Armando E. Batastini

Armando 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 of all sorts, 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.

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 continuing decline in retail will affect the ability of maturing loans to refinance, particularly given more stringent underwriting and the reset in realty values.

Challenge to inactive RIBA dues mooted

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | June 12, 2019

This article mentions Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Armando Batastini for his representation of the Rhode Island Bar Association in a hearing before the state Supreme Court on whether inactive attorneys should be required to maintain a dues-paying membership with the state bar. The case has been mooted due to RIBA’s approval of a revised dues structure.

Justices deliberate inactive RIBA dues

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | March 07, 2019

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Armando Batastini, a previous president of the Rhode Island Bar Association, is quoted in this article from oral arguments he made before the state Supreme Court regarding fees charged by the Bar to inactive attorneys.

Learn Rhode Island’s usury law

Providence Business News | September 20, 2018

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Armando Batastini wrote this contributed article outlining Rhode Island’s strict law prohibiting usurious loans.

How a South Boston real estate fight could delay new MBTA Red Line cars

The Boston Globe | July 01, 2018

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Armando Batastini is quoted in this article for his representation of a Boston-area family who has sued to stop the planned testing of subway cars on a parcel of land it owns.


Armando E. Batastini



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© 2021 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.

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 a fellow 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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