James J. Skeffington: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

James J. Skeffington

Providence,  RI  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation Management
  • Business Law
  • Public Finance
University Boston College, B.S., 1964
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law School, J.D., 1967; Boston University, LL.M. in Taxation, 1969
Admitted1967, Rhode Island


American Bar Association - Section on Taxation, Subcommittee on Tax-Exempt State and Local Obligations
National Association of Bond Lawyers
American College of Bond Counsel (Member, Board of Directors)
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce (Member, Board of Directors)
Bryant University Board of Trustees
Providence College Board of Trustees
Massachusetts Business Roundtable

BornProvidence, Rhode Island, April 29, 1942

James Skeffington concentrates his practice in the areas of development, financing, syndication, leasing projects for governmental and private enterprise and management of civil and employment litigation for large multi-state corporations. He has been named a Rhode Island Super Lawyer since 2007 by Thomson Reuters. James has also been listed in the Best Lawyers in America publication for his work in Public Finance Law.
•Served as a draftsman of the Rhode Island Business Corporation Business Act and several statutes creating public authorities which finance industrial development, health care institutions, educational institutions, and a variety of other public purpose projects throughout the country.

•Author of legislation designed to make Rhode Island a financial service center. He served as lead counsel to Fidelity Investments in the development of its national service center and to CVS Corporation in the development of new corporate headquarters and service facilities.

•Lead counsel in the development of major public and private joint ventures such as the Rhode Island Convention Center, the Providence Westin Hotel and the $350 Million Providence Place Mall.

•Created and managed programs for multi-state business entities in connection with the consolidation and defense of employment and civil litigation matters.

•Lead counsel to Boston Red Sox regarding special development projects.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Jim is very involved with community activities. He is a founding member of the Coalition for Community Development; Chairman Emeritus of the John E. Fogarty Foundation for the Mentally Retarded; a former member of the Board of Visitors of Georgetown University Law Center; recipient of The 2009 Gold Heart of the Year Award by The Rhode Island American Heart Association.

Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes 35 Edwards Wildman Lawyers for Excellence
June 4, 2014
Best Lawyers Recognizes 54 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
October 16, 2013
Chambers USA 2013 Ranks 36 Edwards Wildman Lawyers in 17 Practice Areas
May 28, 2013
Best Lawyers Recognizes 56 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
September 27, 2012
Chambers USA 2012 Ranks 33 Edwards Wildman Lawyers in 17 Practice Areas
June 7, 2012
Jim Skeffington Honored by Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America
July 5, 2011
Firm Recognized by Chambers USA in 17 Categories
June 21, 2011
EAPD Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in Super Lawyers 2010
October 7, 2010
Sixty EAPD Attorneys Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America
August 10, 2010
Chambers and Partners Recognizes EAPD in Nineteen Areas
June 23, 2010


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James J. Skeffington

2800 Financial Plaza
ProvidenceRI 02903


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