ROBERT A. D’AMICO, II

SENIOR PARTNER

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Small Business Consulting, Sales & Acquisitions
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Real Estate transactions and development

Biography

Bob D’Amico is the managing partner of D’Amico · Burchfield. Having a broad range of experience in many areas of the law, combined with his strong business background, Bob prides himself on providing honest, practical, real-life solutions and advice to guide clients in making the right decisions on important legal matters. He draws from his many years of experience both within and beyond the practice of law and business, to offer a diverse perspective and approach to solving any legal problem.

Bob understands that clients come first and he is dedicated to providing a superior level of client service, uncommon in today’s legal profession.  Simple things like promptly returning client phone calls and responding to client e-mail are some of his top priorities.  Regardless of the size or scale of a person’s legal problem, Bob and the entire team at D’Amico · Burchfield are dedicated to providing advice and zealous representation to clients from all walks of life.

Education

Suffolk University Law School
(J.D., cum laude, 1991)

Bentley College
(B.S., magna cum laude, 1988) 

Court Admissions

  • 1991 – Rhode Island
  • 1992 – Massachusetts
  • 1992 – U.S. District Court, District of RI

Selected Professional and Civic Activities

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
  • Justinian Law Society
  • Former Chairman of Board of Directors Junior Achievement of RI
  • Treasurer of Federal Hill Commerce Association
  • Director and Treasurer of Cranston Lacrosse Club

Publications

  • Author: “Civil Remedies and the Domestic Abuse Victim: Does Rhode Island Provide Sufficient Relief?”
    25 Suffolk Law Review (1991).

Reported Cases

  • Metro Properties v. Yatsko, 763 A.2d 617 (R.I. 2000)
  • Black vs. Vaiciulis, 934 A.2d 216 (R.I. 2007)
  • DeMarco v. Travelers Insurance Co., 26 A.3d 585 (R.I. 2011)
  • DeMarco v. Travelers Insurance Co., 102 A.3d 616 (R.I. 2014)

E-Mail:  RAD@DBLawRI.com

JIMMY BURCHFIELD, JR.

SENIOR PARTNER

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Workers Compensation
  • Sports Law
  • Products Liability
  • Civil Litigation

Biography

Jimmy, a founding partner at DB Law, devotes most of his practice to fighting insurance companies on behalf of those injured due to the wrongful acts or negligence of others. Jimmy has recovered more than $25 million dollars for his clients through his experience and aggressive litigation skills. Jimmy understands that the “legal system” is often confusing and uncertain for his clients and makes sure to effectively explain the challenges ahead. 

Jimmy graduated from Boston University and Suffolk Law School. He was a law clerk for the Rhode Island Supreme Court and then went into private practice representing injured clients. Jimmy is also legal counsel to CES Boxing and CES MMA, a promotional company started by his father over 25 years ago.

Jimmy is proud of his reputation as an experienced litigator always ready and willing to fight for his clients.

Education

Suffolk University Law School
( J.D., 1989)

Boston University
( B.S., 1985)

Court Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, District of RI, 1990

Selected Professional and Civic Activities

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
  • Justinian Law Society
  • Junior Achievement of RI, Board Member
  • Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (R.I.S.E), Board Member

Publications

  • Author: “When Deprived Of Constitutional Safeguards, An Alien May Collaterally Attack A Previous Deportation Order In An 8 U.S.C. § 1326 Criminal Prosecution”
    12 Suffolk Transnational Law Journal 503 (1989).

Reported Cases

  • DeMarco v. Travelers Insurance Co., 26 A.3d 585 (R.I. 2011)
  • DeMarco v. Travelers Insurance Co., 102 A.3d 616 (R.I. 2014)

E-Mail: JVB@DBLAwRI.com

WILLIAM V. DEVINE

PARTNER
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Criminal defense from capital offenses to misdemeanors, including murder, child molestation, robbery, and other felony and misdemeanor offenses such as driving while intoxicated/impaired and breathalyzer refusals
  • Post-conviction relief petitions, capital, and noncapital offenses
  • Civil litigation
  • Family law
  • Personal Injury

Biography

Bill practices in the firm’s Litigation Group and is a seasoned trial attorney. He has enjoyed success in numerous jury and non-jury trials in Rhode Island litigating workers compensation, misdemeanor and serious felony criminal matters, divorce, custody, visitation and child support matters.

Bill is an expert at integrating today’s modern computer technology in his approach to litigating cases, both inside and out of the courtroom, which provides him with a competitive advantage over other lawyers who do not have the same philosophy.

Education

Suffolk University Law School
( J.D., 1987)

Boston College
( B.A., 1984)

Selected Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

E-Mail: WVD@DBLawRI.com

PATRICK F. DOWLING, JR.

PARTNER

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Social Security Claims
  • Felony and Misdemeanor Criminal Defense
  • Municipal and State Traffic Tribunal Trials and Appeals
  • Domestic Matters including Child Custody and Support
  • Civil Litigation

Biography

Patrick Dowling, Jr. is a Partner at D’Amico · Burchfield with a broad range of experience and demonstrated success in a number of different practice areas.  He is a successful civil and criminal litigator with significant practical experience in Family Court matters, residential and commercial eviction matters, mortgage foreclosure litigation, misdemeanor and felony criminal defense, and complex estate planning matters.

Whether it is settling a domestic dispute in Family Court, negotiating a plea agreement in criminal court, or creating a trust to minimize taxes on a multi-million dollar estate, Patrick sees each case as a new and unique opportunity to have a positive and long-lasting impact on the lives of his clients.

A native Rhode Islander, Patrick relishes in the opportunity to champion the legal rights of all his clients.

Education

Vermont Law School
( J.D., cum laude, 2003)

University of Rhode Island
( B.S., 2000)

Court Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 2003
  • Massachusetts, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, District of RI, 200

Selected Professional and Civic Activities

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

E-Mail: PFD@DBLawRI.com

D’Amico · Burchfield Wins $2.8 million Award for Man Injured in Horrific Car Accident – One of the Largest Personal Injury Awards in RI History

A Providence County Superior Court jury has returned a verdict of $2.1 million in a personal injury trial. The case involved a man who was severely injured in a car accident in September of 2003. The man was a passenger in a vehicle that hit two telephone poles on Warwick Avenue in Cranston. The accident crushed his right leg and foot. The jaws of life were used to extricate him from the vehicle. Only through extraordinary efforts including 8 surgeries were doctors able to save the man’s leg. The injury left him with multiple metal rods and pins in his leg, a permanent limp, limited mobility in his ankle, and a 22% full body impairment. The $2.1 million jury award followed an intense five day trial and is believed to be one of the largest in a personal injury case in many years. With interest, the verdict totaled almost $3 million. D’Amico • Burchfield utilized state of the art technology for visual presentation and introduced extensive medical testimony from orthopedic and plastic surgeons to allow the jury to clearly visualize the magnitude of the injury.

Utility Settles Residents’ Suit Over Mercury Spill

The gas company Southern Union will pay an undisclosed amount of money to 90 Pawtucket residents in a confidential settlement of a federal lawsuit stemming from a 2004 mercury spill, the residents’ lawyer said Friday. Residents sued in U.S. District Court, Providence, after some local youths in 2004 broke into a building at 91 Tidewater St. that was owned by Southern Union, the Texas-based utility. The youths found liquid mercury being illegally stored in a locked cabinet in a vacant building; they smashed jars of the substance and dumped a container of it at the nearby Lawn Terrace Apartments. The ensuing cleanup cost the company $6.6 million. Clean Harbor Environmental Services, an environmental firm hired by Southern Union to clean up the mercury spill, is also contributing to the settlement.

In October 2008, Southern Union was convicted by a federal jury on one count of illegally storing liquid mercury without a permit but was found not guilty on two other counts. Prosecutors had accused the company of failing to report the mercury release on its property. Mercury is a toxic substance that can affect the central nervous system. According to court records, sentencing, which was slated for earlier this year, has not happened. Southern Union this year filed a motion seeking a new trial. U.S. District Judge William E. Smith ruled July 9 that the maximum fine that can be imposed in the criminal case is $38.1 million (at the maximum rate of $50,000 a day). Southern Union sold its Rhode Island holdings — New England Gas Company — to National Grid in 2006. National Grid is not a defendant.