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William P. Devereaux - Johnston, RI

1301 Atwood Ave. Suite 215 N Johnston, RI 02919

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Updated: 06/01/2022

Johnston Criminal Defense Lawyer


William P. Devereaux is a Principal with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC and leads the firm's Criminal Defense Team. Attorney Devereaux is a prominent and highly respected criminal and civil litigator, who also has contributed considerable time and effort throughout his thirty five years of practice to provide pro bono legal representation to nonprofit organizations, and has served on several charitable boards...

About William P. Devereaux

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Health Care
  • Litigation
  • Cyber Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Principal


Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1979
  • Rhode Island, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Other Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Professional Excellence in Law Award, Rhode Island Monthly


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1979
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1975

Past Positions

  • U.S. Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps, Captain
  • U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, Senior Defense Counsel, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • State of Rhode Island, Assistant Attorney General


Other Sources of Feedback About William P. Devereaux

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
  • 2019 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list

View the profile for William P. Devereaux on Super Lawyers


  • New England Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation Defense
  • Pro Bono Publico Recipient, RI Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers in America/RI Metropolitan Area
  • AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America Recipient
  • Criminal Defense Super Lawyer

Representative Clients

  • Representation involving breach of contract/title insurance litigation in a variety of civil matters, including a trespass and title case involving a complex dispute between corporate owners and occupiers of land. Lead counsel in the defense of the Narragansett Indian Tribe in a breach of contract action brought by a large national gaming company.
  • Successfully handled the representation of a local hospital that was investigated by the FBI for honest services fraud allegations involving the former CEO's hiring of a part-time state senator as well as Medicaid fraud allegations. Negotiated the first Deferred Prosecution Agreement involving a health care provider in the country.
  • Represented employees of Beacon Mutual Insurance Co. in a grand jury investigation.
  • Represented the speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives in a state grand jury investigation regarding alleged fraud in a workers' compensation insurance matter. The representation resulted in no indictments.
  • Represented the president of the Rhode Island State Senate in a federal grand jury investigation involving certain regional banks. The representation resulted in no indictments.
  • Successfully defended a corporate client in Massachusetts Superior Court in the wrongful death case of a teenager.
  • Successfully defended a national insurance company in coverage denial claims.
  • Appointed to head the first environmental crimes unit of the RI Attorney General Office as a former assistant attorney general for the state of Rhode Island. In this position and in the private sector, handled both civil and criminal cases involving issues regarding storing, transporting and disposing of hazardous waste materials. In the civil context, successfully represented a local fire district whose property was contaminated by an oil company, a metal recycling facility investigated by state and federal authorities for alleged civil and criminal violations, and a Rhode Island waste hauler who had been sued by the U.S. government.
  • Successfully defended the Rhode Island Lottery Commission in a highly publicized case in which the former executive director alleged wrongful termination and certain pension benefits.
  • Successfully defended Cigna Insurance Co. and the University of Rhode Island in an action alleging gender discrimination and anti-trust violations in the administration of the university's health services plan.
  • Handled the litigation of a trespass and title case involving a complex dispute between corporate owners and occupiers of land. Achieved a significant victory when the judge denied the plaintiffs' ability to seek punitive damages after a lengthy hearing.
  • Defended the Narragansett Indian Tribe in a breach of contract action brought by a large national gaming company.
  • Successfully handled a property damage claim initially brought by the U.S. trustee in bankruptcy against a large corporate warehousing facility.
  • Successfully defended a corporate client in Massachusetts Superior Court in the wrongful death case of a teenager. The jury returned a verdict for the defendant.
  • Represented a national insurance company in several successful cases during a multiyear period concerning denial of insurance coverage due to fraud and failure of the insured to cooperate.

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1301 Atwood Ave. Suite 215 N Johnston, RI 02919


  • 401-824-5123



  • Criminal Defense Attorneys Obtain Deferred Prosecution Agreement for Health Care Organization — First In The Nation
  • $14M forfeiture order upheld in fraud case, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Interview

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