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Patrick J. McBurney - Johnston, RI

1301 Atwood Ave. Suite 215 N Johnston, RI 02919

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Updated: 05/08/2024

Johnston Litigation Lawyer


Patrick J. McBurney is an Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC and a member of the Corporate & Business and Litigation Teams...

Patrick J. McBurney is an Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC and a member of the Corporate & Business and Litigation Teams. He is an accomplished zoning and land use lawyer and litigator with significant experience helping clients navigate through the complex areas of federal, state and municipal policies and regulations regarding permitting, variance approvals and other zoning-related compliance matters such as special permitting applications, land acquisition and public project development. His successful litigation practice includes representing clients from pre-trial investigation and discovery to preparing motions and pleadings through trial, settlement and the appeal process.

Attorney McBurney’s practice also includes administrative and contract law including resolving breach of contract claims and mechanic lien disputes. He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, including the construction industry, and routinely represents clients before state courts and agencies as well as municipal boards and authorities. For the past two years, he was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® as a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for his professional excellence in commercial litigation, and was named a Rhode Island Super Lawyers Rising Star, a distinction that recognizes the top 2.5 percent of Rhode Island lawyers under the age of 40 or those in practice for 10 years or less.

Attorney McBurney earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and was Associate Managing Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. He served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Associate Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and for the Honorable Associate Justice Michael Silverstein of the Rhode Island Superior Court. He graduated with a B.A. in Government from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, magna cum laude. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is an Associate Judge for the City of Pawtucket (RI) Municipal Court.

About Patrick J. McBurney

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Corporate & Business
  • Construction Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Minnesota

Other Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Pawtucket Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association


  • St. John's University School of Law, 2013
    Law Review: American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Associate Managing Editor
  • St. John’s University, Queens, New York, 2010
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Government


Other Sources of Feedback About Patrick J. McBurney

Included on the 2023 Rhode Island list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Patrick J. McBurney on Super Lawyers


Office Information


1301 Atwood Ave. Suite 215 N Johnston, RI 02919


  • (401) 824-5123



  • The Bankrupt Politician: A Study of the Relationship Between Bankruptcy and Campaign Finance Funds, and a Proposal for Change, 22 AM. BANKR. INST. L. REV. 267, (Winter 2014)
  • In re Pichhi; Modifications of Multi-Family Home Mortgages, 4 ST. JOHN'S BANKR. RESEARCH LIBR. No. 20 (2012)
  • Continued commercial use allowed in zoning dispute

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