Individual attorneys with the highest overall peer review in a specific practice area and geographic location are named “Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each practice area and a specific location is named a “Lawyer of the Year” — enhancing the significance of the recognition.
Eugene G. Bernardo II – Lawyer of the Year: Public Finance Law
Mr. Bernardo has a varied practice where he counsels religious, corporate and governmental entities on a variety of complex matters involving legal, ethical and community relations issues. Last year, in his sophisticated tax-exempt finance practice, Mr. Bernardo was involved in the issuance of over $1.1 billion in tax-exempt securities in Rhode Island.
Michael A. Gamboli – Lawyer of the Year: Litigation – Labor and Employment
Mr. Gamboli devotes his practice to minimizing the risks arising out of human resource decisions and conflicts, and consults with clients on a daily basis on a wide variety of employment issues. Mr. Gamboli has extensive employment litigation experience and has litigated claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies involving discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violations and the enforcement of non-competition and employment agreements. Mr. Gamboli was also voted 2015 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year: Employment Law – Management.
David M. Gilden – Lawyer of the Year: Banking and Finance Law
Mr. Gilden represents privately held business organizations involved in manufacturing, distribution, insurance, and a variety of other industries. He has extensive experience providing advice regarding transactions, shareholder agreements, buy and sell agreements, producer and other employment agreements, business valuations, and related issues.
Kimberly I. McCarthy – Lawyer of the Year: Tax Law
Ms. McCarthy assists clients with tax and ERISA/ employee benefits/ executive compensation compliance issues, and provides advice and support to integrate tax and benefits into clients’ overall business and compensation strategies. In addition to being named 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for Tax Law, she received “Best Lawyer” designations in four separate categories: Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, and Tax Law.
Howard A. Merten, Jr. – Lawyer of the Year: Litigation — Banking and Finance
Mr. Merten is Managing Partner of the Firm. He represents businesses, financial services institutions and individuals in complex civil litigation. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, insurance, products liability, media, and intellectual property matters. Howard was previously named Best Lawyers 2017 Lawyer of the Year in the area of Litigation.
Additionally, 11 attorneys from the firm’s Providence and Boston offices were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers and are listed below. These attorneys represent various practice groups including Litigation, Public Finance, Banking and Finance, Real Estate, Corporate, Tax, Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, and Bankruptcy.
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Public Finance Law
Litigation – Banking and Finance
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Real Estate Law
Land use and Zoning Law
Litigation and Controversy – Tax
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Real Estate Law
Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 55,000 leading attorneys cast more than 6.7 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because it is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which tens of thousands of lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”