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Bruce H. Tobey - Johnston, RI

Northwoods Office Park1301 Atwood Ave.Suite 215 N Johnston, RI 02919

Updated: 06/23/2022

Johnston Business & Municipal Law Lawyer


Bruce H. Tobey is Of Counsel with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC. His practice focuses on representing government entities as well as private sector clients in the areas of public contracts, water law, environmental policy, programs and financial and regulatory matters, sustainability, and governance.

Attorney Tobey's extensive experience includes representing numerous Massachusetts cities and towns in a variety of environmental and other public law matters...

About Bruce H. Tobey

Practice Areas

  • Business & Municipal Law
  • Water Law
  • Municipal and Water Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Of Counsel

Representative Clients

  • Represented the Budget Commission for the City of Woonsocket, Rhode Island to assist in determining the appropriate procurement structure in order for the City to fund construction programs for the City’s drinking water system. The project included a design-build-operate structure as well as a comprehensive review of the operational, financial and maintenance operations for the water utility.
  • Served as counsel to assist Palm Beach Aggregates, LLC, Florida with respect to planning the development of the C-51 Reservoir as an alternative water supply project for South Florida. The project will include the design, permitting, financing and construction to deliver the reservoir in predetermined phases. The first phase will provide 35-MGD of water to public water utilities in Broward County and Palm Beach County which choose to participate in this innovative public-private partnership. Representing the project developer, PLDO has worked to advance the project by engaging target communities in an analytical process address¬ing capital and long-term operating costs, contracting issues, governance concerns and regulatory matters.
  • Served as counsel to assist the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York in the development and negotiation of a contract to privatize operations, maintenance and management at the two wastewater treatment facilities owned by the Town.
  • Served as a member of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Metropolitan Utility Authority (“TMUA”) Infrastructure Management Group’s team of professional advisors and consultants conducting a comprehensive assessment of the water and sewer system for the TMUA. The management team’s PLDO members reviewed and analyzed the legal structure, lease agreements and operating and maintenance contracts, which define TMUA governance protocols and its relationship with the City of Tulsa as it fulfills its charge to provide water and wastewater services. It also evaluated the service contracts which exist between TMUA and additional communities and identified the impacts of covenants contained within TMUA’s bonds, as well as assisted with the development of strategic options such as public-private partnerships.
  • Represented the Town of Mansfield, Connecticut to develop and negotiate several contracts that will supplement its water supply so vital economic development projects can proceed. The first contract is between the Town and a regulated water utility that will be supplying water to Mansfield through a system currently owned and operated by the University of Connecticut (“UConn”), while the second (between the Town and UConn) will govern the rights and responsibilities of each under this new supply arrangement. Each contract involves the resolution of many complex issues, including operational, ownership, cost and rate matters.
  • Represented the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Board, New York to conduct a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the Intermunicipal Agreements between the City of Binghamton and the Village of Johnson City which created the Board, the agreements between the Board and its outside users and each of the outside user’s local sewage laws. Additionally, PLDO attorneys analyzed Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permits, the Laws of the Joint Sewage Treatment Plant and the Rules and Regulations of the Joint Sewage Treatment Plant. PLDO attorneys concluded that the Board did in fact have the authority to unilaterally impose flow management on each user of its system.
  • Served the Warwick Sewer Authority in Rhode Island by conducting a comprehensive review of the legal framework that governs its operations, which includes both local ordinances and state statutes, and presenting recommendations for potential amendments to that existing legal framework.
  • Represented the Town of Winthrop, Massachusetts in its negotiations with Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, LLC for a surrounding community mitigation agreement under the Expanded Gaming Act in Massachusetts. PLDO guided the Town through all aspects of the Expanded Gaming Act and Massachusetts Gaming commission regulations to negotiate, gain disbursements of funds for assessment of the impacts of Mohegan Sun’s proposed casino, and achieve a successful surrounding community mitigation agreement with the proposed operator of the Category 1 resort casino in Revere, Massachusetts. Attorneys also represented the Town before all Gaming Commission hearings and proceedings on casino mitigation matters pursuant to the Expanded Gaming Act and Gaming Commission regulations.
  • Represented the Town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts in its application to be designated a surrounding community to the Category 2 casino under the Expanded Gaming Act and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission regulations. Represented the Town in its negotiations with the Cordish Company, the proposed operator of the casino, as well as before the Gaming Commission at meetings and public hearings on its application for designation as a surrounding community.
  • Served as a member of the Water Research Foundation’s multidiscipline research team for two national studies for the water and wastewater industries that drafted and produced a 2013 report entitled, “Water Utility Legal Protection and Claims Management From Infrastructure Failure,” and currently leading a team that will produce a report to be published later in 2017 entitled, “Public-Private Partnership Opportunities for Water and Resource Water Utility Energy Projects: Best Practices Guide.”


Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Massachusetts


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1978
    Law Review: Suffolk University Law School, Member
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1975
    Major: Russian
  • Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, 2005

Past Positions

  • Gloucester, Massachusetts, Mayor/CEO, 1991 - 1992
  • Gloucester, Massachusetts, Mayor/CEO, 1994 - 2002
  • U.S. Coast Guard Judge Advocate General Corps, Lieutenant, 1978 - 1982

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Office Information


Northwoods Office Park1301 Atwood Ave.Suite 215 N Johnston, RI 02919


  • (401) 824-5123



  • P3s and the Water–Energy Nexus: Opportunities for Water Sector Energy Projects
  • Public-Private Partnership Opportunities for Water and Water Resource Recovery Utility Energy Projects
  • U.S. Water Utilities Often Need Guidance to Manage and Avoid Costly Claims and Legal Issues
  • Medical Marijuana Business Regulatory Landscape in Rhode Island and Other States
  • Water Utility Legal Protection and Claims Management From Infrastructure Failure
  • PLDO Business MATTERS

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