Margaret D. Farrell





Peggy chairs the firm’s Securities Law Group and focuses her practice in the area of corporate and securities law, with extensive experience in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and cross border), corporate restructurings, strategic alliances, and corporate governance matters. She has broad expertise in securities law matters, including private equity and venture capital financings and public debt and equity offerings, 1934 Act compliance issues, proxy contests, and investment company, investment adviser and broker-dealer registration and regulation. Peggy has in-depth knowledge of financial institution regulation and experience in partnering and other arrangements for developing and commercializing technology.

Peggy serves as outside general counsel to a wide array of public and private business concerns, providing advice on business strategies and their legal ramifications. She regularly counsels directors and officers on executive compensation and regulatory compliance matters and evolving best practices in corporate governance.

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Chair, Securities Law Group
    • Partner (1981-Present)
  • Tillinghast, Collins & Graham
    • Partner (1980-1981)
    • Associate (1976-1980)
  • Frost & Jacobs
    • Associate (1974-1976)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2005-2019), Lawyer of the Year (2014, 2016) Recognized for Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation Law
  • Butler Hospital Corporation, Member of the Year (2017)
  • American Lawyer Women Leaders in the Law (2014); Who's Who in America, East Region, American Women
  • Rhode Island Monthly, Professional Excellence in Law (2019)
  • Super Lawyers, Rhode Island (2007-2012)
  • Women & Infants Hospital, Special Recognition for Leadership (2011), Distinguished Service Award (2005)
  • Business Women Award for Career Achievement by the Providence Business News (2010)
  • Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for the Category of Corporate/Commercial
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating, Recipient

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • American Hospital Association Congress of Hospital Trustees, Rhode Island Delegate (1993-1995)
  • American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, Trustee Delegate (1995-1998)
  • Bancorp Rhode Island, Inc., Director and Member of Executive Committee (2000-2006)
  • Bank Rhode Island, Director and Member of Executive Committee (1996-2006)
  • Butler Hospital: Trustee (1995-2011); Member of Medical Matters Committee (1995-Present); Butler Hospital Foundation: Trustee (2011-Present)
  • Care New England Health System: Director and Vice Chair of Strategic Planning Committee (1996-2011) Member (present); Vice Chair of Board Governance and Nominating Committee (2011-2015) Member (Present); Vice Chair of Credentials Committee (2016-Present); Member of Finance Committee and Quality Committee
  • Foundation for Repertory Theatre of Rhode Island, Inc. (Trinity Rep), Trustee and Executive Board (1978-1984); Secretary (1980-1982); President (1982-1983)
  • Family Service of Rhode Island, Director, Secretary and Finance Committee Member
  • Gordon School, Board of Governors (1990-1995)
  • Hospital Association of Rhode Island, Director (1989-2003); Member of Executive Committee and Chair of Community Affairs Council (1998-2003)
  • Providence After School Alliance, Director, Secretary, Finance Committee Member
  • Providence Preservation Society Revolving Fund, Inc., Trustee and Secretary (1982-1988)
  • Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, Co-chair (2012-Present); Judge (2005-Present)
  • Rhode Island Public Radio, Director, Member of Finance Committee; Chair of Development Committee
  • Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, Regent (1987-1990)
  • Rhode Island Historical Society, Trustee (1980-1985)
  • Technology Council of Rhode Island, Director and Secretary (1986-1991)
  • Women & Infants Hospital, Trustee (1981-2011); Chairman (2003-2006); Vice Chairman (1997-2003); Secretary (1986-1989, 1990-1996); Assistant Secretary (1983-1986)
  • Women & Infants Corporation, Director (1989-2011); Treasurer (2009-2010); Chairman (2003-2006); Vice Chairman (1997-2003); Secretary (1989-1996)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Corporation, Banking and Business Law Sections
  • Federal Tax Forum of Rhode Island, Inc. (1977-1987)
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • RI Women’s Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Ohio, 1974
  • Rhode Island, 1976

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, The Knowledge Group, “Update on the SEC’s Executive Compensation Disclosure Rulemaking under Dodd-Frank: What Do You Need to Know Now?” Webcast – 11/18/2015
  • Speaker, National Business Institute Seminar: Handling the Sale of a Business, “Structuring and Drafting the Acquisition Agreement,” 6/12/2015
  • Presentation at NBI “Forming and Converting to LLCs Conference – “LLCs vs. Incorporation: choosing the Right Business Structure” and “Forming an LLC: Procedure, Requirements and Practical Tips” – 2/23/2012
  • Boston Bar Association, Securities Law Committee Lecture – “Executive Compensation Votes and Golden Parachute Disclosure – Lessons Learned” – 12/2011
  • Presentation at NBI Mergers and Acquisitions from Start to Finish Conference – “Drafting and Negotiating the Purchase Agreement” – 2/7/11
  • Bryant College, Lecturer, Masters in Taxation Program (1979 – 1981)
  • Annual Income Tax Symposium (1978 – 1981)
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Critical Issues Facing Boards in Proxy Season

January 15, 2019

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Bryant University - Women's Summit 2012

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