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Nerney, Rita

Rita E. Nerney

Associate

Rita has focused her civil litigation practice on education law, employment law, insurance coverage, professional liability and general liability. In 2021, she received her foundations certification as K-12 Title IX Coordinator by the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA).

During law school, Rita served as a judicial extern to the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and completed internships with the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She also served as a research assistant to Professor Colleen A. Brown, a corporate counsel extern for the Northeast Maritime Institute, and a law student partner for the Roger Williams University Pro Bono Collaborative.

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Associate (2021-Present)
  • Barton Gilman LLP
    • Associate (2018-2021)
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court
    • Law Clerk for the Honorable Gilbert V. Indeglia (2017-2018)
    • Trial Court Law Clerk (2016-2017)
  • Roger Williams University School of Law
    • Research Assistant (2014-2016)
  • Rhode Island League of Charter Schools
    • Legal Intern (2016)
  • Northeast Maritime Institute
    • Corporate Counsel Extern (2015)
  • Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC
    • Legal Intern & Summer Associate (2014-2015)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    • Judicial Extern for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson (2015)
  • Roger Williams University Pro Bono Collaborative
    • Street Law, Law Student Partner (2015-2016)
    • H.O.P.E. Court, Law Student Partner (2014-2016)
    • Rhode Island Center for Justice, Law Student Partner (2015)
  • Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership, Hasbro Children's Hospital
    • Legal Intern (2014)
  • Rhode Island Department of Education
    • Legal Intern (2014)

Honors & Awards

  • Professional Excellence in the Law, Rhode Island Monthly (2019-2020)

Certifications

  • Title IX Coordinator (K-12) Foundations Certification, Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) (2021-2023)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Century Drywall ESOP, Board of Directors, Board Member
  • Girls on the Run Rhode Island, Board of Directors, Board Chair
  • Leadership Rhode Island, Member of 2021 Rho II Class
  • Nurses MC, Inc., Board of Directors, Board Member

Professional Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Women's Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island

News & Insight

Firm News

Hinckley Allen Expands Litigation Group with Three New Hires

May 25, 2021

Hinckley Allen today announced that three new attorneys will be joining the Firm’s Litigation group, building on Hinckley Allen’s strong ties to New England.Rebecca F. Briggs (Counsel) has prosecuted and defended matters involving commercial contracts …