Meredith Renner – President
Meredith Renner is a staff counsel at Locke Lord LLP in the firm’s Litigation Management Department. Prior to this, Meredith spent several years serving as a law clerk to the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to her clerkship, Meredith worked in private practice in the areas of civil litigation and health law. Meredith is licensed to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Meredith has been a member of RIWBA since 2008 and currently serves as President.
Krystle Tadesse – Vice President Attorney Krystle Tadesse is an associate in the Litigation Department at Locke Lord LLP. Krystle counsels and represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters. Krystle has experience in all aspects of litigation, including trial, depositions, mediation and arbitration, motion practice, pretrial motions and appellate practice. She has researched and drafted successful dispositive motions and appellate briefs in both state and federal courts. Krystle has tried four jury trials to verdict, and has appeared in state appellate court for oral argument. Krystle also serves on the Board of Directors of Reach Out and Read Rhode Island, a non-profit organization focused on improving low-income children’s early access and exposure to books. Krystle joined the RIWBA in 2011 and chairs the RIWBA’s Cultural Diversity Committee.
Kelly McGee – Treasurer
Kelly McGee is an associate at Donoghue, Barrett & Singal, PC. She works in the firm’s Health Care Department. Kelly has extensive experience in providing services and consultation to individual and institutional health care providers with regulatory, compliance, and general business matters. Prior to coming to Donoghue Barrett and Singal, P.C., Kelly provided legal counsel to a large Massachusetts-based long-term health care company, where she dealt with the regulatory and compliance issues for assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in 30 states.
Gina M. Lemay – Secretary
Attorney Gina M. Lemay is an associate at The Law Office of William J. Conley, Jr., a general practice law firm focusing on civil litigation and municipal law. She has handled a number of litigation matters involving regulatory and administration issues of municipal pensions. Prior to entering private practice Gina served as a as a judicial clerk for the Rhode Island Superior Court. She is licensed to practice in the State and Federal Courts for both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Gina has been a member of the RIWBA since 2007. Gina was appointed by Chief Justice Suttell as a member of the Permanent Advisory Committee on Women and Minorities in the Courts. She is also active as a Board member for CityArts! Providence, a non-profit organization providing free arts education to youth in the City of Providence.
Jessica Shelton – Past President
Jessica Shelton is a law clerk to the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to her clerkship, Jessica worked in private practice, where she focused her practice on professional malpractice defense, representing health care providers before the Rhode Island Superior Court as well as before licensing and administrative boards. Before that, Jessica was a judicial law clerk for Senior Associate Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg in the Rhode Island Supreme Court. She also served as a judicial law clerk in the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department. Jessica serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, a non-profit organization focused on eliminating gender inequity in Rhode Island through systemic change.
Honorable Patricia A. Hurst
Hon. Patricia A. Hurst recently retired as a senior trial justice with the State of Rhode Island Superior Court. Justice Hurst has served on the Superior Court Bench for 20 years during which she has presided over countless cases including complex civil and criminal jury trials, and cases involving complex discovery disputes. By special assignment of the Presiding Justice of the State of Rhode Island Superior Court, Justice Hurst has managed and tried multi-party and complex litigation including cases involving multifaceted constitutional issues, intricate legal and factual questions, and evidence of a highly technical and scientific nature. Justice Hurst has written decisions and rulings that have set new law in Rhode Island and which have been cited in state appellate court decisions, federal administrative rulings, law journals, and law review articles. During her tenure on the bench, Justice Hurst also pioneered the use of modern jury techniques in the Rhode Island state trial court including the use of preliminary charges, juror note taking and other innovations. Currently, Justice Hurst is active with the National Association of Women Judges of which she is a member. She has served on a number of that organization’s significant boards and committees including the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Audit and Compliance Committee. She is also an active member of the International Association of Women Judges. Justice Hurst serves on the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association.
Kristen Whittle is a civil litigation attorney at Barton Gilman LLP, where she focuses her practice on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, employment law, medical defense, and products liability litigation. Previously, Kristen served as a law clerk to Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice William P. Robinson III in 2009-2010. Kristen is licensed to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and she has been a member of RIWBA since 2010.
Kelly A. Kincaid
Kelly A. Kincaid is an Associate at Higgins, Cavanagh, & Cooney, LLP. Kelly’s practice is primarily in the areas of civil litigation including premises liability, product liability and the defense of insurance claims. Kelly devotes a significant part of her practice to defending Retail and Hospitality clients in premises liability actions. She is licensed to practice in the State and Federal Courts for both Rhode Island and Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Kelly has been a member of the RIWBA since 2007.
Nicole Verdi is a Rhode Islander, attorney, advocate, and feminist. She presently works as a litigation associate at Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. Previously, she worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Maureen McKenna Goldberg in the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Nicole earned her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law and her B.S. in Legal Studies and Political Science from Roger Williams University. While in law school, Nicole worked as a shelter advocate at a Domestic Violence shelter and participated in the Women’s Fund Policy Institute, advocating for women’s rights and pregnancy accommodations in Rhode Island. She currently also serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for a local nonprofit, Youth In Action. Nicole became involved with the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association during law school.
Chantal Bromage is a law clerk to the Honorable Paul A. Suttell , Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Prior to her two-year position with Chief Justice Suttell, Chantal was a judicial law clerk in the Supreme Court’s Trial Court Law Clerk Department for one year. Chantal is licensed to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Prior to law school, Chantal completed her Master of Public Policy degree and worked at the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, Virginia as a Court Research Analyst.
Samantha Clarke is an Associate at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC and a member of their Corporate & Business and Litigation Teams. Previously, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Justice William P. Robinson III of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Samantha earned her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2014, and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2010. She joined the RIWBA in 2014 and has been an active member of the Newsletter Committee. When she isn’t working, Samantha loves baking, reading, and listening to long, boring podcasts about world history.