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William M. Dolan, III Joins Donoghue Barrett & Singal's Providence Office as Partner

The addition of William M. Dolan, III to Donoghue Barrett & Singal's Providence office is another significant milestone in the firm's plan for growth. Dolan practices in the areas of commercial litigation, professional ethics and malpractice, bankruptcy, and construction law.

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PROVIDENCE, RI, April 17, 2014 – Continuing a major expansion of its legal services in Rhode Island, Donoghue Barrett & Singal (DBS) announced today that William M. Dolan, III is joining its Providence office as a partner. Dolan comes to DBS from the Rhode Island office of Brown Rudnick where he served as the firm’s Managing Director of Litigation and as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer. He officially joins DBS on May 5.

Well-known in Rhode Island for his work in the state and federal courts in the region, Dolan practices in the areas of commercial litigation, professional ethics and malpractice, bankruptcy, and construction law. He also has extensive experience as an arbitrator and mediator. In his most recent high-profile case, Dolan represented the City of Providence in the successful defense and settlement of groundbreaking class action pension reform litigation.

The appointment of Dolan marks the second time in the past three months that DBS has announced an expansion of the depth and scope of its Rhode Island practice. In February, Atty. Stephen F. Del Sesto, a noted business and insolvency attorney, joined DBS from Shechtman Halperin Savage of Pawtucket.

Jeffrey Chase-Lubitz, managing partner of the DBS Providence office, said, “The addition of Bill Dolan to our team is another significant milestone in our plan for growth in Rhode Island. For the past 25 years, Bill has demonstrated his skill and talent in winning high-stakes cases for plaintiffs and defendants. His broad experience, keen insights, and knowledge of the region’s state and federal courts will greatly benefit our clients. We are delighted to have him on board.”

Dolan said, “I am honored to join Jeff Chase-Lubitz and Steve Del Sesto in the Providence office to further expand DBS’ presence in Rhode Island. Having practiced law in the region, I am aware of their track record of success and integrity as lawyers of the highest caliber. By joining forces, we offer comprehensive services in healthcare, major litigation, professional malpractice, and matters involving distressed companies and governmental entities.”

Among Dolan’s most notable cases are the successful defense of the State of Rhode Island in a $750 million litigation matter involving Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare; a jury verdict for a Fortune 500 company on a multi-million claim arising from the acquisition of two power production facilities in New England;  and co-counsel to the State of R.I. in the prosecution and settlement of claims against tobacco companies resulting in the historic master settlement agreement that awarded the state $1 billion in damages.

Dolan, who is an adjunct professor of constitutional law at the University of Rhode Island, was recognized by Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the area of construction law and in the 2013 edition for construction law and litigation. He has bar admissions in Rhode Island, Maryland, U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the districts of R.I. and Maryland, the Supreme Court of R.I., and Maryland Court of Appeals. Bill also will be working with the DBS Litigation Practice in Boston on Massachusetts cases.

He earned his J.D. from Emory University and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Rhode Island. Dolan is a resident of Providence.

Dolan will be joined at DBS by William K. Wray, currently an associate at Brown Rudnick.

About Donoghue Barrett & Singal

Donoghue Barrett & Singal (DBS) has offices in Boston and Providence, R.I. The firm, now observing its 25th anniversary, has one of the largest healthcare practices in New England. DBS provides strategic and legal counsel across health law, litigation, and government relations. The firm combines deep industry knowledge, dynamic thinking, and a collaborative approach to help clients achieve their most important objectives. The firm’s expertise covers a broad spectrum of legal services in nearly 30 industries. DBS co-founder Roger Donoghue is also a principal in Murphy Donoghue Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of DBS that was formed in November 2013. Murphy Donoghue Partners, which shares office space with DBS in Boston, provides comprehensive lobbying services and strategies to a diverse group of clients.

For more information on Donoghue Barrett & Singal visit: www.dbslawfirm.com

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