Malcolm Farmer III





Mac’s practice is focused in the area of financial transactions of all kinds, combined with a general corporate practice. His clients include in-state and out-of-state banks and other types of financial institutions as well as U.S. and foreign corporations of all sizes. He has experience in real estate loans, secured and unsecured commercial loans, industrial revenue bond transactions including sale/leaseback structures, and other specialized banking transactions such as letters of credit, syndicated financings, leveraged buyouts, and loans tailored to specific industries. Mac’s general corporate practice area involves mergers, acquisitions, and purchase and sale of businesses. Mac chairs the Firm’s Non-Profit practice group. He has an extensive practice representing Non-Profit organizations of all kinds.

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Chair, Non-Profit Law Group
    • Partner (1971-Present)
    • Associate (1964-1965; 1969-1971)
  • Lawyers' Constitutional Defense Committee - Jackson, Mississippi
    • Staff Attorney (1965-1967)
  • Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency & Criminal Administration
    • Executive Director (1967-1969)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers of America® (1993-2019)
    • Lawyer of the Year (2013)
    • Recognized for Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law and Public Finance Law
  • Family Service of Rhode Island, Brighter Futures Award (2015)
  • Super Lawyers
    • Rhode Island (2008-2018)
    • Massachusetts (2004)
  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame, (2007)
  • Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the categories of Corporate/Commercial: Banking & Finance (Senior Statesmen)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating, Recipient
  • Municipal Bond Attorneys of the United States, The Bond Buyer's Directory of Municipal Bond Dealers of The United States (the "Red Book")

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Cloister of Distinguisted Alumni, St. Mark's School- Southborough, MA (2017-present)
  • Family Service of Rhode Island, Inc.
    • Board President (2002-2015)
    • President Emeritus; Strategic Planning Committee Chair (2016-Present)
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame, General Counsel
  • Providence City Council
    • Councilman (1979-1991)
    • Minority Leader (1983-1991)
  • Secretary, Assistant Secretary, or Member of Board of Directors for a number of corporate and non-profit clients

Professional Affiliations

  • Agawam Hunt Club
  • American Bar Association
  • Mill Reef Club (Antigua)
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Commodores

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • Rhode Island, 1964
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, 1966
Firm News

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,

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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…

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The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Implications for Tax-exempt Entities

July 12, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) enacted at the end of 2017 had an immediate impact on all taxpayers,


Family Service of Rhode Island Announces Board Appointments

August 9, 2016

Family Service of Rhode Island has announced that the Honorable Malcolm Farmer, III, has been elected…

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Acquisition of tax-exempt status and regulatory approvals for a national non-profit

Hinckley Allen organized the nonprofit organization, obtained qualification under IRC §501(c)(3) and…

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