Patrick J. McBurney

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Biography/Practice Areas

Patrick J. McBurney is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC and a member of the Corporate & Business and Litigation Teams. He is an accomplished zoning and land use lawyer and litigator with significant experience helping clients navigate through the complex areas of federal, state and municipal policies and regulations regarding permitting, variance approvals and other zoning-related compliance matters such as special permitting applications, land acquisition and public project development. His successful litigation practice includes representing clients from pre-trial investigation and discovery to preparing motions and pleadings through trial, settlement and the appeal process.

Attorney McBurney’s practice also includes administrative and contract law including resolving breach of contract claims and mechanic lien disputes. He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, including the construction industry, and routinely represents clients before state courts and agencies as well as municipal boards and authorities. Since 2021, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® as a Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch for his professional excellence in commercial litigation. He was also named a Rhode Island Super Lawyers Rising Star, a distinction that recognizes the top 2.5 percent of Rhode Island lawyers under the age of 40 or those in practice for 10 years or less.

Attorney McBurney earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and was Associate Managing Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. He served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Associate Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and for the Honorable Associate Justice Michael Silverstein of the Rhode Island Superior Court. He graduated with a B.A. in Government from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, magna cum laude. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is an Associate Judge for the City of Pawtucket (RI) Municipal Court..

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Corporate & Business
  • Construction Law

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch®
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star

Education/Professional Associations


  • St. John’s University School of Law, Queens, New York
    • J.D. – 2013
  • St. John’s University, Queens, New York
    • B.A. – 2010
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Government

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Pawtucket Bar Association

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