Edmund L. Alves Jr.
Edmund L. Alves, Jr., a partner in the firm, has been practicing in the area of municipal law for over thirty-five years. He has served as Town Solicitor and chief legal advisor for the towns of Smithfield, East Greenwich and West Greenwich, Rhode Island. He presently is legal counsel to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission and the Woonsocket Budget Commission. Mr. Alves previously served as general counsel to the Burrillville School Committee and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. He also has served as probate judge in the towns of Smithfield and West Greenwich. He has represented other municipalities and school committees over the years and is well-versed in the workings of local government in Rhode Island. He has been involved in numerous court cases involving the actions of municipalities and municipal agencies, including matters relating to zoning and planning, home rule, labor law, education law, taxation and the applicability of various state statutes to municipalities.
He also practices in all areas of estate work, from the initial estate planning stage to the administration of complex estates. Some of the firm's clients require only simple estate plans while others need sophisticated trusts or succession planning for their businesses. Each client is equally important to the firm and he strives to meet each individual's needs, no matter how simple or complex.
Mr. Alves also has a general corporate practice, providing counsel to a variety of small businesses as well as municipalities. His business clients include manufacturers, service companies, realtors, golf professionals, and insurance agencies, to name a few.
He advises his business and municipal clients on labor issues, and has broad experience in employment law, collective bargaining, and grievance and interest arbitration.
He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and has served on its Municipal Law/Government Lawyers Committee for over twenty-five years. Mr. Alves is also a member of the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the Rhode Island state and federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
An avid golfer, he is a member of Wannamoisett Country Club and a director of the Cape Cod Pro-Am Golf League.
He is a graduate of Brown University and received his J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law.
Areas of Practice
- Municipal Law
- Estate Planning
- Corporate Law
- Probate Law
- Employment Law
- Rhode Island, 1977
- U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1977
- U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1986
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
- Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
- J.D. - 1977
- Brown University
- A.B. - 1973
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Rhode Island Ethics Commission, Legal Counsel
- Woonsocket Budget Commission, Legal Counsel
- Town of Smithfield, Former Town Solicitor
- Town of East Greenwich, Former Town Solicitor
- Town of West Greenwich, Former Town Solicitor
- Burrillville School Committee, Former General Counsel
- Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, Former General Counsel
- Rhode Island Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- Rhode Island Bar Association, Municipal Law/Government Lawyers Committee, Member
Pro Bono Activities
- Member of Wannamoisett Country Club
- Director of the Cape Cod Pro-Am Golf League