Travis J. McDermott




Travis’ legal practice is focused on litigation and regulatory matters.  In his litigation practice, Travis represents clients in commercial litigation before the state and federal courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Travis’s regulatory practice is centered on representing clients in the banking, insurance, and cannabis industries before state and federal regulators.

Travis’s litigation experience includes a variety of complex commercial disputes, contract claims, employment matters, land use and zoning disputes, and appellate matters. He provides practical, down-to-earth advice to clients in litigated disputes ranging from mechanic’s liens to software contract disputes.

In his regulatory practice, Travis represents numerous banks and credit unions, mortgage companies, and other financial institutions, insurers and insurance agencies, and cannabis cultivators and dispensaries in connection with investigations, examinations, contested matters, and licensing before state and federal regulators and in state and federal courts.

Because his practice involves both individual clients and larger corporate clients, Travis uses his familiarity with a variety of different tools and technologies to cost-effectively manage disputed matters of nearly any size. This is especially useful in managing the extensive discovery that accompanies complex commercial and business litigation.  Travis is familiar with and has experience using a variety of electronic tools and technology-assisted review software to better manage the scope and cost of document and fact investigation.

Prior to joining Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP in 2011, Travis was an associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP. Travis was raised in Rhode Island and is a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School. Before law school, he was a technical writer and sales consultant at a Rhode Island-based technology company.

Practice Areas

Banking & Financial

Corporate & Business

Energy & Environmental

Litigation & Disputes


Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude

Pepperdine Law Review, Business and Production Editor

Pepperdine University Straus Institute, Master of Dispute Resolution

Seton Hall University, B.A., magna cum laude

Bar Memberships

New York


Rhode Island

U.S. Federal District Court, S.D.N.Y

U.S. Federal District Court, Massachusetts

U.S. Federal District Court, Rhode Island

Professional Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
    • Bench/Bar and ADR Committees
  • DRI (formerly known as Defense Research Institute)

Boards and Community Activities

  • Governor’s Insurance Council
    • Appointed by Governor Raimondo, 2019
  • Children’s Friend
    • Annual Luncheon Planning Committee Member
  • Financial Services Professionals
    • Board of Directors, Rhode Island Chapter
  • Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association
    • Compliance Committee Member
  • Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association
    • Legislative Committee Member

Representative Matters

  • Represented Rhode Island-chartered bank in defense of FDIC enforcement actions
  • Represented Rhode Island-chartered credit union in several credit union mergers
  • Represented national healthcare company in defense of RI OHIC enforcement action
  • Represented software developer in several AAA arbitrated disputes in New York over licensing contracts
  • Represented multiple property owners and former property owners in connection with a variety of Massachusetts DEP enforcement matters
  • Represented several property owners and former property owners in connection with Massachusetts and Rhode Island environmental litigation matters
  • Represented local retirement planning company in connection with Massachusetts Securities Division investigations
  • Represented Rhode Island financial institution in complex litigation against former affiliate
  • Represented multiple out-of-state entities as local counsel in complex Rhode Island litigation


  • Named a Rhode Island Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2013-2019)

Representative Publications

Representative Speaking Engagements


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