Joseph Avanzato

Joseph Avanzato: Attorney with Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.


Joseph has achieved notable success for his commercial litigation, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, health care and technology clients-and recognition by his peers and legal organizations for top performance-by working to understand clients’ underlying business issues and goals, and then tailoring innovative solutions to their complex problems. His client-focused approach also extends to numerous Asian clients, helping guide them through the American legal system. Having worked in Japan and other Asian countries for four years, Joseph is attuned to cross-cultural issues and conversant in Japanese.

The veteran trial and appellate litigator has successfully handled multimillion dollar cases for varied businesses in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and federal courts. He has also represented clients in major bankruptcy and receivership cases in Rhode Island.

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•Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2007-2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights and Appellate Law.
Best Lawyers' 2019 Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Practice, Providence.
Best Lawyers' 2018 Lawyer of the Year, Bankruptcy, Providence.
Best Lawyers' 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Practice, Providence.
•Selected as a Rhode Island Super Lawyer, 2007-2016.
•AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for attorneys.
•Served as judicial law clerk to Judge Joseph J. Longobardi, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
•Summa cum laude graduate and valedictorian, American University, Washington College of Law.

Seminars / Publications

•Speaker at Seminar on E-Commerce in Rhode Island - Legal & Business Issues.
•Speaker at Seminar on Law of the Internet in Rhode Island.
•Served as executive editor, American University Law Review.


D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

By Joseph Avanzato on June 28, 2016 It’s Your Business Blog

On June 14, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Commerce Commission’s...

Posted In: Business Law

Maintain Separation Between A Nonprofit And The Foundation That Supports It

By Joseph Avanzato on June 7, 2016 It’s Your Business Blog

A nonprofit corporation is a business with assets and liabilities just like any other business. When a nonprofit runs into...

Posted In: Bankruptcy Law, Business Law

Copyrights Don’t Last Forever-Not Even For Mickey Mouse Or “Happy Birthday”

By Joseph Avanzato and Jamie J. Bachant on March 22, 2016 It’s Your Business Blog

Copyright expiration is a deadline that demands your business’ attention. Because copyrights last for decades, monitoring their expiration dates often...

Posted In: Business Law, Intellectual Property

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Employers Must Periodically Review Investment Options In 401(k) Plans And Remove Imprudent Funds

By Joseph Avanzato on October 13, 2015 It’s Your Business Blog

An employer has fiduciary duties with respect to the 401(k) plan it provides its employees. Those duties include the obligation...

Posted In: Business Law, Employment Law

Protecting Your Business: Payment Plans Are Not Necessarily Bankruptcy Proof

By Joseph Avanzato on August 15, 2015 It’s Your Business Blog

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be . . . .” Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, line 75 With all due respect...

Posted In: Bankruptcy Law, Business Law

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Business & Corporate
  • Government Contracting
  • Litigation
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Complex & Business Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy, Receivership & Creditors' Rights
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Health Care

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
401.427.6220  Phone
401.351.4607  Fax
University Attended:
Cornell University, B.A., 1981
Law School Attended:
American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1988
Year of First Admission:
United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Fourth, Fifth, and District of Columbia Circuits; 1990, Pennsylvania (inactive status); United States District Court, District of Connecticut; 1992, Rhode Island; 1993, Massachusetts; United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

•Member, Rhode Island Bar Association.
•Member, Federal Bar Association.
•Member, Japan-America Society of Rhode Island.

Birth Information:
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: In $60 million litigation, defended charitable corporations that had been sued, in three separate lawsuits, for alleged undue influence and fraud in connection with charitable donations that had been made to the charitable corporations via will, trusts and lifetime gifts. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of AP&S' clients in the trial court in all three cases and successfully defended those judgments on appeal before the Rhode Island Supreme Court.; Successfully represented major health insurer in multi-million dollar antitrust litigation.; Successfully represented the Governor, Treasurer and Employees' Retirement System of Rhode Island in defense of constitutional challenges to the state's pension statute.; Successfully represented major unsecured creditor in multi-million dollar cross-border insolvency that involved U.S. bankruptcy case (E.D.N.Y), receivership in Israel, litigation in federal court (S.D.N.Y), and litigation in Thailand.; Numerous successful representations of secured and unsecured creditors in various receivership and bankruptcy cases.; Successful representation of a state agency that resulted in recovery of a significant amount on a defaulted $28 million commercial loan to a bio-medical start-up company.; Case Studies: AP&S Guides Centers Health Care to Enter Rhode Island Health Care Community; AP&S Defends State of Rhode Island in High-Stakes Pension Litigation; AP&S Attorneys Successfully Represent International Precious Metals Consignor in Multinational, Multi-Million Dollar Litigation; AP&S Successfully Defends Charitable Organizations in $60 Million Litigation
Hobbies & interests:
Kayaking; Martial Arts.
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