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Francis A Connor III

Litigation Attorney at Providence, RI

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Frank Connor

  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 30 years
    Rhode Island - RI 32 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State RI
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Francis

Learn Francis’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    My civil litigation practice encompasses both personal injury claims and a wide variety of business litigation.

    32 years, 800 cases

  2. Medical malpractice
    Every day of my career has been devoted to representing doctors, hospitals, nurses and other healthcare professionals in cases of alleged malpractice, license and billing disputes.

    32 years, 500 cases

  3. Administrative law
    A core part of my practice is representation of and advice to healthcare professionals and business owners who find themselves the subject of investigations by federal and state regulators, as well as private entities on issues including, licensure, credentialing, mandatory reporting and billing.

    28 years, 200 cases

  4. Mediation
    During the past decade, I have been pleased to serve as both a mediator, assisting parties in a wide range of disputes seek a negotiated resolution, and as an arbitrator.

    18 years, 60 cases

Frank Connor is an experienced trial and appellate attorney in federal and state courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. His expertise includes cases involving medical professional liability defense, business disputes, insurance and reinsurance issues, as well as catastrophic personal injuries. Mr. Connor’s peers in the trial bar have recognized his skill and experience in the courtroom by inviting him to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (). He has been named to Best Lawyers in America for four consecutive years (2012-15), a leading directory of attorneys across the U.S., and was also named to the 2013 and 2014 Rhode Island Super Lawyers directory. Mr. Connor maintains an AV Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory, the highest rating available for legal ability and ethical standards.

Small businesses, professional groups, hospitals and insurance carriers also consult Mr. Connor on legislative and risk management matters. He has lectured on trial practice and numerous other topics to local, regional and national groups of attorneys, medical
professionals and administrators.

Mr. Connor also regularly serves as a Mediator and Arbitrator. He received mediation certification training at both the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation in Cambridge, Mass., and the Center for Dispute Settlement in Washington, D.C. The Presiding Justice of
the Superior Court of Rhode Island has appointed him to the panel of arbitrators for disposition of Superior Court civil cases. Mr. Connor has served as one of the firm’s administrative partners for nine of the past fourteen years, while continuing to maintain his full-time litigation practice. He received both his B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown University.

Representative Accomplishments

In the medical professional liability area, Mr. Connor has for many years defended hospitals, clinics, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, psychologists and other health care professionals. These cases have involved allegations of malpractice in virtually every
medical and surgical specialty, investigations by state licensing boards and other credentialing organizations, as well as billing investigations by Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurers. He has also successfully handled many business and employment practices disputes in which health care clients have become embroiled.

Mr. Connor has represented clients in a wide variety of other disputes, including business litigation, legal professional liability and other personal injury actions. He has successfully pursued multi-jurisdiction litigation against a commercial tenant for breaching a commercial lease, resulting in a pre-trial settlement payment to his client. He also obtained a fair distribution of assets for a departing general partner in a complex multi-partnership dispute in federal court involving the Uniform Partnership Act. He also has significant experience representing excess carriers and reinsurers in arbitrations with other insurers and in connection with coverage litigation. On behalf of an insurance carrier, Mr. Connor persuaded a U.S. District Court judge to enforce an arbitration clause in an international reinsurance treaty.


Mr. Connor served as a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacob Hagopian of the U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, in 1991-92.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Mr. Connor is a member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. He is very active in his local community, serving on the Special Olympics Rhode Island Board of Directors, and volunteering in the Barrington, R.I. public schools and as a youth sports coach. Mr. Connor also enjoys Tuesday night sailboat racing on Narragansett Bay.

Contact Francis

Barton Gilman LLP
10 Dorrance St Ste 800
Providence, RI, 02903-2023
Barton Gilman LLP
160 Federal Street
10th floor
Boston, MA, 02110
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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Lucy | October 21, 2019
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A Great Attorney
Attorney Francis Connor lll met my hopes and expectations and then some. He was forthright, conscientious and reliable. He did what he said he was going to do in the demanding time frame we had to work with. He has superb judgment and simply put, very smart. He edited the draft of my written response so that it was unassailably professional. The environment was non-judgemental which supported unhampered dialogue. I cannot say enough about how pleased I am with the process and the outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2019
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Five Stars!
I greatly appreciated Mr. Connor's legal help. He was a very reassuring presence during a difficult time. His powers of communication were excellent- he listened to me carefully, he grasped a complex situation immediately, and he wrote a strong clear letter that was effective in resolving the matter quickly. I recommend him highly, without reserve.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2018
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Rikhi D'Souza
Francis is an excellent lawyer who is compassionate and listens to his client and their needs. He got me through a stressful time and will be using his services again for another matter.
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2018
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making the best of a bad experience
I am an ob/gyn over 30 years in practice and recently involved in my first litigation experience. everyone tells me I am long overdue but I could have gone to my grave without this experience! However if it had to happen I am so pleased that it happened with Frank and his team. As a physician I try hard to make every experience, even the very difficult ones easier for my patients. I never understood that lawyers can do the same. Frank stood by me through the whole process, explained the law clearly, gave me confidence, and most importantly helped me to keep a sense of humor and reality about what is truly important in life. He is the best person that I hope never to need again!
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Posted by elana cohen | October 7, 2015
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The Best of the Best
If you would like an affordable, incredible, patient, intelligent, walking angel...Francis Connor III is who you want to call! I can't possibly state enough how dependable and truly committed Francis is to his clients and their needs be they emotional, financial, and/or professional. He took great care of me from start to successful finish, which would not have been as efficiently possible or comfortable without him. You would do yourself a disservice to not call Francis first. In addition, he has years of experience with several persons and organizations in the area. The list of benefits Francis brings is truly extensive, with no faults to follow!
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Posted by Michele | June 27, 2015
Medical Case
My recent experience with Frank was outstanding in everyway. In what was a very anxious time for me, he was able to make me feel supported, , confident and informed. He explains the legalities in a very straight forward way for the lay person. I was always able to reach him by phone or email, at ANY time. He reached out to me multiple times to keep me updated in what can sometimes be a slow process, to make me feel that I was not forgotten. I felt very well prepared during my deposition. My meetings with him were efficient and I always felt that it was time well spent. As a result of his preparation, there was nothing "thrown at me" during the deposition that I wasn't prepared for. Again, I felt very confident with him at my side. He is an incredibly caring and warm person, which one might not expect in an attorney. As a physician, having a lawsuit can really hurt one's confidence and self-esteem. He was really able to place the case in perspective for me, and provide support and confidence without giving false platitudes or false hope. His predictions on how each step in the process would go, were accurate every time. I would highly recommend Frank and his team.
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Posted by MIchael | June 22, 2015
Exceptional Service and Expertise
As the owner of a 180 bed nursing and rehabilitation facility it was deeply comforting to have such a committed, highly responsive and genuinely concerned attorney like Francis Connor on our team. His character is of the highest order and equaled only by his sincerity and kindness. Francis takes immediate control of all issues presented to him in a timely, assertive and professional manner. He initiates action rather than choosing to respond, which is a refreshing dynamic that sends a clear, smart message of confidence and clarity. Anyone in need of the services Francis attends to should seek him out first and foremost among his peers. It would be a mistake to not include Francis Connor as a top choice in your decision-making process. I cannot give a higher endorsement to a professional like Francis. His character and intelligence speak well to his successful career...
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Posted by carolyn | June 10, 2015
Client Relationship
I became a client of Frank's towards the end of 2014 through the first quarter of 2015 as he took on the case to represent me in a potential medical claim on behalf of my late husband which at the time of our engagement was a very sensitive time for my family. It was important for me to work with someone that was in tuned to the need for closure. Upon meeting him a rapport was established effortlessly and he immediately validated in my concerns and listened with care. He approached my case with a tremendous amount optimism and managed our relationship as if I were his only client, of course I know that to not be true! Overall, I really appreciated his empathetic nature and his desire to make sure I was informed during the process. I think what made him remarkable above other lawyers was his genuine kindness and ability to put himself in his client's shoes. Even though it was fairly obvious there would be no grounds for a suit, it was important to him to leave no stone unturned legally and to make sure he did all he could to help bring me bring closure and to put my mind at ease. Kindness is not always what you find in trial lawyers but I was lucky to have found it in him and to be the recipient of it during such an emotionally difficult time.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2015
A frivolous and baseless complaint was lodged against me and I had to summarize an extensive chart for the board of review. Frank reorganized the summary and worked closely with me and gave sound advice. The case was thrown out and the board wrote me to indicate that no complaint would even be attached to my name. I highly recommend Frank for his insight, patience, and obviously considerable legal skills.
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Posted by Taryn Wilde | June 2, 2015
Trustworthy/Wonderful Attorney
1 month ago I sustained a very bad accident due to the negligence of a local city. Frank was at my apartment the day after I got discharged from the hospital to check on me and review the process that we would be pursuing. He was so kind and genuine, you could tell his case was second priority to him, and my health and mental spirit was what he was most concerned with. Since engaging with Frank he has been so quick at filing paperwork and providing very timely follow up, even if it's to tell me he has no new updates. I would recommend Frank to anyone that is looking for a trusting, smart, and genuine attorney.
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Posted by Paula | June 1, 2015
Exceptional experience
After being in the mental health field for over 1/4 century, I was horrified to receive notification that a former client had filed a complaint against my license. My malpractice insurance company suggested Atty Connor and they could not have made a better choice. Frank immediately responded to my call, and was very reassuring. He met me at my office, heard my version of what had happened, and put together what we both expect to be the only documentation the board will need to see in order to determine in my favor. I experienced Frank as sincerely caring about how the complaint was impacting me. I would without a doubt recommend Atty Connor to a colleague in need, knowing I was placing them in reliable hands. His administrative assistant, Monique, is also professional and extremely competent.
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Posted by Matt | June 1, 2015
Highly Recommended
As an insurance claims professional for nearly twenty years I have employed the services of a multitude of both defense attorneys and mediators. Frank Connor is at the top of both lists. In medical malpractice matters, he brings a quiet, objective intelligence to the defense of his clients. He vigorously defends my policyholders while making each one feel as though they are his only clients. I have yet to hear one negative comment about Frank from any of my policyholders over the course of nearly two decades working together. Frank's extensive experience and knowledge coupled with his ability to understand the perspective of various, competing parties and interests enables him to very effectively move mediation and arbitration proceedings to appropriate resolutions. Frank is a genuine individual with an honest interest is protecting his clients rights. If anyone reading this is considering benefitting from Frank's counsel, please e-mail me and I will be happy to discuss my experience working with Frank.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2015
One of our most versatile and effective defense counsel
Mr. Connor has successfully defended many cases for us over the years, and importantly, he is incredbily effective at finding creative solutions to resolve difficult cases short of trial when necessary. Frank is also an excellent mediator, and has been instrumental in helping to bring several cases to resolution with his well-honed sense of fairness, and his uncanny ability to communicate effectively and objectively with both sides. In addition, Frank has the ability to "get along" and works very effectively with often difficult opposing counsel. In short, Frank's wide range of capabilities are indispensible to us and our policyholders in today's ever-changinig ltitgation landscape.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Barton Gilman. LLP
  • 1998 - Present
  • Associate
  • Barton Gilman LLP
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Taylor Anderson & Travers
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • United States District Court, Rhode Island
  • 1991 - 1992
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD
  • 1991


  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2012
  • Member
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
Endorse Francis
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've been honored to work with Frank Connor for over 25 years. Frank is an incredibly dedicated advocate, a superb trial lawyer, and a consummate professional. His excellent reputation in handling business, professional liability and other types of disputes is well-deserved, and I would recommend him to anyone in need of litigation assistance."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Frank has been opposing counsel in multiple cases and always does a great job defending his clients. And he is always professional, courteous and attentive. Very good lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Frank for nearly 20 years. He is an exceptional lawyer. He is the first person I think of when I contemplate our firm's mission: excellence for the clients. It is impossible not to like him and to trust him, which is why he has earned the trust and respect of his peers in the legal community, the judiciary, and, most importantly, his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've had the great pleasure of working with Frank for the past decade. He's not only an outstanding lawyer, with keen business instincts, but he's also a great person. Frank has earned the respect of the regional bar, business community, and judiciary, all while demonstrating unparalleled collegiality. Learning under his tutelage has been one of the true blessings of my professional life."
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Providence Litigation Lawyer Francis A Connor III
Francis A Connor III
Litigation Attorney
Providence, RI
Licensed for 32 years
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