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Phone: 202-585-8171

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Phone: 617-345-1376

 

PROVIDENCE

Our attorneys in Providence are paving the way for businesses and nonprofits to innovate, grow and succeed.

The Providence office provides the full gamut of legal services—with an emphasis on employment, litigation, privacy and corporate services—to a burgeoning services sector focused on health care, real estate development, financial services, insurance and education. We also represent traditional manufacturing companies as well as those innovating in the areas of information, energy and life sciences.

The firm’s data privacy team is based here, developing strategies for companies throughout the country to protect and manage information in the face of constant technology shifts. The labor and employment team advises clients on current law while following demographic trends that require clients to be prepared for the workforce of tomorrow. Our health care group focuses on traditional providers and emerging for- and nonprofit health care delivery companies and services. We have a formidable team of litigators who handle a full range of matters, including contract, employment, construction and real estate matters throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

We are Rhode Islanders—committed to supporting Rhode Island businesses and strengthening our communities through extensive donation of our time and talent to a variety of organizations that advance health, education, social causes and the arts.

Media Clips

  • Laws Try to Resolve Employer-Employee Social Media Conflicts
    Wall Street Journal | May 28, 2015
    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard is quoted in this article discussing how state laws on social media are impacting employer-employee relations in the absence of an overarching federal law.
  • 5 Tips for Employers Worried About Worker Substance Abuse
    Law360 | May 7, 2015
    Providence partner and co-leader of the Labor & Employment practice group Stacie Collier is quoted in this article on important considerations employers should examine when concerned about possible employee substance abuse.
  • The Pendulum Swings in Two Massachusetts Franchise Cases
    The Legal Intelligencer | April 24, 2015
    New York City partner and leader of the firm’s Franchise & Distribution practice Craig Tractenberg and Providence Labor & Employment associate Jessica Jewell coauthored this article on two Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decisions which provide valuable lessons for franchise systems with respect to tipping policies.
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  • Social Media Class Notices Gain Traction but Carry Risks
    Law360 | April 24, 2015
    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard is quoted in this article discussing the use of social media—including LinkedIn and Twitter—for class notices.
  • Trends and Compliance in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    Rochester Business Journal | March 20, 2015
    Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge, Rochester Commercial Litigation counsel Kevin Saunders, Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Charles Tamuleviz, and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Emily Sy co-authored this article on trends and compliance in FCPA in light of the DOJ’s increased enforcement efforts.
  • ACLU Sues for Volkman Trial Info
    Portsmouth Daily Times | March 19, 2015
    Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara and Providence Labor & Employment associate Jessica Jewell are noted as the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island's counsel in filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on behalf of a local journalist.
  • Domestic Transaction Test Applied to Private Action under CEA
    ABA Pretrial Practice & Discovery | March 2, 2015
    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard discusses the Second Circuit decision leaving open the door for governmental enforcement of the Commodities Exchange Act’s antifraud provisions.
  • Future of FTC Data Security Enforcement Hinges on Forthcoming Wyndham Ruling
    Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Data Security Law Resource Center | January 2, 2015
    Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman is quoted in this article discussing a matter before the U.S. Court of Appeals which presents an unprecedented opportunity to define the Federal Trade Commission's authority to police the data security practices of U.S. companies.
  • National Notification Law Unlikely
    Law Technology News | December 2, 2014
    Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman is noted as a featured panelist and is quoted in this article recapping the ALM Cybersecurity and Data Protection Legal Summit.
  • Walgreen Case Opens Door for State Law HIPAA Claims
    Law360 | November 25, 2014
    Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman authored this piece discussing new openings for state law claims of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations against covered entities and business associates.
  • Out of the Closet and Into the Courts
    Law360 | November 3, 2014
    Providence Commercial Litigation associate Britt Killian authored this column noting that while circuit court decisions do not yet establish a clear privacy right in one’s sexual orientation, they do suggest such a right is emerging.
  • Health Services Council OKs Transfer of R.I. Home Care Provider to CVS Health Corp.
    Providence Journal | October 28, 2014
    Providence Health Care partner Steve Zubiago is quoted in this article on the Health Services Council's approval of the sale of infusion drug company Coram LLC, a unit of NP client Apria Healthcare, to CVS Health.
  • Use Social Media for Legal Service Only as a Last Resort
    Law360 | October 27, 2014
    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steve Richard and associate Britt Killian authored this column discussing when there is the possibility of being served via social media.
  • Lawmakers Remove Barrier to Medical Tourism
    Providence Business News | October 13, 2014
    Providence Health Care associate Chris Browning authored this column discussing the Rhode Island Access to Medical Technology Innovation Act.
  • Take Extra Steps When Social Media Page Is Evidence
    Law360 | October 10, 2014
    Partner and Commercial Litigation practice group co-leader Jon Sablone, Providence counsel Steven Richard and Rochester associate Kevin Saunders authored this column discussing the foundational prerequisites to authenticate and admit website evidence that must be developed before presentation at trial.
  • Is Anyone Really 'HIPAA Compliant' in Healthcare?
    Forbes | September 29, 2014
    Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection team Linn Freedman provides commentary in this column on understanding and adhering to HIPAA across the entire digital health ecosystem.
  • Courts Weigh Scope of Attorney-Client Privilege
    Providence Business News | September 29, 2014
    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard authored this column discussing the protection of the attorney-client privilege in internal investigations.
  • Unmasking and Suing the Anonymous Social Media Speaker
    Law360 | September 19, 2014
    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard authored this column discussing the issue of a social media user’s anonymity.
  • NLRB Considering New Standards for Joint-Employer Status
    Compliance Week | September 3, 2014
    Providence Labor & Employment partner Andrew Prescott and New York City partner and leader of the firm’s Franchising & Distribution practice Craig Tractenberg provide commentary on possible new standards from the National Labor Relations Board regarding two separate employers deemed as “joint employers.”
  • Assessing the Financial Impact of 4.5 Million Stolen Health Records
    Forbes | August 25, 2014
    This column discusses the impact of Community Health System’s data breach. Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security team Linn Freedman acts as a third-party source.
  • CHS Starts Notification Process Following Huge Breach
    Health Data Management | August 19, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman provides third-party commentary on Community Health Systems’ data breach of protected health information.
  • Employment bar deconstructs new social media privacy law
    Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | August 4, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman discusses the Employee Social Media Privacy Act signed into law by Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
  • Directors to Watch 2014
    Directors & Boards | August 1, 2014
    Partner Linn Freedman, member of the board of directors of Roger Williams University and Roger Williams Law School, is featured among the publication’s ninth annual class of directors to watch.
  • Nixon Peabody Lands DarrowEverett White Collar Partner
    Law360 | July 16, 2014
    This feature story highlights the arrival of Providence Government Investigations & White Collar defense counsel Chuck Tamuleviz.
  • Can a Deponent Huddle with Counsel During a Deposition Time-Out?
    DRI Trials and Tribulations Newsletter | July 3, 2014
    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard authored this column discussing divergent court rulings and whether a deponent may confer with counsel during a deposition break and whether the content of the communication is discoverable.
  • Will Remote Trial Testimony Become More Accepted In Civil Trials With Enhanced Technology?
    Federal Bar Association's Side Bar | June 20, 2014
    Providence commercial litigation counsel Steve Richard authored this piece discussing use of remote trial testimony in civil cases under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 43(a).
  • Lab I.T. Put to the Test
    Health Data Management | June 1, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia discuss provisions under a federal rule to give patients or designated representatives the right to receive copies of medical test results from most clinical laboratories.
  • LabMD Ruling Puts FTC In Driver's Seat On Data Security
    Law360 | May 14, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman discusses a federal judge’s ruling refusing to disrupt a Federal Trade Commission administrative proceeding against LabMD Inc.
  • Data Protection and Privacy Laws
    Financier Worldwide Magazine | May 1, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman is one of the featured industry sources in this piece on effectively handling, using, transferring and managing data. Click here to read the roundtable discussion.
  • Any Calls, Texts, or Photos May Be Used Against You
    Boston Bar Journal | April 1, 2014
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone, Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner and Privacy & Data Protection team leader Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia co-authored this column discussing warrantless cell phone searches and personal privacy issues.
  • What Links in an E-Mail Chain Must Be Disclosed
    For the Defense | April 1, 2014
    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steve Richard discusses privilege issues arising out of e-mail communications.
  • Patients Get Direct Access to Lab Reports
    Clinical Laboratory News | April 1, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman discusses how labs should comply with patient requests for records under a new rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Latest Insider-Trading Case Highlights Law Firms' Risks
    Wall Street Journal | March 21, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman provides commentary in this article about the need for law firms to properly safeguard confidential client information.
  • Understanding the New Rule for Patient Access to Lab Results
    Health Data Management | February 12, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia discuss the new Health and Human Services rule, which allows patients and their personal representatives access to lab test reports and results from laboratories.
  • FTC Continues To Push Privacy Breach Enforcement
    Law360 | January 17, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia authored this column discussing efforts to ensure that adequate privacy and security practices and procedures are in place to protect employee and consumer data as the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement initiatives increase.
  • Take Care in Picking Where to Litigate
    Providence Business News | January 6, 2014
    The importance of litigation forum selection is discussed in this column authored by Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steve Richard.
  • LabMD Unleashes Trump Card in FTC Data Security Fight
    Law360 | November 22, 2013
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman discusses the implications of the Federal Trade Commission’s data breach claims against LabMD Inc.
  • Nixon Peabody Promotes Two to Counsel
    The Bond Buyer | October 29, 2013
    This coverage highlights the promotions of Public Finance counsel Neal Pandozzi and Barry Rothchild.
  • FCC Set to Enforce New Telephone Privacy Rules
    Direct Marketing News | October 3, 2013
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman discusses new rules under the Federal Communications Commission's Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) that can have serious repercussions for marketers.
  • What LabMD's Data Security Breach Tells Us About FTC
    Law360 | October 3, 2013
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia note that businesses that maintain, collect, receive or transmit consumers' information should be aware that the Federal Trade Commission considers a data security breach to fall under the umbrella of "unfair and deceptive" practices.
  • Law Firms Seeking Own Standard for Sustainability
    Providence Business News | September 9, 2013

    This article features Nixon Peabody and our involvement in the Law Firm Sustainability Network. Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan is quoted throughout the piece.

  • Cost-Cutting: Courts Limit the Recovery of E-Discovery Expenses by a Prevailing Party
    Sidebar | September 1, 2013

    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steve Richard authored this article reviewing two recent decisions by the Third and Fourth circuits that narrowly interpret the recoverability of e-discovery costs.

  • BYOD and Social Media in the Workplace: Increasing Productivity Poses Preservation Challenges
    DRI's E-Discovery Connection | August 12, 2013

    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steve Richard authored this column discussing e-discovery challenges associated with bring your own device (BYOD) programs.

  • Proceed With Caution
    Health Data Management | July 1, 2013

    In this cover story, leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group and the HIPAA Compliance group Linn Freedman discusses information technology security concerns and other related issues that have kept mental health data in the shadows.

  • Who Speaks for the Organization at a Deposition?
    Providence Business News | June 10, 2013

    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steve Richard authored this column discussing how an organization can determine the witnesses to testify on its behalf at depositions.

  • Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule Expands Law's Impact on Firms
    New Hampshire Business Review | May 3, 2013

    Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman and Manchester partner and leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice Scott O’Connell co-authored this article discussing the final HIPAA Omnibus Rule, which implemented sweeping changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

  • 11th Circuit says HIPAA protections trump Florida law
    Reuters | April 12, 2013

    Leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group and the HIPAA Compliance group Linn Freedman discusses a Court of Appeals ruling finding that the patient privacy protections in the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 trumped a 1987 Florida law that requires nursing homes to provide the records to a deceased resident's spouse, guardian or attorney.

  • ACA Checkup Can Help Keep Firm Healthy
    Providence Business News | April 8, 2013

    Providence Health Services partner Steve Zubiago and Rochester Labor & Employment counsel Kate Saracene co-authored this column focused on “play-or-pay” health care reform mandates that will require many companies to make changes in whether and how they provide health care benefits to their employees.

  • New HIPAA Rules Pose Challenges for Healthcare Industry
    Reuters | March 18, 2013

    Leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group and the HIPAA Compliance group Linn Freedman discusses the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations announced by the Department of Health & Human Services. Click here to read the full article.

  • The Use of Mobile Technology in the Practice of Medicine: Compliance Tips
    Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter | February 12, 2013

    Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman authored this column highlighting practical tips for physicians and other health care providers to maximize the advantages of using mobile technology in their day-to-day practices while complying with privacy and security rules. Click here to read the article.

  • People in the Law
    Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | February 4, 2013

    This coverage notes that Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara has been named to the board of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, an organization dedicated to eliminating gender inequity.

  • Business Lunch
    WJAR-TV (Providence, RI NBC affiliate) | January 31, 2013

    In this broadcast segment, Providence Labor & Employment partner Andrew Prescott discusses how the flu is affecting the workplace.

  • Diversity a Competitive Advantage
    Providence Business News | January 21, 2013

    In this article, Nixon Peabody attorneys comment on how to create and maintain a diverse workforce enriches corporate culture, stays in line with equal-opportunity regulations and attracts talent. Diversity action co-chair Kendal Tyre, Providence office managing partner Neal McNamara, and Providence Commercial Litigation associate Britt Killian are featured throughout the piece.

  • 5 Tips for Employers on Creating Goals for New Year
    New England Cable News (NECN) | January 7, 2013

    In this TV segment, Providence Labor & Employment partner Andrew Prescott is interviewed discussing the top five resolutions for employers in 2013.

  • Nonunion Employers Can't Ignore Obama's NLRB
    Providence Business News | January 7, 2013

    This column, authored by Providence Labor & Employment partner Andrew Prescott, discusses why nonunion employers should pay attention to the National Labor Relations Board’s decisions and regulations.

  • Red Alert
    The American Lawyer | January 1, 2013

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection team Linn Freedman provides commentary about security issues for U.S. attorneys working and traveling abroad.

  • Newsmaker: Getting involved is first step to improving education
    Providence Business News | December 24, 2012

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection team Linn Freedman is featured in this Q&A–style profile. The article focuses on Linn’s recent appointment to the board of the Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology and her other commitments outside the office.

  • When Defendants Can Win by Losing a Case
    Providence Business News | November 26, 2012

    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steve Richard authored this column discussing how companies and their legal counsel should undertake a prompt risk-management assessment of the potential exposure and estimated defense costs.

  • Human Capital: People on the move
    Boston Business Journal | October 30, 2012

    This coverage notes that Boston & Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Linn Freedman has joined the advisory board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) New England. NFTE provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school.

  • Defending Big Data
    Law Technology News | October 1, 2012

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman discusses the escalating accumulation of data and why attorneys, IT staff, and data professionals are paying closer attention to big data and its potentially thorny legal, ethical, and technological issues. Click here to read the article.

  • Sorting Through Electronic Discovery Haystack
    Providence Business News | September 10, 2012

    Providence Commercial Litigation counsel Steven Richard authored this guest column focused on how to effectively navigate the electronic discovery process.

  • Privacy & Security: Enforcement activities have ‘increased dramatically'
    CMIO (Chief Medical Information Officer) | August 15, 2012

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman is profiled in this two-part series discussing privacy and security issues as it relates to the health care industry.

  • ‘Cloud' Advisory Puts Small Firms on Notice
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | August 13, 2012

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman provides commentary on the ethics advisory opinion from the Massachusetts Bar Association on the use of Internet data storage providers, which has some small firms and sole practitioners taking a second look at “cloud” safety.

  • Reduction in Hours After FMLA Leave Not Actionable
    Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | July 27, 2012

    This article focuses on a recent victory in the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which decided that a convenience store sales associate could not hold his employer liable for disparate treatment after his hours were reduced following a medical leave. Providence labor and employment partner Neal McNamara represented the employer and defendant, Station Operators, Inc.

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Annual Rhode Island CLE Seminar
April 28, 2015

Labor & Employment 101: What New and Growing Businesses Need to Know
March 19, 2015

Data Security: Issues Wastewater Treatment Plants Need to Consider
February 2, 2015

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HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules Apply to YOU! Are You complying?
January 29, 2015

Webinar: HIPAA Compliance 101 for Sole Practitioners
December 15, 2014 | Boston, MA

Re-imagining Wellness and Behavioral Health and Disability Challenges in the Workplace
December 5, 2014

Cybersecurity and Data Protection Legal Summit
December 2, 2014

Edison Electric Institute Cybersecurity Networking Reception and Law Conference: Discussions on Cyber Insurance
October 24, 2014

Emerging Trends in Information Privacy and Security
August 6, 2014

Webinar: Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy Risks in the Financial Industry
July 9, 2014 | Providence, RI

NetDiligence® Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum: Big Data and wrongful collection
June 13, 2014

Annual Rhode Island CLE Seminar
April 29, 2014

Privacy and Security 101: Protecting high-risk data at private schools
April 3, 2014 | Providence, RI

HR Roundtable: Social Media in the Workplace
March 18, 2014 | Providence, RI

Looking Ahead for Rhode Island Employers
March 4, 2014

A Privacy Law Primer: What Every Attorney, Compliance and Security Officer Should Know
February 7, 2014

HR Roundtable: Managing Leaves of Absence
December 10, 2013 | Providence, RI

Critical Issues in Information Security & Data Privacy
November 5, 2013 | Providence, RI

Employee Benefits Update: What You Need to Know Now
October 1, 2013

Cyber Threats & Cyber Realities: An institute on the legal and policy landscape of cyber risks—foreign and domestic
June 17, 2013

Nonprofit Seminar
June 5, 2013 | Providence, RI

Annual Rhode Island CLE Seminar
March 19, 2013 | Providence, RI

What the HIPAA Omnibus Rule means for you: Your questions answered
February 27, 2013 | Providence, RI

Medical Records Law Conference
November 8, 2012 | Providence, RI

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