Gary R. Pannone

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Biography/Practice Areas

Gary R. Pannone is a founder and Principal of Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC and has been representing closely held business owners for over forty years. He is an experienced business lawyer specializing in the areas of business formation, corporate restructuring, mergers, acquisitions and corporate compliance. In addition to representing closely held businesses, his practice includes the representation of nonprofit organizations in the areas of corporate governance, consolidations, mergers and acquisitions.

Attorney Pannone has served on multiple non-profit boards and as general counsel to several of the firm’s corporate clients. He is a former Town Solicitor and was special counsel to numerous Rhode Island municipalities. In addition to practicing law, Attorney Pannone is a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of corporate compliance, best practices and business formation.  Prior to the founding of Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, he served as the managing partner of the Providence office of an international law firm.

Attorney Pannone is a prominent member of the legal community and was honored by his peers and judges in 2023 and 2024 with the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating based on both legal ability and ethics. For over a decade, he been annually selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in his practice areas and named Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Rhode Island for multiple years. He has also been recognized by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel. In 2020, he was a recipient of an “Excellence in the Law” and has received the Hall of Fame award by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly for his lifetime achievements and outstanding professional accomplishments in the legal community. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for the study of law.

Attorney Pannone received his J.D. from Suffolk Law School after earning his undergraduate degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate & Business
  • Business Law
  • Cyber Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in the Law Hall of Fame, RI Lawyers Weekly
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year
  • AV Preeminent Rank, Martindale Hubbell
  • Chambers USA
  • Super Lawyers

Education/Professional Associations


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. – 1977
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • B.B.A. – 1974

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Business Law, Health Law and Law Practice Management
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
  • East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
  • Northern RI Chamber of Commerce

Pro Bono Activities

  • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
  • East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
  • Northern RI Chamber of Commerce


  • Phi Delta Phi

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to a $20MM nonprofit organization with respect to acquisitions and mergers of organizations that had a similar mission. The purpose of the growth strategy was to improve efficiencies and increase funding sources.
  • Counsel to a $4MM nonprofit organization providing administrative services to twenty nonprofits. PLDO has acted as general counsel in assisting the organization with respect to funding, banking relationships and increasing the number of nonprofits served.
  • Counsel to $18MM nonprofit organization that created a development subsidiary through mergers and acquisitions. PLDO acts as general counsel to the combined organization.

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