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Dolan, Lynne Barry

Lynne Barry Dolan


Lynne Barry Dolan is an experienced business lawyer with her current practice focused on employee benefits and executive compensation. Lynne advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits law in connection with retirement, health and welfare plans. This includes plan implementation, administration and termination, and compliance with ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA. Lynne is experienced in deferred and incentive compensation, equity and phantom equity plans, Section 409A issues, employment contracts and termination. She handles employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising out of mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. She also represents clients in connection with Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor audits. Lynne’s clients include both corporations and individuals.

Lynne draws on a diverse legal background. She first worked as a certified public accountant for a multinational accounting firm in Washington, DC. Upon graduating from law school, she moved to Rhode Island where she has practiced law for more than two decades. Lynne began her legal career working in corporate law with Hinckley Allen; she later founded her own boutique law firm focusing on employee benefits and executive compensation for large private and public companies. She also has experience as a civil litigator, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial matters, including executive hiring and termination, ERISA, IRS audits, fiduciary duty, shareholder disputes, estate/family conflicts, unfair trade practices, and employment discrimination.


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • 2019-Present
    • 1987-1995
  • Blish & Cavanagh, LLP
    • 2009-2019
  • Ratcliffe, Burke, Harten & Elias, LLP
    • 2007-2009
  • Lynn Barry Dolan, Esq.
    • Sole Proprietor
    • 1995-1997, 1999-2007
  • Edwards & Angell, LLP (now Locke Lord)
    • 1997-1999
  • Peat, Marwick & Mitchell/KPMG
    • Certified Public Accountant
    • 1981-1984


  • Certified Mediator, Northwestern University School of Professional Studies
  • Former Certified Public Accountant

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Barrington Land Conservation Trust (2012-Present)
    • Board of Directors
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
  • Bradley Hospital (2000-2012, 2018-Present)
    • Board of Directors
    • Past Secretary
  • Center for Mediation and Collaboration RI (2016-Present)
    • Volunteer Mediator, Rhode Island District Court, low income landlord/tenant disputes
  • St. Luke School (2000-2011)
    • Past Board of Directors
    • Co-Founder & Director, Trot Off Your Turkey 5k Roadrace

Professional Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association, Rhode Island Chapter
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New England Employee Benefits Council
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Mediators Association
  • Rhode Island Women's Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, Rhode Island

News & Insight


What You Need to Know About the CARES Act Employee Benefits-related Provisions

March 30, 2020

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) as part of a $2 trillion stimulus package. The CARES Act extends unemployment benefits to individuals who are unemployed, parti…

Firm News

Hinckley Allen Welcomes New Corporate & Business Attorney Lynne Barry Dolan

January 29, 2019

Hinckley Allen is pleased to welcome Lynne Barry Dolan as Counsel to the Firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group. Lynne is a seasoned business attorney with a diverse legal background. After earning her CPA at a multinational accounti…

Case Study

Hinckley Allen Facilitates Brinker Capital Merger in Significant Moment for Financial Services Industry

Hinckley Allen represented its long-time client, Brinker Capital, a registered investment adviser, and its affiliated broker-dealer, in their sale to new investment partnership controlled by funds affiliated with Genstar Capital Partners, a California-base…


Past Event

WEBINAR: COVID-19 Guidance for Employers—What Every Employer Should Know

April 16, 2020

NOTE: You must pre-register to attend this webinar. Click here or visit the link below.For businesses of all sizes, COVID-19 has presented a vast number of challenges. Hear from Hinckley Allen attorneys as they discuss the latest legislation, best practice…