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Nicole J. Benjamin

Nicole J. Benjamin

also known as Nicole J. Dulude

Practice areas:

Litigation, Appeals, Insurance

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About Me



I help businesses and their legal departments reduce their liabilities, navigate complex legal matters and defend unavoidable litigation in federal and state court.

My clients and their businesses are always my top priority. Accessibility and communication are cornerstones of my practice. I pride myself on hard work and cost-effective representation.

I have represented public and private companies and their employees in a wide range of business disputes, including cases alleging contract, products liability, business tort, toxic tort, fraud, and constitutional claims. My cases have included litigation related to mergers and acquisitions, employment laws, securities laws and banking laws. I also defend personal injury and premises liability cases.

I believe that all cases, especially high stakes cases in which an appeal is inevitable, should be tried with an appeal in mind. As both a trial and appellate practitioner, I bring a perspective to my cases informed by my two-year clerkship with the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

As part of my commitment to staying up to date on developments in the law, I am the author of the blog The Fast Five on Rhode Island Appellate Practice (www.RIAppeals.com), which provides periodic updates on Rhode Island appellate law and pointers for practice before the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

The statements and views expressed through this account are my own and do not reflect those of my employer, Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C., are intended for general informational purposes only, and do not constitute legal advice or a legal opinion. The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers only in the general practice of law. The Court does not license or certify any lawyer as an expert or specialist in any field of practice.



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Litigation: 75%
    2 years
  2. Appeals: 20%
    2 years
  3. Insurance: 5%
    2 years

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CTActive200709/24/2013
MAActive200604/17/2015
RIAuthorized to practice law200609/06/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Up and ComingChambers and Partners USA2015
40 Under FortyProvidence Business News2014
Rising StarNew England Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarNew England Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarNew England Super Lawyers2012
Selected to participate in leadership program.Leadership Rhode Island2012
Recommended Insurance AttorneysA.M. Best Company - Recommended Insurance Attorneys2011

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderAdler Pollock & Sheehan, PC2015 - Present
CounselAdler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.2014 - 2014
Litigation AssociateAdler Pollock & Sheehan, P.C.2008 - 2013
Lead Law Clerk to the Hon. Frank J. Williams, Chief JusticeRhode Island Supreme Court2006 - 2008

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States District Court for the District of Rhode Isaland District ConferenceCo-Chair2015 - Present
Womens Resource CenterBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Roger Williams University School of LawBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Leadership Rhode IslandBoard of Governors2014 - Present
Roger Williams University School of Law 20th Anniversary Honorary CommitteeCo-chair2013 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2013 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Roger Williams University School of Law Alumni AssociationPast President2012 - Present
Roger Williams University School of Law Alumni Association Survey CommitteeChairperson2011 - 2013
Rhode Island Bar FoundationFellow2011 - Present
Rhode Island Bar Association, Superior Court Bench/Bar CommitteeMember2011 - Present
Roger Williams University School of Law Alumni AssociationPresident2010 - 2012
Roger Williams University School of Law Alumni Association, CLE CommitteeChairperson2010 - 2012
Roger Williams University School of Law Advisory BoardEx Officio Member2010 - 2012
Poverello CenterBoard of Directors2010 - 2011
Rhode Island Supreme Court Bridge the Gap Working GroupMember2010 - 2011
Rhode Island Bar Association House of DelegatesDelegate2010 - Present
Roger Williams University School of Law Alumni AssociationVice President2008 - 2010

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Textron Financial Corp. v. Ship and Sail, Inc., C.A. No. 09-617 ML , 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 46386 (D.R.I., May 11, 2010)N/A
Automotive Industries Pension Trust Fund v. Textron Inc., No. 11-2106, 2012 U.S. App. Lexis 11535 (1st Cir. June 7, 2012).N/A
Bartlett v. Pfizer, Inc., C.A. No. 11-254M, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 29413 (D.R.I. March 5, 2012), aff'd (1st Cir. Mar. 12, 2013)N/A

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
RWU Law MagazineClosing Argument: Reflections on the First 20 Years2014
American Bar AssociationCo-author, Rhode Island chapter of State-by-State Survey of the Statutes of Limitation and Repose Applicable to Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation2014
19 Roger Williams Univ. L. Rev. 638Co-author, Roger Williams University School of Law: The First Twenty Years - The Rise of Rhode Island's Law School2014
JD SupraThe Fast Five on Rhode Island Appellate Practice: Five Appellate Mediation Practice Tips from the Hon. Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court (Ret.)2013
JD SupraThe Fast Five on Rhode Island Appellate Practice: April 20132013
SlideshareStatistics on Resolution of Cases before the Rhode Island Supreme Court2013
SlideshareAnatomy of an Appeal in a Civil Case to the Rhode Island Supreme Court2013
SlideshareAnatomy of a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Rhode Island Supreme Court2013
JD SupraRhode Island Insurance Law Update: Rhode Island Supreme Court Voids Contractual Limitations Period in Insurance Policy as Against Public Policy.2013
JD SupraEthics Advisory Panel Concludes that Ex Parte Communications with Adversary’s Former Employee Are Permitted in Rhode Island2013
BlogThe Fast Five on Rhode Island Appellate Practice2013
SlidesharePremises Liability Update2013
American Bar AssociationCo-author, Rhode Island chapter of Survey of State Class Action Law2013
American Bar AssociationCo-author, Rhode Island chapter of Fifty-State Survey, The Law of Class Action2012
Northern Kentucky Law ReviewCo-author, Military Trials of Terrorists: From the Lincoln Conspirators to the Guantanamo Inmates2012
Tulane Maritime Law JournalCo-author, Close-Hauling Toward Simplified Eligibility Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act2010
American Bar AssociationCo-author, Rhode Island chapter of A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions2010
World History EncyclopediaIntroduction of International Law2010
Roger Williams University Law ReviewCo-author, Still a Frightening Unknown: Achieving a Constitutional Balance between Civil Liberties and National Security during the War on Terror2007
Roger Williams University Law ReviewUnlocking America’s Courthouse Doors: Restoring a Presumption of First Amendment Access as a Means of Reviving Public Faith in the Judiciary2005

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of Rhode IslandJournalism and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2003

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Rhode Island Supreme Court Round-UpSupreme Ghostbusting, Email Gatekeeping and Other Issues of First Impression2015
National Business InstituteVoir Dire and Jury Selection: How Research, Precise Juror Questions and Strategic Use of Challenges Can Help You Win at Trial2015
Rhode Island Bar Association Recent Developments in the LawRecent Developments in the Law - Courts and Civil Procedure 20142014
Rhode Island Bar Association Annual MeetingPanelist, Appellate Practice for Trial Lawyers2014
National Business Institute CLEEverything You Don’t Know About E-Discovery (But Wish You Did)2014
American College of Trial Lawyers New England Regional MeetingPanelist, The Court's Role in Managing High Profile Civil and Criminal Cases2014
RI Bar Association Title Standards & Practices CommitteePremises Liability Update2013
Rhode Island Chapter ProgramIncorporating Social Media into Your Marketing Plan - An Introduction to Connecting, Tweeting, Friending and Blogging2013
Rhode Island Bar Association CLECo-Presenter, May It Please The Court: Best Practices for Rhode Island Supreme Court Appeals2012
Rhode Island Bar Association Annual MeetingModerator, Civil Liberties and Wartime2012
National Conference of Law ReviewsCo-Presenter, Keeping it Local: From Coffee Milk to Del's Lemonade, Tips on Finding a Local Audience2012
RWU Law Alumni CLECo-Presenter, Electronic Discovery: Unraveling E-mail Strings and Strands2011
Rhode Island Bar Association CLECo-Presenter, May It Please The Court: Best Practices for Rhode Island Supreme Court Appeals2011
Continuing Legal Education ProgramCo-Presenter, Rhode Island Appellate Practice: Some Tips and Pitfalls2011