Aaron L. Weisman is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC. He is a highly accomplished, nationally-recognized trial and appellate attorney with 30 years of distinguished public service as the former United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island, and Chief of the Rhode Island Attorney General’s criminal appeals unit. As a member of the firm’s Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation Team, he represents corporations and individuals in multiple areas, including white collar criminal matters, data privacy and cyber security matters, government enforcement actions, health care fraud, employment discrimination matters, corporate compliance and other complex litigation matters.
In his position as United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island from January 2019 through February 2021, Mr. Weisman led the federal litigation and investigation of a wide variety of significant and complex civil and criminal cases, including those related to cybercrimes, bank fraud, health care fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, criminal and civil rights violations, employment discrimination matters, and medical malpractice cases.
Attorney Weisman is a prominent member of the legal community and has been honored with a peer-evaluated Professional Excellence in Law Award in 2022 from Rhode Island Monthly, a distinction recognizing only 5% of attorneys in the area.
Mr. Weisman began his distinguished career in public service as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the criminal appeals unit in 1991. Two years later, he was named Chief Appellate Prosecutor and the head of the Criminal Appeals Unit. He served in the leadership role, which included the oversight of post-conviction relief matters, for 26 years under five attorneys general. In this position, Mr. Weisman was the principal criminal law advisor to trial prosecutors, and represented Rhode Island in hundreds of cases before the Rhode Island Supreme Court, many of which involved the successful prosecution of precedent-setting cases. Over his term of office, Mr. Weisman was counsel of record in more than 900 published Rhode Island Supreme Court cases, and represented Rhode Island at all levels of federal court, including before the Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to his appointment as a special assistant attorney general, Mr. Weisman worked in the Rhode Island office at Jones Associates, a boutique appellate practice.
Mr. Weisman earned his J.D. from the Cardozo School of Law in New York City and his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. He is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense
- Civil Litigation
- Rhode Island, 1991
- U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, 1991
- U.S. District Court, First Circuit, 1992
- Supreme Court of the United States, 2000
Cardozo Law School, New York, NY
- J.D. – 1990
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
- B.A. – 1987
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Rhode Island Bar Association
- National Association of Former United States Attorneys
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Professional Excellence in Law Award, Rhode Island Monthly
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Estate Planning & Administration
Real Estate & Commercial Lending
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