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William E. O'Gara

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Partner
Location:
Providence, Rhode Island
Phone:
401-824-5100
866-353-3310 (Toll Free)
Fax:
401-824-5123
Email:

William E. O'Gara is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC and leads the firm's Litigation and Employment Teams. He is a highly respected labor and employment law practitioner with a significant depth of experience handling diverse matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Rhode Island Commission on Human Rights and the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. O'Gara routinely represents employers in matters ranging from sexual harassment to retirement issues. His diverse practice includes defending wrongful termination and discrimination claims, contract negotiations and matters of union representation.

Mr. O'Gara is a frequent lecturer on human resources management topics, and is a contributor and editor of human resource and personnel policy handbooks and guides for small and large private and public sector entities. He is also the editor of the firm's monthly Employment ADVISORY.

Attorney O'Gara is a co-founder of the firm. His prior experience includes working with the national law firms of Bingham, Dana & Gould and Holland & Knight. He earned his J.D. from Northeastern University and his Master's in Industrial Relations from the University of Rhode Island. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • Rhode Island, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1989
  • University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
    • M.A. - 1984
    • Major: Industrial Relations

Classes/Seminars

  • Frequent Lecturer, Human Resources Management Topics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • New York Bar Association, Member, Fourth District Bar Association Ethics Committee
  • Society of Human Resources Management, Member
  • Human Resources Management of Rhode Island, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Bingham, Dana & Gould and Holland & Knight

Pro Bono Activities

  • Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island
  • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
  • Nickerson Community Center
  • East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
  • Northern RI Chamber of Commerce