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    Eugene G. Bernardo II

    Eugene G. Bernardo II

    Eugene G. Bernardo II


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    • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

    • University of Rhode Island, M.P.A., magna cum laude

    • Rollins College, B.A., Economics

    Bar Memberships & Admissions

    • Rhode Island
    • Massachusetts
    • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island
    • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
    • First Circuit Court of Appeals
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Gene has a varied practice where he counsels religious, corporate and governmental entities on a variety of complex matters having legal, ethical and community relations dimensions. He serves as the general counsel to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence and the charitable, educational and religious corporations organized and existing to conduct the temporal affairs of the Roman Catholic Church within the Diocese of Providence.

    Gene also practices in the sophisticated area of tax-exempt finance, and has been involved in the issuance of over $13 billion in tax-exempt securities in Rhode Island. In the past, he has counseled governmental leaders on critical issues of the day. He has advised the Speaker of the House in connection with legislative reapportionment, was part of the Governor’s legal team regarding the jurisdictional scope on lands in Charlestown pursuant to the Rhode Island Indian Claims Settlement Act, and he routinely advises the General Treasurer’s office on matters relating to public finance. Prior to beginning his practice, Gene served as a law clerk to The Honorable Ernest C. Torres, United States District Court.

    Gene has provided pro bono services in his representation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Alliance of Sexual Assault Coalition and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape as amici curiae in a successful appeal to the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  

    A life-long Rhode Islander, Gene has invested significantly in his community. When he’s not working, Gene enjoys positively influencing young lives. For over a decade, he was a mainstay of Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE), an organization that provides scholarships and mentoring to children of incarcerated parents in an effort to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, crime and addiction. Gene became one of the organization’s first mentors in 1998, and nurtured his student into RISE’s first college graduate, as profiled in The Providence Journal and by National Public Radio. He also enjoys coaching and teaching.


    Representative Publications

    Representative Speaking Engagements

    • Religious Liberty and the Example of St. Thomas More”
      United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – Fortnight for Freedom, St. Thomas More Parish, Narragansett, RI (2012)
    • Municipal Markets – The New Normal?”
      2008 Rhode Island General Treasurer’s Municipal Market Seminar, Speaker/Panelist
    • Cases of the Year – Keynote Address”
      Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns 2005 Annual Convention

    Professional Affiliations

    • National Diocesan Attorneys Association

    • National Association of Bond Lawyers

    • Rhode Island Bar Association

      • Municipal Law Committee, Past Chair
    • Rhode Island Government Finance Officers Association

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