I represent special servicers, balance sheet lenders and purchasers with respect to every aspect of distressed commercial debt, from sale and acquisition to work-out, foreclosure, receivership, and associated guaranty and lender liability litigation. I successfully sought the first federal receiver for CMBS debt in New England and represent holders in federal and state receivership proceedings throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Real Estate Transactions and Litigation

I represent parties in the sale and acquisition of commercial real estate and have broad experience in negotiating commercial leases, including retail, office and industrial. I also represent commercial realty owners in title, boundary, easement, restrictive covenant, adverse possession, partition, and leasing disputes.

Shareholder Disputes

I represent closely held businesses and their owners in ownership, fiduciary, and oppression claims in a variety of industries.

Trust and Estates Disputes

I represent fiduciaries and beneficiaries in complicated trust and estates disputes.

Election Law

Every cycle, I advise and represent candidates before the Rhode Island Board of Elections, Rhode Island Supreme Court, Federal Court for the District of Rhode Island, and First Circuit Court of Appeals with respect to election challenges and other election law issues including ballot access disputes.

What do you see on the horizon?

Inevitable rising interest rates and the persisting decline in retail and office demand will affect the ability of maturing loans to refinance, particularly given more stringent underwriting and the reset in realty values.

Five questions with: Armando Batastini

Providence Business News | September 22, 2021

This feature article covers Complex Commercial Disputes partner Armando Batastini’s selection as office managing partner in Providence, highlighting his commercial real estate litigation practice, important lessons he’s learned in the space, the firm’s the Commercial Lease Disputes team, and key aspects of NP Providence.

People in the law

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | August 13, 2021

This article covering notable executive news highlights Complex Commercial Disputes partner Armando Batastini’s selection as office managing partner in Providence.


Armando E. Batastini

Office Managing Partner, Providence


Phone: 401-454-1015


Phone: 617-345-1116

Fax: 866-680-8453

Roger Williams University, J.D., magna cum laude, class valedictorian

United States Naval Academy, B.S.

Rhode Island


New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Armando was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Commercial Litigation. He was named Best Lawyers® 2021 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Providence, RI. Armando has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2017. He has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 for Litigation: General Commercial (Rhode Island).

Armando has also been recognized continuously since 2011 as a “Rhode Island Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation based on a peer-review survey by Thomson Reuters. Additionally, he has been recognized as a local Litigation Star continuously since 2012 by Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys.

Armando Batastini is past president of the Rhode Island Bar Association; is an active participant in the Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program, Elderly Pro Bono Program and Armed Services Legal Project; and is the Secretary and vice-chairman of the Finance Committee of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. He is also a board member for the Boston/Providence Service Academy Business Network, and a member of the Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island. He is the recipient of the 2008 Rhode Island Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award.

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