NEW: Former Attorneys General Lynch & Pine Announce New Firm

Monday, June 24, 2013


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Former Rhode Island Attorneys General Patrick C. Lynch (2003-2011) and Jeffrey B. Pine (1993-1999) today jointly announced that their respective law firms will merge effective July 1, 2013. 

The Patrick Lynch Law Firm, LLC and Jeffrey B. Pine, Esq., PC, Attorneys at Law, will forms a new, combined firm, Lynch and Pine, Attorneys at Law. The firm will offer clients full service legal resources with specialists in all manner of litigation, including criminal defense, white collar crime, personal injury, family law, estate planning and a variety of business services including commercial litigation, dispute resolution, corporate compliance and government investigations.

The new law firm will be located at the offices of the Patrick Lynch Law Firm on the Fifth floor at One Park Row Providence, RI which also houses Lynch’s consulting firm, the Patrick Lynch Group, which he also established in 2011.

Rapid growth, new partnerships

“Since founding the Patrick Lynch Law Firm in 2011, we have been pleasantly surprised by our rapid growth,” said Lynch. “Our original goal has been to offer as many different services as possible to as wide array of clients as possible. We’re fortunate, in only two years, to have grown into new markets with clients and new practices. Our need to expand the firm and bring in additional legal talent has been evident for some time.”

“Jeff and I have known each other for more than 20 years and over the past two years The Patrick Lynch Law Firm has had occasion to work with him, successfully, on a variety of legal matters," Lynch said. "Jeff Pine is one of the most respected and sought-after litigators in the region. This merger adds value and counsel to all of our clients."

After concluding his service to the people of Rhode Island over two terms from 1993-1999, former Attorney General Pine established the law firm Jeffrey B. Pine Esq. P.C. in Providence. Over the past fourteen years his firm has handled a variety of cases in the areas of criminal defense, white collar crime, business litigation, civil litigation, government investigation, serious personal injury cases, real estate and family law.

“Since establishing my firm in 1999, I have had the privilege of representing my clients in a variety of criminal and civil matters, and my areas of practice have grown and expanded during this time," said Pine. "Over the past twenty years in both the public and private sectors. I have worked with and respected Attorney General Lynch and the attorneys in his firm, and I am looking forward to working together again providing excellent legal representation to our clients.”

Former prosecutors Deaton, Dawson, part of team

In addition to partnering with fellow Former Attorney General Lynch, Pine will also be joining former prosecutors, Maria F. Deaton and Matthew S. Dawson. “Our complement of seasoned litigators brings invaluable experience in complex cases in every Court in the State of Rhode Island,” said Lynch. “That experience will better serve our clients growing and varied needs.”

Mr. Dawson served as the Criminal Division’s Deputy Chief of the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office from 2005 until early 2011, capping a 21-year career at the Department of Attorney General serving during the O’Neil, Whitehouse, Pine and Lynch administrations. During his service, Dawson directly supervised all of the specialized prosecution units, including Appellate, District Court, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Elder Abuse, Extraditions, Intake, Juvenile, Medical Fraud, Narcotics and Organised Crime, Probation Violations and the White Collar Crime Unit, all while maintaining a full and diverse felony caseload. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island and earned his law degree from the New England School of Law.

Deaton brings a range of legal and managerial experience to private practice, having served as a solo practitioner and managing partner in her own law firm early in his career. Deaton specialized in prosecuting gun cases during most of her five-plus years’ service at the Department of Attorney General including serving as the office’s designated firearms prosecutor, in which capacity she served as the department liaison with the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island and screened all gun cases in Rhode Island. Previously, Ms. Deaton also served as a prosecturo in the Cape Cod and the Islands District Attorney’s Office, where she tried more than 100 cases before juries. She graduated from Providence College and earned her law degree from the New England School of Law.

Ongoing operations

In additon to Lynch and Pine, Attorneys at Law, Former Attorney General Lynch will continue to operate the Patrick Lynch Group, a consulting firm that he established with Jefferson B. Guimond. Mr. Guimond previously served as then Attorney General Lynch’s Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs from 2007 and 2011, and before that, as the director of legislative and governmental affairs to former Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty from 2003 to 2006. Since 2011, Lynch and Guimond have focused on building the government and public affairs side of the Rhode Island based consulting practie. The Patrick Lynch Group advises trade associations and corporation on their regulatory responsibility with a focus on government affairs, public affairs and business development. A particular area of focus natural to Lynch and Guimond is in matters involving Attorneys General especially as Lynch served in many leadership positions for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) including a term as President in 2008.

“This was always part of the plan –to be able to offer as many different services as possible to as wide a range of clients as possible,” he said. “We’re on target with our goals on the strategic and consulting side of business and now is the right time to grow our litigation practice. This merger represents only the beginning of what we hope to accomplish with our new firm,” said Lynch.


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