Rhode Island – August 20, 2020 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Principal Matthew A. Lopes Jr. was recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for his government relations practice in the Providence/Metro Region. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan location is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” The award reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity. In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award for 2021 and for the eleventh consecutive year, Attorney Lopes was selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his practice areas.
Attorney Lopes has over 25 years of experience in government relations, legislative and campaign advocacy, and strategic communications and business planning on behalf of clients that range from Fortune 100 companies to nonprofit organizations in multiple industries. He is also a nationally recognized Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, in the matter of Coleman v. Newsom, overseeing prison reform and compliance with orders of the Court concerning care of seriously mentally ill inmates. His experience in court oversight of correctional systems extends back over decades of continuous work in the area of court-ordered prison reform, as a special master, deputy special master, and court monitor, in three additional major remedial correctional cases under the supervision of the United States District Courts of Texas, Georgia, and Rhode Island. Attorney Lopes earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College.