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Tim is a trusted and experienced attorney in Hinckley Allen’s Litigation Group. He has a diverse and dynamic practice, handling a variety of civil litigation matters in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut in both state and federal courts. He has extensive experience litigating product liability, toxic tort and negligence cases. He represents manufacturers, distributors, and premises defendants in asbestos claims throughout New England. He is regional trial counsel to an electrical products manufacturer. He also defends developers, architects, engineers and contractors in cases alleging negligent construction in addition to property and business owners in premise liability claims.

 

In addition to overseeing litigation through trial, Tim provides strategic guidance to his clients on business disputes, risk management,  insurance coverage, and other issues. He advises on federal and state regulations, privacy, and confidentially laws, including quashing subpoenas and filing for protective orders on client’s behalf regarding protected information. He also reviews and drafts contracts for non-compete/solicitation and indemnity clauses.

 

Tim’s substantive experience includes getting cases dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction, obtaining summary judgment based on statute of limitations, and arguing appeals before the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

Experience

  • In a chemical exposure case against the defendant mechanical contractor, Tim convinced the trial court to exclude plaintiff’s expert affidavit in granting summary judgment because it failed to set forth the applicable standard of care, did not establish that the expert was competent to opine on the issues in the case, and consisted of nothing more than a conclusory repetition of plaintiff’s allegations.

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Counsel (2016-Present)
  • Adler Cohen Harvey Wakeman & Guekguezian, LLP
    • Attorney (2006-2016)
  • Rhode Island Superior Court, Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson
    • Clerk (2005-2006)

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rhode Island, Rising Stars (2013-2019)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • It's My Heart New England, Volunteer

Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Counsel of Rhode Island/Defense Research Institute
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bankruptcy Court
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • United State District Court, Connecticut
  • United State District Court, Massachusetts
  • United State District Court, Rhode Island

Speaking Engagements

  • Kent Hospital Emergency Department, “A Mock Trial,” December 3, 2015
  • Care New England Grand Rounds, “How to Avoid Becoming a Legal Statistic,” October 23, 2014
  • Lifespan Grand Rounds, “Learning By Example,” April 23, 2014.

News & Insight

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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…

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Litigation Overview: Rhode Island

July 27, 2018

Timothy M. Zabbo provides a Q&A guide to general litigation information for Rhode Island. This State Q&A covers the Rhode Island state court structure, state statutes and rules governing litigation procedure, and the attorney admissions process (in…

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Drafting and Issuing Discovery Subpoenas: Rhode Island

July 11, 2018

Ryan M. Gainor and Timothy M. Zabbo provide a Q&A guide to drafting, issuing, serving, and enforcing a discovery subpoena in a Rhode Island civil proceeding. This Q&A addresses the state statutes and rules governing discovery subpoenas, the types o…

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Responding to Discovery Subpoenas: Rhode Island

July 9, 2018

Andrew S. Tugan and Timothy M. Zabbo provide a Q&A guide on the different ways to respond to a discovery subpoena issued in a Rhode Island civil proceeding. This Q&A addresses the requirements for complying with a discovery subpoena, objecting to a…

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Responding to a Complaint: Rhode Island

June 18, 2018

Mitchell R. Edwards and Timothy M. Zabbo provide a Q&A guide to responding to a complaint in a trial court of general jurisdiction in Rhode Island. This Q&A addresses the time to respond, extending the time to respond, pre-answer motions, answers,…

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Commencing an Action: Rhode Island

May 29, 2018

Timothy M. Zabbo provide a Q&A guide to commencing an action in Rhode Island. This Q&A addresses the requirements for drafting and filing initiating papers, serving process, and amending the complaint.

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33 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

November 4, 2019

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers has selected 33 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 rece…

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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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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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Timothy M. Zabbo Joins Hinckley Allen's Litigation Practice As Counsel

December 9, 2016

Hinckley Allen is pleased to welcome Timothy Zabbo to the firm’s Providence office as Counsel in the Litigation practice.Tim joins Hinckley Allen from Adler Cohen Harvey Wakeman & Guekguezian where he dealt in a variety of civil litigation matters in…

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