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.

Q&A on OSHAs upcoming vaccine mandate-What it means for HR

HR Specialist Employment Law | October 01, 2021

This industry newsletter includes the client alert “President Biden orders vaccination mandate for large employers,” co-authored by San Francisco partner Rachel Conn, Rochester partner Kim Harding, and Providence department attorney Shelagh Michaud, all of the Labor & Employment group. The Q&A covers OSHA’s emergency standards, the 100-employee threshold in Biden’s vaccination mandate, and how the rule affects state OSHA plans.

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.

Conditions on affordable housing project vacated

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | September 17, 2021

This article mentions Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard for representing the Rhode Island State Housing Appeals Board (SHAB), following a Superior Court judge’s ruling that concurred with the SHAB’s decision to overturn conditions imposed by the town of Hopkinton when approving a developer’s application. The SHAB had asserted the town’s conditions did not adequately weigh the local need for affordable housing.

What workers and employers should know a week after Biden issued COVID vaccine mandate

The Charlotte Observer | September 16, 2021

This article, which has been syndicated across the country, quotes the client alert “President Biden orders vaccination mandate for large employers” co-authored by San Francisco partner Rachel Conn, Rochester partner Kim Harding, and Providence department attorney Shelagh Michaud, all of the Labor & Employment group. The content covers OSHA emergency standards, the 100-employee threshold in Biden’s vaccination mandate, and how the rule affects state OSHA plans.

Under R.I. equity measure, firms may need wage audit

Providence Business News | August 20, 2021

This article on Rhode Island’s new pay equity law quotes Providence Labor & Employment counsel Jessica Schachter Jewell extensively on what employers can expect under the law and how they can prepare before the law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q2

Law360 | August 18, 2021

This article on notable partner-level promotions during Q2 includes the appointment of Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier to Chief Talent Officer. In addition, NP’s recent appointments to department heads and practice group leaders were included: San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Tony Barron as Litigation Department chair, Boston Private Equity & Investment Funds partner John Beals as Investment Funds practice group leader, Boston Corporate partner Chris Keefe as Business & Finance Department chair, Los Angeles Corporate partner Shahzad Malik as Tax team co-leader, Washington DC Community Development Finance partner Matt Mullen as Community Development Finance practice group leader, and Albany Private Equity partner Todd Tidgewell as Corporate practice group leader.

MRM research roundup: Mid-August 2021 edition

Modern Restaurant Management | August 16, 2021

This state-of-the-restaurant-industry and outlook article includes NP’s Q3 Food & Beverage Crystal Ball, covering trends around labor shortages, ransomware attacks, wildfires, and brewery distribution agreements. The insights were provided by Intellectual Property co-leader and Cybersecurity & Privacy team leader Jason Kravitz and Corporate associate Anthony Bova, both in Boston; Providence Labor & Employment counsel Jessica Schachter Jewell; and San Francisco counsel Ian T. O’Banion, and Albany associate Dana P. Stanton, both of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group

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.

US Chamber backs energy companies in climate suit fight

Law360 | August 02, 2021

This article covers an amicus brief filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Rhode Island’s climate change lawsuit against several energy companies, arguing the lawsuit should proceed in federal court rather than state court. The story mentions NP for the work of San Francisco partner Jenny Kuenster and Providence partner Jeff Brenner, both of the Complex Commercial Disputes group, in representing Shell Oil Company in the case.

Firm's chief talent officer goes 'deep in'

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | July 29, 2021

This Q&A features Chief Talent Officer and Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier discussing how her new role expands on the work she has been doing for several years as Professional Personnel Partner, including attracting and retaining top talent, mentorship, mental health and well-being, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Employer-side lawyers parse pay equity law

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | July 23, 2021

Providence Labor & Employment counsel Jessica Schachter Jewell is quoted throughout this article on what employers can expect under Rhode Island’s new pay equity law, including the importance of looking across all protected classes, potential complicating factors related to the “ comparable work” concept, and wage history prohibition and transparency.

Promotions

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | June 17, 2021

This column of notable attorney news highlights the selection of Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier as NP’s first-ever Chief Talent Officer.

People in the law

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | June 11, 2021

This column of notable attorney news highlights the selection of Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier as NP’s first-ever Chief Talent Officer.

Labor of law

Law.com | May 27, 2021

Stacie’s selection as the firm’s first-ever chief talent officer was also featured in Law.com’s “Labor of Law” column.

Why corporate diversity reports are not good enough

Fortune | May 26, 2021

Stacie’s selection as the firm’s first-ever chief talent officer was also featured in Fortune’s Broadsheet newsletter, “for and about the world’s most powerful women”.

Wake-up call

Bloomberg Law | May 26, 2021

Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier is featured in this article for being appointed as the firm’s first-ever Chief Talent Officer.

Business groups press to reinstate a ‘search for work’ requirement in return for jobless benefits

The Boston Globe | May 18, 2021

Providence Labor & Employment senior counsel Andrew Prescott is quoted in this article on the job-search requirement for people receiving unemployment benefits, noting that reinstating the requirement could help send the right message since unemployment benefits are intended to be a short-term cushion until workers find new employment.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | May 07, 2021

This roundup article of notable Q1 partner-level promotions includes Steve Zubiago’s election to CEO and managing partner; Long Island partner Tara Daub’s and Los Angeles partner Ben Kim’s promotions to Labor & Employment practice group leader and deputy PGL, respectively; and the attorneys from this year’s new partner class.

Business leaders: Get ready for new union-friendly labor policies

Rochester Business Journal | March 19, 2021

Rochester Labor & Employment partner Stephanie Caffera contributed this article highlighting employer considerations related to the Biden administration’s union organization changes. Stephanie developed the article with Providence senior counsel Andrew Prescott and Long Island associate Rose Nankervis, both of the Labor & Employment group.

Hospital ‘offer letter’ found not to be binding contract

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | March 18, 2021

This article covers a recent Massachusetts Superior Court decision in favor of client Lowell General Hospital, finding that a prospective employee could not establish either a breach of contract claim or a promissory estoppel claim. Providence counsel Jessica Jewell and associate Aaron Nadich, both of the Labor & Employment group, are quoted in the article.

RIMA to host virtual manufacturing conference and expo April 13

Providence Business News | March 09, 2021

This article, covering the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association’s annual conference, mentions that NP will host a workshop entitled “Making It Through Changes in Employment, Labor and Workplace Health and Safety Law.“ Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott and San Francisco partner Rachel Conn, both of the Labor &Employment group, will present the session.

US District Court of RI continues operations during pandemic

The Brown Daily Herald | February 18, 2021

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard is quoted in this article on virtual legal proceedings in Rhode Island during the pandemic, noting he has seen a greater degree of collegiality among attorneys and more willingness to work together with opposing counsel.

Wake Up Call

Bloomberg Law | February 17, 2021

This roundup of notable legal industry news and people moves includes Nixon Peabody’s promotion of 12 attorneys to counsel.

Employment – FMLA – Retaliation

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | February 16, 2021

This article covers the First Circuit Court of Appeals’ affirmation of an earlier decision that jeweler Tiffany & Co. had not violated the Family and Medical Leave Act in eliminating a former employee’s position. The article mentions Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier and associate Aaron Nadich, both of Providence, for successfully representing Tiffany.

In win for vehicle insurers, labor rate violations tossed

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | February 12, 2021

This article, covering a Rhode Island Superior Court ruling that vehicle insurers did not violate state requirements in their reporting of auto body shop labor rates to the Department of Business Regulation, mentions Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jeff Brenner for representing 12 of the 17 insurers in the case.

The Changing Legal Landscape in a Time of Pandemic

ConvergenceRI | January 25, 2021

Providence Health Care partner Chris Browning contributed this article identifying the legal trends in a post-pandemic world surrounding health care delivery, transactions, and employment agreements, where rapid policy interventions have altered the prevailing landscape.

R.I. Looks to Expand Workplace Tests

Providence Business News | January 22, 2021

This article covering Rhode Island’s push to double the number of daily COVID-19 tests in the state quotes Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott, of the Labor & Employment group, on a R.I. statute that could potentially restrict employers from requiring tests as a condition of employment.

Rental Struggles, Life Science Boom Marked Boston Real Estate in 2020

Boston Business Journal | December 29, 2020

This article, which discusses office and retail space remaining empty and landlords beginning to sue for rent payment, mentions the formation of NP’s Commercial Lease Disputes practice team in anticipation of a potential wave of cases. Boston Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Matthew Lynch, Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jeff Brenner, and Washington, D.C. Complex Commercial Disputes partner Vernon Johnson co-lead the new practice team.

4 Ways Firms Are Trying to 'Move the Needle' on Diversity

Law360 | December 04, 2020

This article covering a recent Move the Needle Fund town hall highlights NP’s “Mansfield Rule for workflow allocation“ and quotes Professional Personnel Partner and Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier on how our firm is building a more inclusive culture by equalizing access to work opportunities for all lawyers.

Honors

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | November 05, 2020

This roundup of recent honors mentions Providence Complex Commercial Disputes department attorney Justin Smith for being named a Kids in Need of Defense Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, noting that KIND honored the group of attorneys “for their pro bono work in providing legal services to refugee and immigrant children who come to the United States alone in search of safety.”

Burnout signs have risen 33% percent in 2020; here are seven ways to reduce risks

LinkedIn Workforce Insights | October 07, 2020

This article, covering how organizations can reduce burnout risks among employees, cites NP for “bucking the trend” by focusing on advancement and promotion even during these challenging times, and quotes Professional Personnel Partner and Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier on plans for the firm’s 2021 partner class.

Major ruling protects sexual orientation, gender identity

Rochester Business Journal | July 10, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent determination—notably during Pride Month—that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected under federal law. The column was adapted from an NP alert by Rochester partner Stephanie Caffera, Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott, Boston department attorney Aimee Bierman, and Long Island associate Christopher Moro, all of the Labor and Employment group.

Practice makes perfect for Collier at Nixon Peabody

Providence Business News | June 19, 2020

This article profiles Providence Labor & Employment partner and NP professional personnel partner Stacie Collier in connection with being honored as Providence Business Journal’s 2020 Professional Services Industry Leader among the publication’s Business Women Awards.

PBN announces 2020 40 Under Forty winners

Providence Business News | June 12, 2020

This article highlights the publication’s 16th annual “40 Under Forty” award winners, a list that includes Providence Labor and Employment associate Jessica Jewell among the honorees.

Rhode Island High Court Upholds Medical Pot Patient's Firing

Law360 | June 01, 2020

Rhode Island’s high court affirmed that NP client W.B. Mason did not violate employment laws in firing a supply driver who refused a drug test. The article mentions Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott, of the Labor & Employment group, for representing the office supply company.

Ex-Upserve Exec Ordered to Stop Work at Payment Processor

Law360 | April 29, 2020

Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott, partner Neal McNamara, and associate Aaron Nadich, all of the Labor & Employment group, are mentioned for representing restaurant management platform provider Upserve in a breach of contract case against a former executive. The judge in the case this week granted Upserve’s motion for preliminary injunction and barred the former executive from working at his new employer, an Upserve competitor.

PBN announces 2020 Business Women Awards honorees

Providence Business News | April 24, 2020

The publication has named Providence Labor and Employment partner Stacie Collier “Professional Services Industry Leader” as part of PBN’s 2020 Business Women Awards. The article includes a list of this year’s honorees.

Pretext not shown in FMLA retaliation claim vs. jeweler

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | April 23, 2020

This article mentions Providence Labor and Employment partner Stacie Collier for successfully defending jeweler Tiffany & Co. against a former employee’s disability discrimination and FMLA retaliation claims. The judge in the case granted Tiffany’s motion for summary judgment.

Pandemic prompts urgent review of overlooked contractual clause

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | March 26, 2020

Providence Corporate partner Adam Gwaltney weighs in on the implication of force majeure clauses, particularly in cross-border contracts. These boilerplate clauses are becoming a popular topic as businesses consider the possibility they may not be able to fill contractual obligations as a result of coronavirus.

Hold off or proceed?

Inside Higher Ed | March 26, 2020

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard says the lack of a fixed time frame for the completion of Title IX investigations has created uncertainty for colleges and universities during this public health crisis.

Diversity can be challenging for R.I. law firms

Providence Business News | February 28, 2020

This article quotes Providence Office Managing Partner Andrew Prescott and Labor and Employment partner Stacie Collier on the steps Nixon Peabody is taking to increase diversity among attorneys and the changes they have seen in the profession over time.

Bye to Bad Habits: Lawyers share resolutions for 2020

Law360 | January 24, 2020

This article on 2020 New Year’s resolutions from attorneys features Providence Labor and Employment partner and Professional Personnel partner Stacie Collier and Litigation Department Chair Scott O’Connell sharing their goals for the new year.

3 R.I. companies score perfect on LGBTQ-inclusive workplace index

Providence Business News | January 21, 2020

This story highlights Nixon Peabody’s perfect 100 percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index, a measure of LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies developed by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This is the 14th consecutive year NP has earned a perfect score.

Nixon Peabody’s success in creating diversity comes from the top

Providence Business News | December 06, 2019

Managing partner and CEO Andrew Glincher, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu, and Providence Office Managing Partner Andrew Prescott provide commentary in this profile highlighting Nixon Peabody’s diversity and inclusion efforts. At Thursday’s Providence Business News Diversity & Inclusion Summit, NP was honored as the award winner in the Legal Services category.

Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank to sell water bonds

The Bond Buyer | December 02, 2019

This article highlights Nixon Peabody’s role as bond counsel in the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank’s planned sale of $154 million of refunding bonds.

Read fine print on cyberthreat coverage

Providence Business News | September 26, 2019

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard is quoted in this article about how more Rhode Island businesses are purchasing insurance to protect against the fallout from potential data breaches.

First-half volume took a Northeast dip

The Bond Buyer | August 19, 2019

This article mentions Nixon Peabody’s ascension to the No. 2 spot in bond counsel rankings in the Northeast for the first half of the year.

Planning Board to hold special meeting tonight on Wakefield Alzheimer’s facility

The Narragansett Times | August 05, 2019

This article mentions Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jeffrey Brenner, who is representing clients who wish to build an assisted living facility for people with Alzheimer’s in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Ex-CVS exec's move to Amazon pharmacy barred by judge

Law360 | June 18, 2019

This article mentions Providence Labor and Employment partner Neal McNamara for his successful representation of CVS in a suit to enforce a noncompete agreement signed by a former high-level executive who left the company for a similar role with Amazon.

Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank to sell drinking water bonds

The Bond Buyer | June 12, 2019

This article mentions Nixon Peabody as bond counsel for the sale of $42.3 million in fixed-rate safe drinking water bonds.

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.

Law360 reveals 400 largest US firms

Law360 | May 12, 2019

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this article as No. 77 on this year’s Law360 list of the 400 largest U.S. law firms.

Employment—disability—judicial estoppel

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | April 30, 2019

Partner Neal McNamara and associate Aaron Nadich, both of the Labor & Employment practice group in Providence, are mentioned for their successful representation of Honeywell in a disability discrimination suit.

Is a ransomware attack a reportable data breach?

Providence Business News | April 26, 2019

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard authored this column about ransomware attacks and how businesses should respond, including considering whether the ransomware attack is reportable or subject to notification requirements.

Health system consolidation may be holding down healthcare employee wages

Modern Healthcare | April 04, 2019

Providence Health Care partner Chris Browning is quoted in this article analyzing the wages of health care providers amid the increasing number of mergers and acquisitions.

Wells Fargo’s Cannava asks court to end 38 Studios case

Bond Buyer | April 01, 2019

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard are quoted in this story on their representation of a Wells Fargo banker involved in Rhode Island’s bond placement with 38 Studios.

Brown reaches $3.5M deal to close book on ERISA suit

Law360 | March 12, 2019

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steve Richard and San Francisco Labor and Employment counsel Chuck Dyke are mentioned in this article for their representation of Brown University in a matter involving employee retirement savings accounts.

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.

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