Richard R. Beretta, Jr.

Richard R. Beretta, Jr.: Attorney with Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.


Skilled in governmental relations and legislative issues, Richard assists domestic and international companies to succeed and grow, in both regulated and deregulated industries including energy and telecommunications, financial services, health care, insurance, retail, real estate development, entertainment and manufacturing.

His considerable energy experience includes representing domestic and foreign energy companies in developing New England generation facilities. He served as lead counsel in the siting of Rhode Island’s largest electric generation plant. He is currently engaged in the permitting process for a 1000 MW power plant.

Richard also has broad experience in litigation matters where he defends insured and self-insured clients in health care litigation, construction accidents, professional liability, product liability, premises liability, corrections actions and director and officer liability matters as well as representing fidelity and surety companies in the litigation of fiduciary/inventory loss and construction disputes.

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Best Lawyers' 2016 Lawyer of the Year, Government Relations Practice, Providence.
Best Lawyers’ 2015 Lawyer of the Year, Administrative / Regulatory, Providence.
Best Lawyers’ 2013 Lawyer of the Year, Government Relations Practice, Providence.
•Selected as a Rhode Island Super Lawyer, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
•AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for attorneys.
•Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2007-2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of governmental relations and administrative law.

In the Community

•Board member, Bradley Hospital Foundation.
•Board member and former chairman, Gateway Healthcare Foundation, a network of community-based mental-health and child-services providers.
•Board member, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
•Director, Trinity Repertory Company.
•Director, CharterCARE Foundation.
•Former member, Governing Council, YMCA of Pawtucket.
•Former chairman, Diocese of Providence School Board.
•Former board member, American Heart Association.
•Member of numerous committees for specific fundraising events for a variety of charities.

Seminars / Publications

•Co-authored the Rhode Island chapter of the ABA Performance Bond Manual.

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Government Relations
  • Health Care
  • Litigation
  • Construction
  • Complex & Business Litigation
  • Sports
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • Hospitality
  • Energy & Telecommunications

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
401.427.6228  Phone
401.351.4607  Fax
University Attended:
College of Holy Cross, A.B., 1982; Tufts University, D.M.D., 1986
Law School Attended:
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island; 1990, Rhode Island; 1989, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations

•Director, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
•Member, American Bar Association's Governmental, Fidelity/Surety and Energy sections.
•Defense Research Institute member.
•Former member, Rhode Island Governor's Task Force on Insurance.

Birth Information:
Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 1960
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Recently represented a food distribution company that conducted a nationwide product recall due to salmonella contamination of its products through tainted pepper. Obtained a $33 million judgment against one spice company defendant, resolved all claims against the other spice company and successfully pursued other responsible parties.; Represented a community hospital in Superior Court mastership proceeding involving multiple matters including the sale to an out-of-state hospital system.; Defended a municipal detention facility in civil rights actions including a well-publicized case arising out of the death of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee.; Represents domestic and foreign energy companies in New England generation facilities development.; Special counsel to the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority.; Represents fidelity and surety companies in litigation of fiduciary/inventory loss and construction disputes.; Represents the firm's clients in premises liability, construction accidents, professional liability, products liability, corrections claims and director and officer liability matters.; A former practicing dentist, Richard often advises the firm's health care clients on issues of insurance, professional liability and fraud and abuse; represents health care practitioners before state regulatory and licensing boards in a broad range of regulatory and administrative matters.; Case Studies: AP&S Guides Centers Health Care to Enter Rhode Island Health Care Community; AP&S Guides Clients Through Successful Development of the Largest Solar Energy Project in the Region; AP&S Litigation Team Guides Gourmet Food Company to Recovery of Lost Revenues
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    Peer Reviews

    • 5.0/5.0 (2 reviews)
    • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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    • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 09/06/11 in Litigation

    • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Member on 08/17/11 in Civil Litigation

      I have had personal dealings with Richard and find him to be one of strong character and very ethical. He can be trusted and is good to his word.

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