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David A. Wollin

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David is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, regularly handling complex and novel litigation in federal and state courts. He has extensive experience in all phases of litigation and over his career has worked for a diverse clientele, from Fortune 100 companies to locally-owned businesses, on a wide range of issues. He has been named to Best Lawyers in America® since 2006, including recognition as “Lawyer of the Year,” among other honors.

David is President of the Federal Bar Association, Rhode Island Chapter, and Chair of the Rhode Island Board of Bar Examiners. He is also co-author of a leading treatise on civil and appellate procedure. He received his law degree from Duke University School of Law, where he was Moot Court Champion and Senior Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems. After law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Danny J. Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Judge James F. Couch, Jr. of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Experience

Successful arbitration for wind farm owner
Hinckley Allen served as counsel to the owner of wind farm in Hawaii that was experiencing structural and geo-technical issues with its turbine foundations. David and his partners, including Jerry Petros were able to obtain a favorable resolution of the dispute after filing arbitration claims against the wind farm’s general contractor.

Counterclaims for Boston Hospital net multi-million dollar judgment
David served as lead trial counsel for a Boston hospital accused by its former parent corporation of failing to pay certain fees under a terminated affiliation agreement. David pressed counterclaims against the parent for breach of fiduciary duty, gross negligence and misrepresentations during the parent’s ownership of the client hospital. After a three-week trial in federal court, David and his associate Adam Ramos secured a multi-million dollar judgment in the client’s favor. The case was one of the first to establish a hospital network owed fiduciary duties to its member hospitals.

Establishing the economic loss doctrine as a defense in construction cases
David served as counsel for an excavator who was sued for negligence when a construction project resulted in wetlands violations. David obtained summary judgment for the client, arguing the economic loss doctrine precluded damages for negligence. The Rhode Island Supreme Court affirmed, accepting David’s argument on appeal that the doctrine applied to sophisticated commercial entities in the construction context.

Successful defense of multi-national corporation in stock option dispute
David served as counsel for a multi-national corporation sued by a disgruntled employee for failing to pay certain stock option benefits. Securing dismissal of the case, David convinced the federal court that the employee’s claims for breach of contract, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing and promissory estoppel had no merit and should not proceed to the discovery phase.

Successful defense of age and disability discrimination claims on appeal
As appellate counsel, David convinced the Rhode Island Supreme Court to affirm summary judgment for a large automobile dealership sued for age and disability discrimination. When the former employee argued that the trial court had erred in granting summary judgment, David’s brief and oral argument persuaded the Supreme Court that the employer had a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for terminating the employee and was not required to follow its progressive discipline policy before doing so. According to the Supreme Court, courts should not sit as super personnel departments, assessing the merits or even the rationality of employers’ non-discriminatory business reasons, and an employer may terminate an employee for any reason, good or bad, provided the decision is not based on a discriminatory reason.

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2013-Present)
  • Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.
    • Partner (1996-2013)
    • Associate (1993-1995)
  • Arnold & Porter
    • Associate (1988-1993)
  • The Honorable Danny J. Boggs, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • Law Clerk (1987-1988)
  • The Honorable James F. Couch, Jr., Court of Appeals of Maryland
    • Law Clerk (1986-1987)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2006-2019)
    • Lawyer of the Year (2012, 2015-2019)
  • Super Lawyers, Rhode Island (2007-2018)
  • Chambers USA
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV rating recipient
  • Benchmark Appellate, Local Litigation Star (2013)

Professional Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association Federal Court Bench/Bar Committee, Member
  • Rhode Island Board of Bar Examiners, Chair

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, Rhode Island
  • United States Supreme Court

Speaking Engagements

  • In-House Counsel: Protecting Confidential Communications and Work Product (for clients) (2015 – Present)
  • Business Valuation: The Theory- The Law- The Trial, The Edward Gallogly American Inn of Court (August 10, 2013)
  • “May it Please the Court: Best Practices for Rhode Island Supreme Court Appeals,” Rhode Island Bar Association CLE Presentation (2011) (co-presenter)
  • “Courtroom Graphics: PowerPoint and Beyond,” Rhode Island and Federal Bar Associations (April 12, 2006) (panelist)
  • “Nuts & Bolts” of Handling an Appeal, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, (June 9, 2005) (panelist)
  • “Post-Trial Motions and Appellate Practice,” Rhode Island and Federal Bar Associations (May 12, 2004) (panelist)
  • “Revising the Rules,” Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting (June 12, 2003) (panelist)
  • Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse’s Fourth Annual Open Government Summit (2002) (panelist)
  • “Introduction to the Courtroom Technology Available in the Renovated Courthouse,” Federal bar Association and Federal Court Bench/Bar Committee, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island (Nov. 15, 2002)

News & Insight

Publication

Initial Civil Appeals: Rhode Island

July 30, 2018

David A. Wollin and Timothy M. Zabbo provide a Q&A guide to appeal from an intermediate appellate court the the court of last resort in Rhode Island. This Q&A addresses starting an appeal (as of right or by permission), obtaining a stay pending app…

Publication

In-House Counsel: Protecting Confidential Communications and Work Product

January 1, 2015

Civil lawsuits and government investigations targeting corporations are routine these days, often involving substantial data and document collection from numerous sources.  In-house lawyers play a critical role in this process, both in the investigatory s…

Firm News

Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

April 25, 2019

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that the 2019 edition of Chambers USA has recognized several of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys for their outstanding work.Chambers USA rankings are based on extensive in-depth interviews with attorneys and cli…

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38 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2018

The Super Lawyers has selected 38 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

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51 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2019

August 15, 2018

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 51 attorneys in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including seven “Lawyers of the Year.” Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “La…

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Chambers USA 2018 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 3, 2018

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that the 2018 edition of Chambers USA has recognized several of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys for their outstanding work.Chambers USA rankings are based on extensive in-depth interviews with attorneys and cli…

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Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2017

The Super Lawyers has selected 39 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

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Best Lawyers Recognizes 8 Hinckley Allen Partners as “Lawyers of the Year” for 2018

August 22, 2017

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers has recognized partners Noble F. Allen, Christine K. Bush, William S. Fish, Joel Lewin, Robin L. Main, Thomas S. Marrion, Gerald J. Petros, and David A.NOBLE F.

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52 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers of America

August 18, 2017

Noble F.Jomarie T.Robert J.James J.Leon C.John J.William W.Christine K.

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Chambers USA 2017 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 26, 2017

The Chambers USA 2017 edition, has named 18 Hinckley Allen attorneys as leaders in their fields.The Hinckley Allen attorneys featured in the Chambers USA 2017 guide include: William W. Bouton III; Christine K. Bush; Stephen J. Carlotti; Christopher H.M. Ca…

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Who's Who at Hinckley Allen: David A. Wollin

October 19, 2016

David is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who regularly handles complex and novel commercial and tort disputes for publicly traded companies and private clients.How did you get involved in or what led you to this area of law?My interest in litigat…

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Best Lawyers® Recognizes 7 Hinckley Allen Partners as “Lawyers of the Year” for 2017

August 18, 2016

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized partners William S. Fish Jr, Michael L. Koenig, Mark S. McCue, Gerald J. Petros, Paul A. Silver, Richard Y. Uchida, and David A.William S.

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Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

June 10, 2016

The Hinckley Allen attorneys featured in the Chambers USA 2016 guide include: E. Jerome Batty; William W. Bouton III; Christine K. Bush; Stephen J. Carlotti; Michael J. Connolly; Scott E. Cooper; Margaret D. Farrell; Robert G.

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Hinckley Allen Partner David A. Wollin Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants by Best Lawyers

August 17, 2015

David A. Wollin, a partner at Hinckley Allen, was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants in Providence, RI.David is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who regularly handles complex and novel commercial and …

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Chambers USA 2015 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 19, 2015

Publication Recognizes 20% of the Firm’s PartnershipThe Chambers USA 2015 edition, released on May 19, has named 21 Hinckley Allen attorneys as leaders in their fields The Hinckley Allen attorneys featured in the Chambers USA 2015 guide include: E. Jerom…

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Hinckley Allen Partner David A. Wollin Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Bet-the-Company Litigation by Best Lawyers

August 18, 2014

David Wollin has been named Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation (Providence, RI), by Best Lawyers® 2015.David is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who regularly handles complex and novel commercial and tort cases for publicly tra…

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Case Study

Successful arbitration for wind farm owner

Hinckley Allen served as counsel to the owner of wind farm in Hawaii that was experiencing structural and geo-technical issues with its turbine foundations. David and his partners were able to obtain a favorable resolution of the dispute after filing arbit…

Case Study

Successful defense of multi-national corporation in stock option dispute

Hinckley Allen served as counsel for a multi-national corporation sued by a disgruntled employee for failing to pay certain stock option benefits.  Securing dismissal of the case, we convinced the federal court that the employee's claims for breach of con…

Case Study

Successful defense of age and disability discrimination claims on appeal

As appellate counsel, Hinckley Allen convinced the Rhode Island Supreme Court to affirm summary judgment for a large automobile dealership sued for age and disability discrimination.  When the former employee argued that the trial court had erred in grant…

Case Study

Establishing the economic loss doctrine as a defense in construction cases

Hinckley Allen served as counsel for an excavator who was sued for negligence when a construction project resulted in wetlands violations.  We obtained summary judgment for the client, arguing the economic loss doctrine precluded damages for negligence. …

Case Study

Counterclaims for Boston Hospital net multi-million dollar judgment

Hinckley Allen served as lead trial counsel for a Boston hospital accused by its former parent corporation of failing to pay certain fees under a terminated affiliation agreement.  We pressed counterclaims against the parent for breach of fiduciary duty,…

Case Study

Successful defense of property owner in contract dispute

Hinckley Allen served as counsel to a commercial property owner that terminated negotiations with a prospective bank seeking to lease the property.  When the bank sued the client claiming there was an enforceable contact, David and his partner Bob Flander…

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