PRESIDENT
John F. Kelleher

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Lauren D. Wilkins

VICE-PRESIDENT
William F. White

SECRETARY
Rebecca McSweeney

TREASURER
Amy Beretta

IMMEDIATE PAST
PRESIDENT

Faith A. LaSalle

DRI STATE
REPRESENTATIVE

Robert J. Quigley, Jr.

YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION CO-CHAIRS
Kristina Hultman
Mary-Rose Watson

DIRECTORS
Bruce J. Balon
Angela L. Carr
Kevin J. Flannery
Joel K. Gerstenblatt
Edward L. Gnys
Ryan C. Hurley
Paul M. Kessimian
Holly R. Rao
Kevin N. Rolando
William F. White
Kyle Zambarano

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael B. Isaacs




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Defense Counsel of Rhode Island

Defense Counsel of Rhode Island is the state association of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. Members of DCRI include lawyers engaged in private practice, corporate counsel and insurance company counsel.

Mission Statement

Defense Counsel of Rhode Island is committed to enhancing the skills, effectiveness, and professionalism of civil defense lawyers through the provision of resources, continuing legal education and opportunities for collegiality. DCRI is committed to advancing the interests of the civil defense bar and their clients. DCRI advocates for improvements in the civil justice system and a balanced litigation environment.

Representing and Assisting the Defense Bar

DCRI is committed to enhancing the skills, effectiveness, and professionalism of civil defense lawyers through the provision of resources, continuing legal education and opportunities for collegiality.

We offer CLE courses designed to be of practical benefit to defense lawyers. Other activities of the association include our Annual Meeting in June, a political action committee (Defense Counsel PAC) fundraising event, a winter holiday reception and a summer social event.

There is a Young Lawyers Division committed to serving the needs and interests of younger attorneys.

DCRI is committed to advancing the interests of the civil defense bar and their clients. DCRI advocates for improvements in the civil justice system and a balanced litigation environment before the General Assembly and the courts. Our executive director monitors and testifies on legislation of importance to defense attorneys and their clients. He emails and posts on the website a chart showing the status of legislation we are following. In turn, providing information on legislation to your firm's clients can add value to the legal services you provide.

We also represent the interests of the defense bar before the judiciary. We have filed amicus briefs on issues of concern, and we have filed comments on court rules.

Through our annual meeting and other gatherings, DCRI provides an opportunity for attorneys to get together with colleagues to socialize and discuss issues of common interest.

Joining DCRI

To join DCRI, click on one of the membership application links below. Fill in and print out the application, then mail it to the address on the form. For more information on the association, please see the DCRI Bylaws.
Membership Application - New Members
Membership Renewal Form