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.

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.

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.

Clarifying student due process rights at 6th Circuit

Law360 | September 12, 2018

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard wrote this article analyzing a 6th Circuit court ruling that found a student accused of sexual assault on a college campus was deprived of his due process rights.

Continuing violation doctrine' can defeat Title IX limitations defense

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | September 12, 2018

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard is mentioned in this article for his representation of Brown University in a Title IX case.

ABA calls on firms to pledge to tackle lawyer mental-health and substance-use issues

ABA Journal | September 09, 2018

The following coverage notes Nixon Peabody as one of the first law firms in the country to sign a pledge as part of the American Bar Association’s new health and wellness campaign to reduce substance use and improve mental health in the legal profession.

DOL will listen to employers on upcoming overtime rule

Society for Human Resource Management | September 05, 2018

Providence Labor & Employment associate Aaron Nadich is quoted in this article for his outlook on the possibility of a higher salary threshold for white-collar overtime exemptions.

Federal bar lauds adoption of ‘Kelvey’ depo standards

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | August 15, 2018

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard is quoted in this article about a District Court ruling that affirms the Kelvey rules of conduct for depositions, which are already standard among many attorneys in federal court.

Tips for smooth business sales

Providence Business News | July 19, 2018

Providence Corporate partner Adam Gwaltney wrote this contributed article outlining five areas of focus for a business owner looking to sell in an environment of high valuations.

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.

A new lawyer’s field guide to success

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 28, 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 18, 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 10, 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 06, 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 12, 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 02, 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 10, 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 23, 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 04, 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 13, 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 17, 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 30, 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 27, 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 12, 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 22, 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 | May 31, 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 14, 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 | April 30, 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 27, 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 22, 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 16, 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 18, 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 18, 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 27, 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 15, 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 10, 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.

Location

One Citizens Plaza

Providence, RI 02903-1345

Phone: 401-454-1000

Fax: 401-454-1030

Key Contacts

Andrew B. Prescott

Office Managing Partner

aprescott@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 401-454-1016

Dorothy K. Montgomery

Regional Administrator

dmontgomery@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 516-832-7525

Alexis Swenson

Marketing Contact

aswenson@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 617-345-1035

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