Board and Officers

Krystle Tadesse – President 
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.

Gina M. Lemay – Vice President
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, and she assists the firm’s municipal clients with arbitrations related to labor and employment issues. 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. In 2010, 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 a member of the Board of Directors for Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.

Kelly McGee – Vice President        
Kelly McGee is an Associate General Counsel at Lifespan Corporation. Kelly has extensive experience in providing legal services and consultation to individual and institutional health care providers regarding regulatory, compliance, and general business matters.  Prior to coming to Lifespan, Kelly was an associate attorney in the Providence office of a Boston-based health law firm.  Kelly also serves on the Board of Directors of Fellowship Health Resources, a nonprofit that provides behavioral health care services in seven states.  She is licensed to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia and has been a member of the RIWBA since 2012.

Kelly A. Kincaid – Treasurer
Kelly A. Kincaid is an Associate at Adler, Pollock, & Sheehan P.C. Kelly’s practice is primarily in the areas of civil litigation including personal injury, premises liability, product liability, wrongful death, and toxic torts. Prior to joining Adler, Pollock, & Sheehan P.C. she handled defense of insurance claims and represented 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 and is the chair of the News Committee.

Kristen Whittle – Secretary
Kristen Whittle is a civil litigation attorney and partner at Barton Gilman LLP, where she focuses her practice on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, employment law, and products liability litigation.  In addition to her litigation work, Kristen regularly advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship—from hiring through separation—and she frequently reviews and revises personnel policies and handbooks.  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.

Renner_Meredith_NEWPGMeredith Renner – Past 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.Association.

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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
Chantal Bromage is a law clerk to the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  She has previously clerked for the Honorable William E. Smith, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the Honorable Paul A. Suttell, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and Rhode Island’s Law Clerk Department.  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 for five years.

Samantha Vasques
Samantha Vasques is an Associate at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC  and a member of their Corporate & Business, Trusts & Estates, 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 RIWBA in 2014 and has been an active member of the News Committee.

Cassandra Feeney
Cassandra Feeney is a trial attorney at Adler Cohen Harvey Wakeman & Guekguezian, LLP, representing clients in a variety of matters in both state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as before administrative and licensing boards.  Cassandra specializes her practice in medical-malpractice defense, personal-injury matters, premises liability, toxic-tort claims, employment law, and education law.  Previously, Cassandra served as a law clerk to the Honorable Francis X. Flaherty of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, as well as the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department.  Cassandra is also on the Board of Directors for the Providence Community Health Centers, which provides high-quality and accessible medical care to patients in Providence and surrounding communities, and the Roger Williams University School of Law Pro Bono Collaborative Advisory Committee and Host Committee, which connects law firms, attorneys, and law students to community organizations in need of pro bono legal services.

Aubrey Lombardo
Aubrey Lombardo is a partner at Henneous Carroll Lombardo, LLC specializing in education and labor law.  Aubrey provides labor and employment counsel to numerous school committees throughout the state.  She handles issues that involve discipline, disabilities, issues related to IDEA and Section 504 and labor negotiations.  She represents school committees on matters related to access to public records, open meetings law, arbitrations, collective bargaining and litigation. Aubrey is also a member of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Labor Employment Relations Association.  Aubrey joined the RIWBA in 2007.