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The litigators at Partridge Snow & Hahn offer effective and assertive representation to a broad range of clients in both state and federal courts as well as before arbitrators and administrative agencies, including state commissions and local boards. We are committed to providing the highest level of advocacy on behalf of our clients.
Our approach is to provide the very best counsel to our clients in all phases of litigation, which includes activities designed to avoid litigation, to expeditiously resolve litigation where appropriate, and to vigorously and efficiently prepare for and try cases in court.
Our litigators experience runs the spectrum and reflects a breadth and depth of experience in all forms of trial work and in matters that are important to our clients (including bet the business disputes). We are not just litigators but trial lawyers who have experience trying cases in both state and federal court in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We are recognized as a go-to law firm for important disputes in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and are often retained by clients represented by some of the leading law firms around the world when their disputes take them to our back yards – where we are not only experienced, we are also well-known and respected by the bench and the bar.
Though many of our lawyers have particularized experience in different areas of the law, we value and have maintained flexibility across the firm’s many practice areas to not only serve our clients when disputes arise but, in appropriate circumstances, to prevent disputes or issues from becoming litigation. We have advised clients and litigated in contractual and commercial matters, environmental, energy, real estate, and land use, labor and employment matters, construction, health care, antitrust, Constitutional law, unfair trade practice cases, admiralty and maritime law, as well as banking, and intellectual property actions.
Representing Private and Public Business
We routinely represent publicly and privately held businesses, financial institutions, colleges and universities, hospitals, insurance companies, and governmental agencies.
Working as a team, both internally and with the client, we utilize the full resources of the Firm’s many practice areas to give responsive services to meet our clients’ varied needs.
"All of them are very good and can make decisions on their own. They have big-firm experience, but can apply it to a small-firm environment, something that we appreciate."
Client Comment -Chambers and Partners USA
- Ranked as a leading firm in the practice of Commercial Litigation in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
- Ranked by Best Lawyers in America as a Best Law Firm in the area of Litigation including Bankruptcy, Commercial, Banking & Finance, Labor & Employment, and Tax.
- Ranked by Benchmark Litigation as a leading commercial litigation firm in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
- August 3, 2020 - PS&H partner Paul Kessimian contributes his knowledge and insight in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island's first Virtual Litigation Academy video titled, How to Conduct a Bench Trial via Zoom. In the video, Mr. Kessimian and other practitioners and court personnel discuss the technical and logistical aspects of preparing for a court appearance via zoom, including the preparation of witness. Then, there is a mock examination of witnesses (both cross and direct exam) before Judge William E. Smith of the U.S. District Court. Lastly, a panel of experts—including Judge Smith, Chief Judge John J. McConnell of the U.S. District Court, and Judge Brian P. Stern of the Rhode Island Superior Court—discuss their views on trial proceedings conducted via Zoom. The full video is available to view here: https://youtu.be/IH56DQVkGqQ
- July 20, 2020 - COVID-19 - Commercial Contract Litigation, hosted by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) on July 20, 2020 regarding likely trends in commercial contract litigation in light of COVID-19. The panel, including PS&H partner Paul Kessimian, discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and related stay-at-home orders potential effects on breach of contract actions concerning goods and services and reviewed contractual and UCC issues that judges could expect to find in such cases. The entire webinar can be viewed by choosing July webinars here.
Representative Speaking Engagements
Steven E. Snow
Robert K. Taylor
Wendy A. Waller