Robert Clark Corrente

Partner

Bob has over 35 years of trial experience in business litigation in both federal and state courts. He served from 2004 to 2009 as the United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island, the office responsible for prosecuting all federal criminal and civil cases in the State. He has tried over 50 cases to verdict, as well as many arbitrations. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases, including antitrust litigation, real estate and contract disputes, intra-corporate and partnership disputes, business valuation, accounting malpractice, fiduciary duty claims, trust and estate disputes, receivership, environmental, securities fraud and Section 10b-5, civil RICO, legal malpractice defense, medical malpractice, and premises liability. He also maintains an active Government Investigations and White Collar Defense practice, and provides mediation and arbitration services.

EDUCATION

  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., highest distinction

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • WHELAN CORRENTE & FLANDERS LLP
    Partner (2015 – Present)
  • BURNS & LEVINSON LLP
    Partner (2009 – 2015)
  • U.S. ATTORNEY FOR THE DISTRICT OF RHODE ISLAND (2004 – 2009)
  • HINCKELY, ALLEN & SNYDER LLP
    Partner (1998 – 2004), Associate (1981 – 1985)
  • CORRENTE, BRILL & KUSINITZ
    Founder and Managing Partner (1988 – 1998)
  • WISTOW & BARYLICK
    Associate (1985 – 1988)

SPECIAL HONORS

  • 2020 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” award recipient for Litigation-Environmental
  • 2019 Super Lawyers Top Attorney in Business Litigation
  • Selected by his peers as the 2018 Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Providence
  • Selected by his peers as the 2017 Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” for Providence
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers in America (2003-2017) in the categories of Commercial Litigation, Corporate Governance Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Selected for inclusion in Rhode Island Super Lawyers (2007, 2012 – 2014)
  • Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers
  • Mr. Corrente has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell with its highest rating of “AV”.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Fellow, Rhode Island Bar Foundation
  • Member, National Association of Former United States Attorneys

PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURESHIPS

  • Mr. Corrente serves as Legal Analyst for WPRI-12, providing commentary on current trials and legal proceedings
  • Mr. Corrente has taught extensively for CLE programs, and as a guest lecturer at Roger Williams University School of Law, Salve Regina University and the United States Naval War College.
  • Book Review: Bruce DeSilva’s “Rogue Island’, www.golocalprov.com, June 2011
  • Mr. Corrente was interviewed in 2014 by Rhode Island Public Radio regarding Federal Corruption Probes
  • Speaker, Rhode Island Bar Association’s Annual Meeting (2010) regarding National Security

CHARITABLE AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

  • Common Cause, Excellence in Public Service Award (2011)
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court Ethics Advisory Panel (1997 – 2004), Panel Chair (2002 – 2004)
  • Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Commission (1998 – 2000)
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, Board of Advisors and Pro Bono Advisory Board (2012 – 2014)
  • Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Board of Directors (2009 – 2012)

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