Adler Pollock & Sheehan, P. C.
One Citizens Plaza
8th Floor
Providence, RI 02903
www.apslaw.com

Phone: 401 274 7200

Firm Profile
For 50 years, Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. has delivered client-focused business law services designed to achieve cost-effective solutions for today’s complex challenges. Based in Providence, the firm is a full-service regional law firm, featuring a sophisticated corporate practice and a nationally renowned litigation practice. The firm successfully combines the depth and breadth of expertise of a large law firm with the advantages of responsive and direct personal service by partners found in smaller firms. Among the firm’s more than 80 attorneys are several former leaders of the Rhode Island legislature as well as former senior members of state administrations who are able to provide a unique understanding of governmental processes for clients. The firm’s client base includes Fortune 500 and 100 companies, small and medium-sized businesses, individuals, public and quasi-public agencies, and private not-for-profit organizations.

Practice Areas
Business & Corporate
Energy & Telecommunications
Environmental
Gaming
Government Relations


Health Care
Hospitality
Insurance Coverage & Defense
Intellectual Property


Labor & Employment
Litigation
Real Estate
Trusts & Estates

News

July 2022: Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. (Rhode Island) announced Nicole Benjamin has been appointed to the Rhode Island Council of The New England Legal Foundation, the leading non-profit public interest law firm in the region dedicated to addressing policy and constitutional concerns related to free enterprise. The New England Legal Foundation’s ongoing mission is to champion individual economic liberties, property rights, good government based on rule of law, and inclusive economic growth. NELF challenges actions by governments and private litigants which would unreasonably intrude on the economic freedoms of individuals and business enterprises in New England and the nation. The firm also announced Leslie Parker has been selected as one of Providence Business News’ annual 40 Under Forty honorees. Awardees were selected based on their career success and involvement within their communities. The honorees will be recognized in person on July 21st at an event held at Aldrich Mansion in Warwick. A special section highlighting each honoree will be featured in the print edition of Providence Business News the week of the event. The firm also announced Nicole Benjamin was honored at RI Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law event which took place on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. This event honors excellence in all areas of the Rhode Island legal community. Nicole received the Leaders in the Law Award which honors current leaders of the bar, drawn from across the spectrum of the legal profession. Additionally, Victoria M. Almeida, Senior Counsel was re-elected for a third term as Vice President of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. Founded in 1953, the Foundation is a non-profit, charitable Foundation whose mission is to foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the profession of law and to study, improve and facilitate the administration of justice in Rhode Island, as well as promote the study of law, and to promote high standards of legal education. Vicky, Past President of the RI Bar Association, has served the legal profession in many roles and received Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law Hall of Fame lifetime achievement award.

May 2022: Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. (Rhode Island) announced Kim K. Dooley has joined the firm’s Business & Corporate Law Group. Her practice includes commercial and residential real estate, commercial and residential financing, and business formation. Prior to joining Adler Pollock & Sheehan, Kim worked at boutique law firms in Massachusetts and Rhode Island where she assisted small and large clients with their various real estate and corporate needs. Kim received her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law and her B.A. from College of Holy Cross. Christopher J. Yagoobian has joined the firm’s litigation group where his practice will focus on assisting clients in a wide range of civil matters. Chris has extensive experience representing lawyers, insurance agents, accountants, design professionals, skilled nursing facilities, and other professionals in all aspects of litigation in addition to experience handling construction defect, products liability, contract disputes, and personal injury matters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Chris received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Albany Law School and his B.A. from Hartwick College.  

January 2022: Adler Pollock & Sheehan (Rhode Island) announced Daniel J. Procaccini and Matthew E. Waters have been elevated to Shareholder and Danielle E. Dufault has been elevated to Counsel. Dan is a member of the firm’s Litigation group and focuses his practice on complex business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Matt concentrates his practice on corporate law, real estate, and public finance. He regularly represents LPs in private equity and other alternative investments, and his practice encompasses a broad array of corporate and transactional matters. Danielle is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate group. She has a wide range of experience in assisting clients with various corporate and business law matters, including commercial and residential real estate transactions, stock and asset acquisitions, commercial financing, and corporate governance. The firm also announced Senior Counsel Susan Leach DeBlasio has been elected Vice Chair of the Board of Directions for Quonset Development Corporation (QDC). QDC is a quasi-state agency – established as a special purpose subsidiary of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (formerly the RI Economic Development Corporation) – and is responsible for the development and management of the Quonset Business Park, one of the premiere business parks in New England. Additionally, the firm welcomed Counsel Kristin N. Matsko as co-chair of the Trusts & Estates Group. Kristin’s practice areas include estate planning, estate and trust administration, Medicaid-planning and elder law, guardianships, and special needs planning.

November 2021: Adler Pollock & Sheehan (Rhode Island) welcomed Kathryn S. Windsor as Counsel in the firm’s Tax Group. Her practice areas include corporate tax, partnership tax, trusts and estates, federal and state tax resolution, self-directed IRAs and tax-exempt entities. Dan Hollander and Jeffrey Techentin were named IP Stars 2021 by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine. Dan was named a Patent Star and Jeff was named a Patent Star and Trademark Star. Twelve APS attorneys were named to the 2022 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to WatchClick here to see the full list. Nine attorneys were named Lawyer of the Year 2022 from Best Lawyers in America. Click here to see the full list. Also, 27 AP&S attorneys were selected for the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClick here to see the full listNicole Benjamin received Trailblazer in Business Award from Realizing Inspiration & Sustaining Excellence based on her accomplishments, commitment to the Rhode Island community and her ability to inspire others with her vision and leadership. The firm was named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 28 Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.

June 2021: Adler Pollock & Sheehan (Rhode Island) along with ten of its attorneys have been ranked by Chambers in Litigation: General Commercial, Corporate/Commercial, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate. AP&S announced the addition of Carlos Montemor as its new Chief Operating and Financial Officer. Vicky Almeida was honored at Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law virtual event, receiving the Hall of Fame Award which is a special lifetime achievement award for the senior leaders of the profession. David Riedel was recognized as JD Supra Top Authors for the level of visibility and engagement he attained with readers on the subject of Wealth Management & Estate Planning newsletter Insight on Estate Planning. 

March 2021: Adler Pollack & Sheehan (Rhode Island) welcomed Crystal D. Peralta to the firm’s Litigation group. Crystal’s practice involves representing clients on a broad range of civil matters, including commercial and business litigation, contractual and real estate disputes.

December 2020: Adler Pollock & Sheehan (Rhode Island) was named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 28 practice areas by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®. The firm also had 26 attorneys named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2020. Adler Pollock & Sheehan is offering the Honorable Walter R. Stone 2L Diversity Fellowship to an outstanding second-year law student.

October 2020: Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. (Rhode Island) is pleased to announce that 27 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America and 17 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Patricia Rocha and Hamza Chaudary were honored at Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law virtual event on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Pat received the Hall of Fame Award which is a special lifetime achievement award for the senior leaders of the profession. Kelly Malone was named a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). CLSA is a construction lawyer honorary society, with selective membership by invitation only.  Attorney, Nicole Benjamin has been elected Secretary of the Rhode Island Bar Association.  Nicole has been actively involved with the Rhode Island Bar Association for years, having served on its House of Delegates for more than a decade and its Executive Committee for four years. Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly featured the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association’s President’s Message by Kelly A. Kincaid, in the September 17, 2020 issue. Adler Pollock & Sheehan successfully represented Encompass Health in its Certificate of Need Application to establish a 50-bed Rehabilitation Hospital Center in Johnston, Rhode Island.  The Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, Nicole Alexander-Scott, M.D., MPH, issued her decision approving the Application. 

June 2020: Adler Pollock & Sheehan Senior Counsel, Susan Leach DeBlasio, has received the prestigious Associate Justice Florence K. Murray Award from the Rhode Island Bar Association.  This esteemed award is presented to an attorney or jurist who has shared his or her legal talents and time to influence women to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women attorneys, or advanced opportunities for women within the legal profession, and has been a recognized mentor for women in every sense of the word. Click here to read the full press release. Also, Adler Pollock & Sheehan‘s Kelly Kincaid was elected to serve as President of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association for the 2020-2021 membership year.  She has been a member of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association since 2007 and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. Click here to read the full announcement.

January 2020: Rhode Island member firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan has named Hamza Chaudary, Leslie Parker and Brenna Force as shareholders of the firm, effective this month. Mr. Chaudary focuses his practice on real estate, land use and zoning matters, including all phases of development and permitting. He completed his legal education at Washington and Lee School of Law. A member of the firm’s litigation practice, Ms. Parker focuses on commercial matters and healthcare law. She also has significant experience advising cannabis clients on the legal and regulatory framework relevant to conducting a legal cannabis business, including issues of licensing, litigation, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Parker is a graduate of Boston College Law School. Finally, Ms. Force focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts across multiple jurisdictions. She has extensive experience representing businesses in claims involving banking, class actions, intellectual property, shareholder disputes, employment, vendor disputes, consumer protection, and torts. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School. Also at Adler Pollock & Sheehan, Steve Geanacopoulos this month transitioned from shareholder to senior counsel status with the firm. Mr. Geanacopoulos has been a member of the firm for the last 32 years, a partner for 29, and chair of the corporate department for 15. John Russell has been named to succeed Mr. Geanacopoulos as corporate department chair. Mr. Russell focuses his practice on representing clients in corporate and business law matters, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate transactions, loan transactions, land use and zoning matters, commercial and public finance, and tax law. He received his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law and his LL.M. in tax law from Boston University School of Law.

December 2019: Rhode Island member firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan has awarded Crystal Peralta its 2019 Honorable Walter Stone Diversity Fellowship Award. The fellowship is named in honor of the late Judge Walter Stone, who was the first African-American attorney in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office, the first African-American shareholder at the firm, a member of the firm’s diversity committee and a longtime advocate of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Developed as part of Adler Pollock & Sheehan’s diversity plan, the fellowship provides a second-year law school student a $10,000 scholarship and a position as a summer associate at the firm. A graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law, Ms. Peralta completed her internship last summer and has accepted a position to begin as an associate at the firm next fall. Also at Adler Pollock & Sheehan, Managing Partner Robert Brooks received the president’s award at the Rhode Island Hospitality Association’s Stars of the Industry event on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The association’s 2019 “Stars of the Industry” awards dinner and ceremony was created more than 30 years ago. It is hosted by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association and its education foundation to recognize “shining stars” in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Mr. Brooks, who has represented the Rhode Island Hospitality Association for over 15 years, said, “I am honored to have received the President’s Award. Dale Venturini and the Rhode Island Hospitality Association have been tireless advocates for the many businesses and employees who work in the hospitality industry and I am humbled that Dale and the association have allowed me to provide legal advice and assistance to this fine organization and its members.”

December 2018: Rhode Island member firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan has awarded Ando Hannoush its 2018 Honorable Walter Stone Diversity Fellowship. The fellowship confers upon a second-year law student a scholarship of $10,000 and a summer associate position at the firm. The fellowship is named for the late Judge Walter Stone, who was the first African-American attorney in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, the first African-American shareholder at Adler Pollock, as well as a member of its diversity committee. Mr. Hannoush moved to the U.S. from Lebanon in 1999. He currently attends Suffolk University School of Law. He completed his summer internship last August and will join the firm next fall

August 2017: William Dolan and Nicholas Nybo have joined Rhode Island member firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan in the the firm’s litigation group. Mr. Dolan joins as counsel, while Mr. Nybo joins as an associate. Mr. Dolan is a trial attorney practicing in commercial litigation, professional ethics and malpractice, bankruptcy, and construction law. His clients include state and governmental agencies, major cities and towns, Fortune 500 companies, hedge funds, and national retail chains. Mr. Nybo is a commercial trial and appellate litigator licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. He has experience with private and public contract disputes, state and federal court receiverships, municipal pension litigation, election law disputes and constitutional tort litigation. His professional interests include employment law, specifically First Amendment and whistleblower litigation.

May 2017: Geoff Millsom of Rhode Island member firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan has been selected as a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. A member of the firm’s litigation practice group, Mr. Millsom has a broad-based commercial litigation practice that includes representing owners, construction managers, contractors and sureties in disputes arising out of private and public work projects.  He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 – 2017 editions in the field of construction law and was named Best Lawyers’® 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Construction in Providence, RI. CLSA is an invitation-only international honorary association composed of preeminent lawyers specializing in construction law and related fields.

February 2017: Daniel Holmander and Joseph Marion, III of Rhode Island member firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan were recently elected shareholders of the firm. Mr. Holmander is co-chair of the intellectual property group, and a U.S. registered patent attorney with extensive technical experience developing clients’ patent portfolios. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Law. Mr. Marion currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s trusts and estates group. His areas of practice include generational wealth transfer estate and income tax planning, long-term care and special needs planning, business succession planning, probate and trust administration and real estate with a focus on land conservation. He received his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law.