Paul M. Kessimian was recently appointed to serve as President of Defense Counsel of Rhode Island (DCRI). DCRI is the state association of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. DCRI is committed to enhancing the skills, effectiveness, and professionalism of civil defense lawyers through the provision of resources, continuing legal...

Partridge Snow & Hahn Partners Christian R. Jenner and Paul M. Kessimian presented at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Bar Association on June 1, 2023. The presentation entitled A Primer on Evidence in the Digital Age: Admitting ESI Evidence at Trial outlined the evidentiary challenges and opportunities ESI presents and identified tips and tools to...

PSH attorneys Paul Kessimian and Dan Marran published an article for the American Bar Association’s Commercial & Business Litigation Committee: “Rule 26(e) Supplementation of Expert Reports: Not As Easy As It May Look.” The article breaks down what to think about when you think about supplementation: Does the supplemental opinion evaluate new evidence that was unavailable at the time...

PS&H Partner Howard Merten was elected to be President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) for 2022-2023 at the organization’s recent Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1936, the FDCC is an international organization composed of the nation’s leaders in the legal community. Federation members have been judged by their peers to have...

By Daniel E. Burgoyne, Christian R. Jenner or Christopher M. Wildenhain In a recent decision, the U.S. Supreme Court gave a narrow win to creditors in a dispute over the proper interpretation of the automatic stay provisions in the Bankruptcy Code, ruling that creditors may passively retain a debtor’s property after the debtor files for bankruptcy. The decision...

The American Bar Association has published an article written by PS&H partner Paul Kessimian titled, Five Tips for Using Proportionality to Limit Wild Goose Chases in Discovery. The article expands on 5 practical and insightful tips to make discovery more streamlined and efficient: Cooperate with Opposing Counsel Document Your Cooperation and Disputes Meaningfully Respond to Discovery...

By Robert Taylor or Paul Kessimian In a case having broad implications for residential real estate transactions, title insurance companies, and the mortgage industry, the Rhode Island Supreme Court on May 29 addressed the issue of whether residential real estate closings and related services should be considered the practice of law, and if so, whether non-attorneys should...

PS&H Partner and Chair of the Litigation Practice, Paul Kessimian, was quoted extensively in a recent Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly article discussing the challenges that insureds face as they attempt to recover pandemic-related losses through business interruption provisions in their commercial insurance policies and the expected increase in litigation because of it. The article discusses that typical...

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