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Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Principal Matthew A. Lopes Jr. Honored with Justice Assistance’s 2022 Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award

Rhode Island – October 3, 2022 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announced that Matthew “Matty” A. Lopes Jr., a principal and founding member of the law firm, was selected to receive a 2022 Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award by Justice Assistance, a nonprofit organization that has been in the vanguard of providing criminal justice services and improvements to the Rhode Island community since 1978. Matty will be presented the award at a ceremony on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at the Marriott in Providence. The Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award is recognized as the most prestigious award presented within Rhode Island's criminal justice system. Along with Matty, other distinguished Rhode Islanders receiving the award...

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PLDO Partner Matthew C. Reeber to Present “New Wage Equity Law is Coming Soon. Are You Ready?” to the Rhode Island Assisted Living Association

Rhode Island – September 27, 2022 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Matthew C. Reeber, a prominent employment lawyer and litigator, will present “New Wage Equity Law is Coming Soon. Are You Ready?” to members of the Rhode Island Assisted Living Association (RIALA) on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Attorney Reeber will host the event at PLDO’s Johnston office at 1301 Atwood Ave., Suite 215N and be joined by Steve Loffredo, President, STELA Consulting, and Brian Zartarian, Assistant Vice President, Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage. Beginning January 1, 2023, Rhode Island employers will be subject to a new and sweeping law designed to promote pay equity and fairness in the...

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PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux Speaks on Social Media in the Courts at the 2022 Rhode Island Fall Judicial Conference

Rhode Island – September 27, 2022 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a prominent business litigator and employment attorney who is a national voice on social and digital media law, presented “A View from the Trench: Tweets, Snaps, TikTok and Social Media in the Courts” to members of the Rhode Island Judiciary at the 2022 Fall Judicial Conference on Friday, September 23, 2022. Attorney Lamoureux’s presentation addressed how the widespread use of social and digital media have the propensity to complicate court proceedings, particularly when it comes to using a person or businesses’ profile page, posts, tweets, photos, and videos as evidence in legal proceedings. “As people continue to share many...

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PLDO Partner Gene M. Carlino to Present at ACTEC’s 2022 New England Regional Meeting

Rhode Island – September 6, 2022 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Gene M. Carlino, a highly respected attorney with more than 25 years of experience in all areas of estate and tax planning and administration, will present a “New England States Trust & Estate Update” at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s (ACTEC) New England Regional Meeting on September 12, 2022, in Rockport, Maine. Attorney Carlino is a Fellow of ACTEC, the most prestigious organization in the United States for estate planning and trust counsel comprised of approximately 2,400 lawyers and law professors from across the globe. Fellows are peer-elected and chosen by the Board of Regents based on their “outstanding reputation,...

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PLDO Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 – William E. O’Gara Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in his Practice Area

Rhode Island – August 18, 2022 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) is pleased to announce that fourteen (14) attorneys in multiple practice areas have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 in the Providence/Metro Region and Massachusetts. Best Lawyers® compiles its lists of Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch by practice area and geographic location by conducting peer reviews in which hundreds of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch attorneys are those lawyers recognized for their “outstanding professional excellence” who have been practicing for less than 10 years. In addition, the firm announced that PLDO...

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PLDO Partner Benjamin L. Rackliffe to be a Featured Speaker at Providence Business News “2022 Business of Cannabis Summit”

Rhode Island – July 19, 2022 – 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 “2022 Business of Cannabis Summit,” sponsored by Providence Business News, on Thursday, September 15 from 9:00am - 11:00am at Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick. With the recent passage of the bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island and with retail sales set to be effective December 1st, the Summit will feature panel discussions with various cannabis industry, business and community leaders who will discuss the expected impact and growth of this burgeoning sector,  legal/human resources...

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PLDO Client Sweetspot Dispensary Opens Innovative Consulting and Delivery Service Facility for RI’s Medical Marijuana Patients

Rhode Island – June 21, 2022 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) is pleased to announce that its client, Plant Based Compassionate Care, d/b/a Sweetspot Dispensary, opened a new medical marijuana dispensary in South Kingstown, becoming the first compassion center to open in Rhode Island in eight years. Plant Based Compassionate Care was one of five marijuana dispensary applicants selected in the Rhode Island Office of Cannabis Regulation lottery last fall to pursue a final license within the State by satisfying rigorous regulatory requirements. The new medical marijuana center will serve as a consulting and delivery services facility for patients throughout Rhode Island. PLDO Partner Benjamin L. Rackliffe served as legal...

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PLDO Attorneys Honored with 2022 “Professional Excellence in Law” Awards by Rhode Island Monthly

Rhode Island – June 1, 2022 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announced that several PLDO attorneys in multiple practice areas have been honored with 2022 “Professional Excellence in Law” awards by Rhode Island Monthly. The recognition is based on peer evaluation and professional achievement, and distinguishes the honorees as among the top 5% of Rhode Island lawyers.  Attorneys and their practice area for which they were recognized include the following: Gene M. Carlino, Partner – Wills, Trusts and Estates Kas R. DeCarvalho, Partner – Business Law William P. Devereaux, Principal – Criminal Defense William E. O’Gara, Principal – Labor and Employment Aaron L. Weisman – Partner, Appellate Law Founded in 2006, PLDO is a...

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PLDO Partner Gene M. Carlino Elected as an ACTEC Fellow

Rhode Island – March 30, 2022 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Gene M. Carlino, a highly respected attorney with more than 25 years of experience in all areas of estate and tax planning and administration, has been elected as a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ACTEC is the most prestigious organization in the United States for estate planning and trust counsel comprised of approximately 2,400 lawyers and law professors from across the globe. Fellows are peer-elected and chosen by the Board of Regents based on their “outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the estate planning field by lecturing, writing, teaching, and participating in bar...

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PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux will Moderate a Panel on “Cyber Security Resiliency” at the RI Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference 2022

Rhode Island – March 28, 2022 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a prominent business and employment lawyer and litigator, will moderate a panel discussion on “Cyber Security Resiliency” at the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference 2022 on April 28, 2022 from 10:45 am to 12:00 pm at the Graduate Providence in Providence, RI. Panel speakers will be R. Mike Tetreault, Cybersecurity Advisor for Rhode Island, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Brian Tardiff, CISSP - CISO, Chief of Staff at the State of Rhode Island, Division of Information Technology. The panel discussion is part of a two-day conference sponsored by Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court and the...

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