Providence



Our attorneys in Providence are paving the way for businesses and nonprofits to innovate, grow and succeed.

The Providence office provides the full gamut of legal services—with an emphasis on employment, litigation, privacy and corporate services—to a burgeoning services sector focused on health care, real estate development, financial services, insurance and education. We also represent traditional manufacturing companies as well as those innovating in the areas of information, energy and life sciences.

The labor and employment team advises clients on current law while following demographic trends that require clients to be prepared for the workforce of tomorrow. Our health care group focuses on traditional providers and emerging for- and nonprofit health care delivery companies and services. We have a formidable team of litigators who handle a full range of matters, including contract, employment, construction and real estate matters throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

We are Rhode Islanders—committed to supporting Rhode Island businesses and strengthening our communities through extensive donation of our time and talent to a variety of organizations that advance health, education, social causes and the arts.

A new lawyer’s field guide to success

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 29, 2018

Senior lateral attorney recruiting manager Jenna Ichiba is quoted in this article offering advice to attorneys on how to prepare an effective résumé and which factors are most important to firms in the hiring process.

Leaving a Trace at Work With Your Biometric Data

Providence Business News | May 24, 2018

Providence commercial litigation partner-elect Steven Richard wrote this column on how biometric data are replacing time cards and passwords as ways for employers to monitor their employees’ activities on the clock.

Buffalo-area immigration lawyers see range of issues stemming from Washington

Buffalo Business First | May 19, 2018

Providence corporate counsel Courtney New is quoted in this article asking business immigration practitioners about the top issues facing their clients as the federal government has clamped down on U.S. companies attempting to hire foreign workers.

5 tips for parental leave policies that minimize legal risk

Law360 | May 11, 2018

Providence labor and employment partner Stacie Collier is quoted in this article about how employers can ensure their parental leave policies are fair, equitable and lawful.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | May 07, 2018

In this roundup of promotions to partner and firm management positions, 14 attorneys from Nixon Peabody are highlighted. The 11 attorneys promoted to partner are Ellie Altshuler, Mark Beaudoin, Erik Birkeneder, Hannah Bornstein, Chris Browning, Barry Carrigan, Keri McWilliams, Matt Mullen, Steven Richard, Charles Tamuleviz and Alison Torbitt. In addition, Kenneth C. Lind was promoted to leader of the firms’ public finance practice group, Justin Thompson was promoted to office managing partner in LA, and Aaron Yowell was promoted to chief innovation officer.

How RI employers can assist in combating opioid crisis

Providence Business News | April 13, 2018

This article on how employers can help curb opioid-related deaths in Rhode Island was co-written by Business and Finance Department Chair Steve Zubiago, Providence health care partner Chris Browning and associate Mike Gorfinkle.

M&A Drives Health Systems' EHR Consolidation

Modern Healthcare | April 03, 2018

Providence health care partner Chris Browning is quoted in this article on the advantages for hospitals that move to a single shared electronic health records platform.

Rhode Island Maternity Leave: Everything Expectant Parents Need to Know About the State's Paid Leave Laws

Working Mother | January 11, 2018

Providence labor and employment partner Stacie Collier is quoted in this article about whether an employee on parental leave can collect Rhode Island’s temporary caregiver insurance and a partial salary from an employer.

Marijuana and the workplace

Providence Business News | November 24, 2017

Providence labor and employment partner and office managing partner Andrew Prescott analyzes the workplace impact of the legalization of marijuana in all six New England states.

Revisiting Title IX process could benefit all lawyers say

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | October 05, 2017

Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard provides commentary in this article about the Trump administration’s Title IX guidance document.

Unaffiliated student can’t bring Title IX damages suit vs. Brown

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | September 14, 2017

Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard is quoted in this article for representing Providence College in a Title IX lawsuit.

First-half muni issuance was down in the Northeast

The Bond Buyer | August 18, 2017

This coverage notes Nixon Peabody’s jump from ninth to fourth place in Thomson Reuters’ list of top bond counsel for Northeast bond issuance for the first half of 2017.

'Ambush' Election Rule Under Fire

Human Resource Executive Online | July 31, 2017

The article focuses on the Workforce Fairness and Democracy Act.  Providence labor and employment partner Andrew Prescott discusses the act’s potential to eliminate the ambush election rule.

10th Circuit rules university is not liable in alleged rape case

Rochester Business Journal | July 28, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk and Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard contributed this column about a Title IX lawsuit in which the plaintiff alleged deliberate indifference to her complaint by the university.

What businesses need to know about the Internet of things

WJAR-TV (Providence NBC affiliate) | July 13, 2017

Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard is interviewed in this television segment about what steps companies can take to better secure their data and be less vulnerable to hacking.

Is your business ready for the Internet of Things?

Providence Business News | June 23, 2017

Providence commercial litigation counsel Steve Richard contributed this article on how businesses can leverage the Internet of Things.

Medical marijuana decision seen as complicating life for employers

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | June 01, 2017

Providence labor and employment partner Andrew Prescott provides commentary in this article about Rhode Island’s Hawkins-Slater Medical Marijuana Act, which bars employers from refusing to hire someone if he or she uses medical marijuana.

A look at Trump's Labor Department

HR Executive Online | May 15, 2017

Providence labor and employment partner Andrew Prescott is quoted in this article about the new Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and how he may impact the Labor Department rules and policies.

Employers take care—it’s May Day

HRE Daily | May 01, 2017

Providence labor and employment partner Andrew Prescott is mentioned in this article about employees’ rights around International Workers Day demonstrations.

California court denies employer’s request to unmask author of anonymous post

SHRM | March 28, 2017

Providence commercial litigation counsel Steve Richard contributed this article about a company’s efforts to remove a former employee’s anonymous online post which the company believed revealed company trade secrets.

No individual liability under FEPA Supreme Court rules

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | March 23, 2017

Providence labor and employment associate Jessica Jewell is quoted in this article discussing individual liability under Fair Employment Practice Agencies and the Rhode Island Civil Rights Act, in light of the decision in Mancini vs. City of Providence.

Cyberthreats looming

Providence Business News | March 17, 2017

Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard authored this column about the types of evolving cyber threats facing businesses and consumers.

People on the Move

Boston Business Journal | January 19, 2017

The arrival of new Providence M&A and corporate transactions partner Adam Gwaltney is featured in this roundup of business movers and shakers.

People Movers

Mergers & Acquisitions | January 19, 2017

The arrival of Providence M&A and corporate transactions partner Adam Gwaltney is featured in this roundup of people on the move.

Southwest worker says reporting affair brought retaliation

Bloomberg Daily Labor Report | December 28, 2016

Providence labor and employment partner Neal McNamara is noted as representing Southwest in this article about recent developments in a lawsuit filed by a Southwest employee claiming that she was subjected to retaliation and a hostile work environment after she complained about her husband’s affair with her supervisor.

Trumping Obama's employment law legacy

Law360 | November 16, 2016

Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum and associate Traci Bernard-Marks contributed this article about anticipated changes in labor and employment law by President-elect Trump and Republicans in Congress.

Here's how labor and employment might change under Trump

Fast Company | November 11, 2016

Providence Labor & Employment partner and office managing partner Andrew Prescott is quoted discussing how President-elect Trump may reshape the National Labor Relations Board and the ways it could affect employers.

5 employer lessons from NLRB's Chipotle decision

Law360 | October 19, 2016

Providence office managing partner and Labor & Employment partner Andrew B. Prescott, and Labor & Employment associate Jessica Jewell, guest authored this column about important guidance for employers in light of the National Labor Relation Board’s recent decision regarding several Chipotle employment policies.

FOIA Decision Analyzes Public v. Privacy Interests

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | October 04, 2016

This story notes a federal judge’s order in the Freedom of Information Act case requiring the government to release redacted medical records entered as evidence at a doctor’s trial—a win for Rhode Island journalist Philip Eil. Providence Labor & Employment partner Neal McNamara and associate Jessica Jewell are quoted in the piece as Eil’s pro bono counsel on behalf of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

‘Big' Relative Term in Legal Market Where Midsized Players Rule

Providence Business News | August 05, 2016

Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott is quoted throughout this article discussing the Rhode Island legal market.

Why a Judge Dismissed Cannava From SEC's 38 Studios Case

The Bond Buyer | August 05, 2016

This coverage notes Nixon Peabody’s recent win on behalf of client Peter Cannava, involving SEC claims related to a bond offer involving former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling. Boston partners Brian Kelly and Steve LaRose, Providence counsel Charles Tamuleviz and Boston associate Kathleen Ceglarski Burns are listed as the litigation team, and Brian Kelly is quoted.

Career Tracker: Lawyers on the move

Reuters Legal | July 20, 2016

This coverage notes that Los Angeles health care partner Jill Gordon has been elected to the firm’s management committee, and that M&A and corporate transactions partner Tom Gaynor has been tapped as the San Francisco office managing partner.

A Quick Word with…Armando Batastini

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | July 18, 2016

Providence commercial litigation partner Armando Batastini is profiled in this feature article as the new Rhode Island Bar Association president. The story notes his goals to enhance pro bono and online lawyer referrals, in addition to other hopes for his term.

People on the Move in R.I.

Providence Journal | July 07, 2016

This coverage notes that Providence commercial litigation partner Armando Batastini has been elected president of the Rhode Island Bar Association.

Ransomware is Rampant & Your Risk Analysis Might Save You

Health Information Compliance Alert | June 01, 2016

Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard is quoted in this article focused on the results of a new study highlighting a new trend toward specialized data breach insurance policies.

Investor filed only one state tax return in past 25 years

The Boston Globe | May 17, 2016

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Chuck Tamuleviz, a former federal prosecutor, is quoted in this article about a real estate investor, developer and contractor’s failure to file taxes.

5 Surprising Things You Should Know About Generation Z

Inc. Magazine | May 13, 2016

Labor & Employment practice group co-leader Stacie Collier and Chicago associate Laura Bacon provide commentary throughout this piece discussing how Generation Z is impacting business.

Evening The Score: A New Wave Of Equal Pay Act Claims

Law360 | May 03, 2016

Partner and Labor & Employment practice group co-leader Stacie Collier and Labor & Employment associate Steven Nevolis authored this column discussing claims by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team alleging that members of the Women’s Team are unlawfully compensated at a much lower rate than their male counterparts, members of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. The article looks at the case itself, the increasing attention that the gender pay gap is receiving and what it means for employers.

ACLU prepared to defend Warwick media outlets threatened with lawsuit over posting public report

Providence Business News | March 30, 2016

This piece notes that the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island will represent two local media outlets if they are sued for writing about how local school administrators handled accusations of sexual misconduct by a teacher. Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara and associate William Wynne are mentioned as ACLU volunteers who will represent the media if the lawsuit moves forward.

VW ‘clean diesel' suit sent back to state court

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | March 24, 2016

Commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard is quoted throughout this article about how two Providence lawyers paved the way for plaintiffs’ attorneys across the country to keep consumer lawsuits relating to the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal in state court and out of federal multidistrict litigation in California, by suing local dealerships rather than the manufacturer.

Q&A: Phil Eil on His Battle to Get Evidence from a 2011 Drug Trial

Rhode Island Public Radio | March 14, 2016

Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara and Providence Labor & Employment associate Jessica Jewell are mentioned in this radio show Q&A for their pro bono work in filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island on behalf of a local journalist.

Should Apple Release its Data to the FBI?

WJAR-TV (Providence NBC affiliate) | February 26, 2016

Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard is interviewed in a segment about the battle between Apple and the FBI about the potential access to user data.

Cyber Resolutions for 2016

Providence Business News | February 08, 2016

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard authored this column discussing steps organizations can take to promote a data secure environment.

Shaq Must Defend Lawsuit After Posting Insulting Tweet

Bloomberg BNA Social Media Law & Policy Report | January 20, 2016

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard is quoted in this article about how the right of publicity affects social media use.

Five Questions With…

Providence Business News | December 22, 2015

Health Care partner and chair of the firms' Business & Finance department Steve Zubiago is featured in this profile. Steve addresses the changing health care landscape and working with clients to maximize their opportunities.

Why Is the DEA Not Cooperating with This FOIA Request?

Esquire | December 02, 2015

A journalist looking to write a book on the former Chicago physician dubbed the “Pill Mill Doctor” is seeking thousands of pages of evidence about the trial from the DEA. Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara and the ACLU are advising the journalist.

Business Lunch: Data Privacy

WJAR-TV | November 19, 2015

In this live, in-studio segment, Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard, a member of our Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team, discusses key data privacy and security issues.

Safe Data Starts at Top

Providence Business News | November 02, 2015

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard, a member of our Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team, authored this column discussing how data security poses a paramount strategic concern and why proactive leadership at the highest organizational levels is required.

Allergies in the Workplace

WJAR-TV (Providence NBC affiliate) | October 29, 2015

Partner and co-leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group Stacie Collier discusses food allergies in the workplace in this live, in-studio interview.

DOL Home Care Wage Rule Part of Larger Pro-Worker Agenda

Law360 | September 08, 2015

Providence Labor & Employment partner Andrew Prescott authored this column discussing the reinstatement of the U.S. Department of Labor's final rule requiring third-party employers of companionship and live-in domestic service workers to comply with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime and minimum-wage requirements.

New Identity Theft Protection Law Receiving Mixed Reviews

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | August 31, 2015

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard is quoted in this article discussing the Identity Theft Protection Act, which governs the steps businesses and other entities must take to prevent the theft of personal information like Social Security and credit card numbers.

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Andrew B. Prescott

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Oliver Fahy

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Phone: 617-345-1355

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NP Profile: Steven Richard

Meet Steven Richard! Complex Commercial Litigation, Providence

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