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Michael J. Gardiner

Personal injury Attorney at Providence, RI

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 33 years
    Rhode Island - RI 34 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State RI
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

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Success in trial courts and appellate courts, by trial and by written brief mark my career as do so some landmark properties and written reported decisions of the Rhode Island Suprme Court.   I am a widely experienced sole practioner, a downtown firm lawyer originally.

Some examples of things I've done that really meant a  great deal to the client.


There's the individual who had his third breathalyzer refusal and then while I had just won an appeal on his third, got his fourth breathalyzer refusal charge,and was  faced with a loss of license for five years and perhaps indefinetly. I won the trial on the fourth and won the appeal on the third  and got it dismissed at trial.  My client never had another problem, proving that justice was served.


There's an Aubon Pain on the East Side for more than twenty two years now, because I handled a controversy Au Bon Pain has really anchored that portion of the street and it seems the street was the better for it.


There are persons who faced a criminal sentence that did not receive a sentence because of how I handled their case. There are people who were told an accident was their fault by a consensus of all other persons, but I still recovered damages  for them. There are peoeple who were unfairly targeted by their employer and fired, but who were compensated with more than a severance.  There's a machine manufacturer whose designer will be more careful where he puts the valve next time and an injured worker paid was paid not only workers compensation but a settlement  with the machine manufacturer.


I've handled matters for an important utitlity and a municipapltity too. There are rate payers for a utiltity who didn't absorb the costs of costly installations because, as part of a team, we showed they weren't necessary.


There's a clients whose property couldn't sell for a year at $350,000 so I marketed it differently, drew up the contracts the deal required and sold it for $499,. The lender concurred in my valuation.



There was the student with top grades and approving teachers, yet the City Superintendant and his big downtown law firm thought they were going to suspend my client from school indefinitly because of one provoked remark defending himself from a bully. A letter stopped their "politically correct" harasment and the boy went back to school where his teachers had always described him as a pleasure ot have in class.


There was a disabled woman , a special needs trust beneficiary who needed someone to get involved and de-escalate tensions that woud have wasted her trust resources on litigation costs.


I've never been afraid of the difficult case. I am a natural born contrarian and independent enought to make my own judgment.  It simply has to be worth our time and effort, yours and mine and have real merit . It can't ust be about revenge or malice or greed or falsity. If it';s that, i don;t want it. But when you have been wronged and hurt by it, or are accused and at the mercy of others, I will stand by you.

 I grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, sort of the youngest of six kids, as my twin was ten minutes older than me. I worked my way through college, (Univerity of RI '84) was proud to graduate in four years right on time, to be commissioned as in officer in the Field Artillery. I went on to law school after some military education and again, sold furntiure, clerked in a law firm and served in the National Guard as I attended and graduated in three years. I returned to RI and started clerking in a downtown firm where my writing sample from law school demonstrated training and ability in obtaining " Summary Judgment" a great way to win a case on the law when the facts are not genuinely in dispute. I put that right to work and thus got to the Rhode Island Supreme Court very early in my career. Student loans dogged my lifestyle and high taxes on a single man with no dependents left me needing to keep more of what I earned, so I became a home office professional in my own practice on January 1, 1993. 

Solo practice led me into criminal law and I became a federal defender on the Rhode Island panel and served on same until they opened a staffed defender office, at which time I had begun serving as an assistant counsel to the Chief legal Counsel for the Providence Water Supply Board where I handled everything other than Public Utitlity rate cases. This involved me in administative enforcement actions and also lots of municipally related litigation.  I've also successfully handled product liability and wrongful death. The litigation and courtroom skills I began in an excellent second year course taught by a former Justice Department Litigator, and honed as a law clerk at a Sprinfield Law firm and mastered in a downtown Providence defense firm  have been ciritical to my clients. As part of a firm, I have representing clients such as Stop and Shop and St Joseph Hospital and all mannert of cleints who bought an insurance policy and found them selves being sued.    I pride myslef on strong persuasive legal writing skills, strong insight and analysis skills, good fact finding skills and a steady articulate resolve in any courtroom.

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Gardiner Law: Michael J. Gardiner
189 Wickenden Street
Providence, RI, 02903

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Posted by Barbara | July 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Mike got my case dropped!
Mike got my case dropped! I was being sued for over $330,000 by an insurance company. Mike quickly identified the flaws in their case and the company yielded. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Christine | February 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Michael's expert guidance allowed me to leave a bat infested apartment immediately and recover monies I had paid yo the landlord in a timely fashion so that I could relocate. He also recovered medical costs I incurred as a result of contact with bats. His expert advice saved my son and myself from living in terrible conditions.
Posted by Christine barbato | July 29, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Serious matter
My daughter was advised by the judge in Warwick County Court get a restraining order and a lawyer on the landlord. This has been going on for 8 years I moved 2 years ago my daughter stayed. This is a long story in a serious lawsuit.
Response from Michael Gardiner August 1, 2018
It sounds like your daughter need a lawyer! Please contact us through the several contact options on the sight.
Posted by Linda | February 22, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Car Accident Settlement
Michael Gardiner handled my car accident case with great expertise. I had a back injury and had many medicals bills. Mr. Gardiner got me a full insurance value settlement, I was very happy with the result. I would recommend him as a personal injury lawyer.
Posted by Amy | February 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Committment and Results
Mike represented me as my defense attorney through a 3 year court case I was involved in. He was thorough, dedicated and stopped at nothing to get me the best outcome possible. Mike was extremely knowledgeable and made sure he had all the facts. He was always available and made sure to go out of his way to advise me in the best manner possible. He also represented me in a wrongful termination case against a previous employer and a car accident both had excellent results. No matter what your needs are, I highly recommend Mike. He is extremely affordable and you will be in excellent care.
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Posted by Brian | November 14, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Michael did a great job!
Michael was very understanding when it came to a very emotional divorce. He was able to steer me in the right direction and I was able to settle before having to go to trial. I always felt as though he had my best interest in mind and would definitely recommend him to others.
Posted by Fred Pereira | August 13, 2015
Honest Representation
Attorney Michael Gardiner is an exceptional litigant ;and representitive to his clients . When no one would listen to my concerns regarding a litigation matter that I felt had been mishandled by a previous attorney;.....,Attorney Gardiner took the time to extensively research case law pertaining to this particular legal case; and had the ability to present an effective rebuttal ......all on a moments notice. Attorney Gardiner listens to the needs of his clients and tailors his strategies in accordance to the case involved. He will always be there to offer advice on any legal matter, and will always be honest and upfront with his clients . I have seen firsthand the diligence and efforts this attorney has put forth, on 2 separate legal matters that he has handled for me. I would highly recommend the legal services that Mr. Gardiner provides, where the quality of service always remains the same, no matter how simplistic or complex the case may be.
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2015
If you want an excellent lawyer who also has a heart, choose Mike!
I haven't had any real contact with lawyers before my divorce, but since then I got the feeling that most lawyers, as good as they may be in their field of work, have very little understanding of emotions involved in a divorce case. When I met Michael Gardiner, I was relieved that he was very understanding of my situation and my emotions, while still being extremely professional and knowledgeable. If I ever have a legal issue again, I will call him! He has been very honest from the beginning and contacts me to see how I am doing, which is very appreciated. He is well known amongst lawyers, and he does not make false promises. If your goal is very unlikely to get to, he will let you know, but still fight to get to that goal. For me, he worked out a deal with the opposing lawyer in which my ex-husband, who was seeking full custody and child support from me, has to pay me child support and has visitation with the children for less than half a week. Michael Gardiner to me personally is a knight in shining armor! He turned my situation around very quickly - from not having a lawyer at all and going against a super expensive lawyer to having a great lawyer and feeling more powerful. Whenever I contacted Mike, he responded right away. He answered all of my questions promptly, even questions that were not directly related to my case. Michael Gardiner - Thank you for everything that you have done for me, I am very grateful.
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Response from Michael Gardiner October 6, 2015
My Client was experiencing an oppressive situation. It required a strong response. But we did not replace oppression with repression or deprivation. With the benefit of legal counsel, parties in a family crisis can begin to define a new and peaceful future for their family, one that fully respects the importance of each parent and that provides the resources to care for children of the parties. Sometimes you have to fight first and then parties can see the benefits of making agreements that are in the best interests of the family during and after the divorce.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 50-350 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Gardiner Law
  • 1993 - Present
  • Associate
  • Gunning Lafazia & Gnys, Inc
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Associate
  • Gunning Lafazia & Gnys
  • 1989 - 1993


  • Western New England College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Rhode Island
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. ( name omitted)
  • Aquittal
  • State vs. (name omitted)
  • A Procedural success, but client was not benefited
  • Liberty Mutual v. Harbor Insurance
  • My Client, Harbor Insurance won
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  • Rhode Island State Bar
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
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  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Litigating Boundary Disputes
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • ax Aspects of Real Estate Transactions
  • Advanced Issues in Real Estate Law
  • 2014
  • Boundary Issues and Easement Law
  • Litigating Boundary Disputes
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Gardiner is well versed in all aspects of a litigation practice. His professionalism, intelligence and legal acumen are all indicative of the type of legal representation any one would want."
Providence Personal injury Lawyer Michael J. Gardiner
Michael J. Gardiner
Personal injury Attorney
Providence, RI
Licensed for 34 years
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