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PLDO Attorney Joshua J. Butera to be the Guest Speaker at the Lake Worth Beach (FL) Community Redevelopment Agency’s Small Business Workshop

Boca Raton, Florida – February 26, 2024 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Corporate and Business Attorney Joshua J. Butera will be the Guest Speaker at a Small Business Workshop hosted by the Lake Worth Beach (FL) Community Redevelopment Agency  on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.  Attorney Butera will be discussing small business governance and other start-up issues. The workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. and is free to the public.  For more information and to register, email Emily Theodossakos at ETheodossakos@lakeworthbeachfl.gov Attorney Butera is Senior Counsel and a member of the firm’s Corporate & Business Law and Cannabis Law Teams. He concentrates his practice assisting clients in the areas of corporate and transactional...

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Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Partner Kas R. DeCarvalho Named a Top 25 Attorney of the Northeast Region for 2024 by Attorney Intel©

Rhode Island – February 22, 2024 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) is proud to announce that Attorney Kas R. DeCarvalho has been named to Attorney Intel’s 2024 “Top 25 Attorneys of the Northeast Region,” which spans Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and includes some of the most prestigious law firms in the country. Attorney Intel is a comprehensive source for research and information related to law firms and the broader legal industry. Based in New York City, the firm is run by a seasoned team of editors, writers and media professionals highly knowledgeable on legal topics and the various firms and attorneys that make up the sector. According to the publication, this honor recognizes the “most...

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PLDO Trust and Estate Attorneys Featured on Find the Money Podcast

Boca Raton, FL – December 7, 2023 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO)’s prominent estate and trust attorneys, Gene M. Carlino and Leah A. Foertsch, were featured on Find the Money podcast, where they provided valuable insights into the complex dynamics of Trust and Estates within the realm of Family Law. Among the topics discussed were how a divorce can effect one’s estate plan, ways to avoid unexpected income tax consequences following a divorce, protecting children who are beneficiaries of an estate, and protecting one’s assets by leveraging Irrevocable Trusts, including Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT) and Spousal Lifetime Access Trust (SLAT). In addition, Attorneys Carlino and Foertsch shared their vast experience...

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Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Distinguished by Best Law Firms® in the 2024 Edition for 15 Practice Areas in Rhode Island and Boston, MA

Rhode Island – November 2, 2023 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announced today that it has been recognized in the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms®, ranked by Best Lawyers®, in 15 practice areas in Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. This marks the 14th consecutive year PLDO has received the designation for its professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. PLDO’s practice areas recognized for their legal excellence in Regional Tier 1/Rhode Island include: Corporate Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Management; Government Relations Practice; Labor Law – Management; Litigation - Labor & Employment; Nonprofit / Charities Law; and Securities / Capital Markets...

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PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux Speaks on Artificial Intelligence in the Courts at the 2023 Rhode Island Fall Judicial Conference

Rhode Island – September 27, 2023 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a prominent business litigator and employment attorney who is a leading voice on social and digital media law, presented “Rise of the Machines: Artificial Intelligence in the Courts” to members of the Rhode Island Judiciary at the 2023 Fall Judicial Conference on Friday, September 22, 2023. Since its recent grand entrance to the world stage, ChatGPT and other Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) tools have been infiltrating and proliferating past the tech and business worlds and into the judicial system. Attorney Lamoureux’s presentation demonstrated how the most popular AI tools such as ChatGPT work, pointing out AI’s benefits and...

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PLDO Partner Benjamin L. Rackliffe to be a Featured Speaker at Providence Business News “2023 Business of Cannabis Summit”

Rhode Island – August 30, 2023 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Benjamin L. Rackliffe, a leading authority and advisor to cannabis industry business owners and investors, will be a featured speaker at the “2023 Business of Cannabis Summit,” sponsored by Providence Business News, on Thursday, September 7, from 9:00am - 11:00am, at Providence Marriott, One Orms Street, Providence, RI. The 2023 Business of Cannabis Summit will feature keynote remarks from Kimberly Ahern, Chairperson of the RI Cannabis Control Commission, followed by a panel discussion with various industry experts, business executives, educators and community leaders to discuss the key opportunities and obstacles the industry is facing and whether...

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PLDO Attorneys Named 2024 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year,” “The Best Lawyers in America” ® and “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch”®

Rhode Island – August 17, 2023 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) is proud to announce that 15 attorneys have been named to the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and six (6) Attorneys were named Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America. In addition, Gary R. Pannone, Managing Principal, Matthew “Matty” A. Lopes, Jr, Principal, and Joseph M. DiOrio, Chairman, Banking & Creditor’s Rights, have been recognized by Best Lawyers as a 2024 Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch by...

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PLDO Attorneys Presented “Dead But Not Done: Post Mortem Planning” to Florida Bar Association Members

Boca Raton, FL – August 16, 2023 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO)’s prominent estate and trust attorneys, Gene M. Carlino and Leah A. Foertsch presented a webinar entitled, "Dead But Not Done: Post Mortem Planning,” to members of the Florida Bar Association on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. “Given ever-evolving tax laws and how quickly and often circumstances change, it is doubtful that an estate planner can anticipate their client’s precise needs following a death,” said Attorney Carlino. “By using post-mortem planning techniques, offered in conjunction with traditional estate planning practices, estate planners will be able to create a comprehensive estate plan that allows for maximum flexibility and broad discretion....

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Joseph M. DiOrio, Esquire Merges His Practice with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara

Establishing and Chairing the Firm’s New Banking and Creditor’s Rights Practice Rhode Island – July 5, 2023 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) today announced that Joseph M. DiOrio, Esquire has merged his financial institutions practice, The Law Office of Joseph M. DiOrio, Inc.,  with PLDO to create the firm’s new Banking and Creditor’s Rights practice group. Attorney DiOrio will serve as Chairman of the practice and collaborate with PLDO’s team of skilled lawyers to provide comprehensive legal representation to financial institutions throughout the region, including national, regional and local banks, bank holding companies, thrifts and other financial services providers. The range of legal services to be provided include...

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PLDO Attorneys Named 2023 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Rhode Island – June 15, 2023 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) is pleased to announce that several attorneys have been named to the 2023 Rhode Island Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. PLDO attorneys selected as Super Lawyers include: William P. Devereaux, Principal (Civil Litigation: Defense) Matthew A. Lopes, Jr., Principal (Criminal Defense) William E. O’Gara, Principal (Employment & Labor Law) Bernard A. Jackvony, Of Counsel (Estate and Trust Litigation) PLDO attorneys recognized as Rising Stars include: David P. Craven, Partner (Estate and Probate) Patrick J. McBurney, Partner (Land Use/Zoning) LaTri-c-ea McClendon-Hunt, Senior Counsel (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Rebecca M. Murphy, Partner (Estate and...

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