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.

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.

Are Private Institution Security Department Records Subject to Disclosure Under Public Records Acts?

Privacy & Security Law Report | August 01, 2015

This column discusses two decisions that demonstrate the competing considerations in determining whether private institutions’ campus security departments equate to public acts subject to public records laws. Mike Cooney, Chris Thomas, Steven Richard and Kacey Houston Walker authored the piece.

Guest Column: Creative Vacation Plans

Providence Business News | July 20, 2015

Providence Labor & Employment associate Jessica Jewell authored this article on creative approaches to traditional vacation policies that employers should consider in an effort to hire and retain top-notch employees.

Batastini named president-elect of R.I. Bar Association

The Valley Breeze & Observer | July 16, 2015

This coverage highlights Providence Commercial Litigation partner Armando Batastini, who has been named president-elect of the Rhode Island Bar Association for 2015-2016.

Commentary: Identity-theft law stronger

Providence Business News | July 06, 2015

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard authored this guest column discussing the Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015.

Attorneys Rally Around High Court's Gay Marriage Decision

Law360 | June 26, 2015

Chicago Labor & Employment partner Yelena Gray and Providence Labor & Employment partner Andrew Prescott are quoted in this article on the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding marriage equality.

Laws Try to Resolve Employer-Employee Social Media Conflicts

Wall Street Journal | May 28, 2015

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard is quoted in this article discussing how state laws on social media are impacting employer-employee relations in the absence of an overarching federal law.

5 Tips for Employers Worried About Worker Substance Abuse

Law360 | May 07, 2015

Providence partner and co-leader of the Labor & Employment practice group Stacie Collier is quoted in this article on important considerations employers should examine when concerned about possible employee substance abuse.

The Pendulum Swings in Two Massachusetts Franchise Cases

The Legal Intelligencer | April 24, 2015

New York City partner and leader of the firm’s Franchise & Distribution practice Craig Tractenberg and Providence Labor & Employment associate Jessica Jewell coauthored this article on two Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decisions which provide valuable lessons for franchise systems with respect to tipping policies.

Social Media Class Notices Gain Traction but Carry Risks

Law360 | April 24, 2015

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard is quoted in this article discussing the use of social media—including LinkedIn and Twitter—for class notices.

Trends and Compliance in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Rochester Business Journal | March 20, 2015

Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge, Rochester Commercial Litigation counsel Kevin Saunders, Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Charles Tamuleviz, and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Emily Sy co-authored this article on trends and compliance in FCPA in light of the DOJ’s increased enforcement efforts.

ACLU Sues for Volkman Trial Info

Portsmouth Daily Times | March 19, 2015

Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara and Providence Labor & Employment associate Jessica Jewell are noted as the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island's counsel in filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on behalf of a local journalist.

Domestic Transaction Test Applied to Private Action under CEA

ABA Pretrial Practice & Discovery | March 02, 2015

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard discusses the Second Circuit decision leaving open the door for governmental enforcement of the Commodities Exchange Act’s antifraud provisions.

Future of FTC Data Security Enforcement Hinges on Forthcoming Wyndham Ruling

Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Data Security Law Resource Center | January 02, 2015

Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman is quoted in this article discussing a matter before the U.S. Court of Appeals which presents an unprecedented opportunity to define the Federal Trade Commission's authority to police the data security practices of U.S. companies.

National Notification Law Unlikely

Law Technology News | December 02, 2014

Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman is noted as a featured panelist and is quoted in this article recapping the ALM Cybersecurity and Data Protection Legal Summit.

Walgreen Case Opens Door for State Law HIPAA Claims

Law360 | November 25, 2014

Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman authored this piece discussing new openings for state law claims of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations against covered entities and business associates.

Out of the Closet and Into the Courts

Law360 | November 03, 2014

Providence Commercial Litigation associate Britt Killian authored this column noting that while circuit court decisions do not yet establish a clear privacy right in one’s sexual orientation, they do suggest such a right is emerging.

Health Services Council OKs Transfer of R.I. Home Care Provider to CVS Health Corp.

Providence Journal | October 28, 2014

Providence Health Care partner Steve Zubiago is quoted in this article on the Health Services Council's approval of the sale of infusion drug company Coram LLC, a unit of NP client Apria Healthcare, to CVS Health.

Use Social Media for Legal Service Only as a Last Resort

Law360 | October 27, 2014

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steve Richard and associate Britt Killian authored this column discussing when there is the possibility of being served via social media.

Lawmakers Remove Barrier to Medical Tourism

Providence Business News | October 13, 2014

Providence Health Care associate Chris Browning authored this column discussing the Rhode Island Access to Medical Technology Innovation Act.

Take Extra Steps When Social Media Page Is Evidence

Law360 | October 10, 2014

Partner and Commercial Litigation practice group co-leader Jon Sablone, Providence counsel Steven Richard and Rochester associate Kevin Saunders authored this column discussing the foundational prerequisites to authenticate and admit website evidence that must be developed before presentation at trial.

Is Anyone Really 'HIPAA Compliant' in Healthcare?

Forbes | September 29, 2014

Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection team Linn Freedman provides commentary in this column on understanding and adhering to HIPAA across the entire digital health ecosystem.

Courts Weigh Scope of Attorney-Client Privilege

Providence Business News | September 29, 2014

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard authored this column discussing the protection of the attorney-client privilege in internal investigations.

Unmasking and Suing the Anonymous Social Media Speaker

Law360 | September 19, 2014

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard authored this column discussing the issue of a social media user’s anonymity.

NLRB Considering New Standards for Joint-Employer Status

Compliance Week | September 03, 2014

Providence Labor & Employment partner Andrew Prescott and New York City partner and leader of the firm’s Franchising & Distribution practice Craig Tractenberg provide commentary on possible new standards from the National Labor Relations Board regarding two separate employers deemed as “joint employers.”

Assessing the Financial Impact of 4.5 Million Stolen Health Records

Forbes | August 25, 2014

This column discusses the impact of Community Health System’s data breach. Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security team Linn Freedman acts as a third-party source.

CHS Starts Notification Process Following Huge Breach

Health Data Management | August 19, 2014

Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman provides third-party commentary on Community Health Systems’ data breach of protected health information.

Employment bar deconstructs new social media privacy law

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | August 04, 2014

Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman discusses the Employee Social Media Privacy Act signed into law by Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

Directors to Watch 2014

Directors & Boards | August 01, 2014

Partner Linn Freedman, member of the board of directors of Roger Williams University and Roger Williams Law School, is featured among the publication’s ninth annual class of directors to watch.

Nixon Peabody Lands DarrowEverett White Collar Partner

Law360 | July 16, 2014

This feature story highlights the arrival of Providence Government Investigations & White Collar defense counsel Chuck Tamuleviz.

Can a Deponent Huddle with Counsel During a Deposition Time-Out?

DRI Trials and Tribulations Newsletter | July 03, 2014

Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard authored this column discussing divergent court rulings and whether a deponent may confer with counsel during a deposition break and whether the content of the communication is discoverable.

Will Remote Trial Testimony Become More Accepted In Civil Trials With Enhanced Technology?

Federal Bar Association's Side Bar | June 20, 2014

Providence commercial litigation counsel Steve Richard authored this piece discussing use of remote trial testimony in civil cases under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 43(a).

Lab I.T. Put to the Test

Health Data Management | June 01, 2014

Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia discuss provisions under a federal rule to give patients or designated representatives the right to receive copies of medical test results from most clinical laboratories.

LabMD Ruling Puts FTC In Driver's Seat On Data Security

Law360 | May 14, 2014

Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman discusses a federal judge’s ruling refusing to disrupt a Federal Trade Commission administrative proceeding against LabMD Inc.

Data Protection and Privacy Laws

Financier Worldwide Magazine | May 01, 2014

Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman is one of the featured industry sources in this piece on effectively handling, using, transferring and managing data. Click here to read the roundtable discussion.

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

Richard Gibson

Regional Administrator

rcgibson@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 202-585-8171

Alexis Swenson

Marketing Contact

aswenson@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 617-345-1035

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