William E. O

William E. O'Gara

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 401-824-5117

William E. O'Gara is a Principal with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC and leads the firm's Litigation and Employment Teams. He is a highly respected labor and employment law practitioner with a significant depth of experience handling diverse matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Rhode Island Commission on Human Rights and the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. O'Gara's diverse practice includes defending wrongful termination and discrimination claims, contract negotiations and matters of union representation. He routinely represents employers in matters ranging from sexual harassment to retirement issues, and provides mediation services to resolve disputes and avoid costly litigation.

Mr. O'Gara is a frequent lecturer on human resources management topics, and is a contributor and editor of human resource and personnel policy handbooks and guides for small and large private and public sector entities. He is also the editor of the firm's Employment ADVISORY.

Attorney O'Gara is a co-founder of the firm. His prior experience includes working with the national law firms of Bingham, Dana & Gould and Holland & Knight. He earned his J.D. from Northeastern University and his Master's in Industrial Relations from the University of Rhode Island. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

University of Rhode IslandMA 1984Northeastern UniversityJ.D. 1989

Office Location

317 Iron Horse Way, Suite 301
Providence, RI 02908
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Providence Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Providence Metro Area
William E. O'Gara has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!William E. O'Gara has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Workers' Compensation Law - Employers