Lynne Barry Dolan
Lynne Barry Dolan joined the firm in 2009. She brings a wealth of experience from a long and distinguished career first in certified public accounting in a “Big-8” accounting firm, and then in corporate law and commercial litigation in two of the largest law firms in Rhode Island. Her practice is concentrated in the area of business and commercial disputes, including breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, shareholder disputes, theft of corporate opportunities, business valuation disputes, employment litigation, and accounting and legal malpractice. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants.
Ms. Dolan’s first professional position was as a Certified Public Accountant for Peat, Marwick & Mitchell (the predecessor of KPMG) in Washington D.C., where she worked for three years in their auditing and tax departments. Lynne practiced in Providence as a corporate attorney for the two largest law firms in Providence, first at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP, and then at Edwards & Angell, LLP, concentrating in tax, securities law, executive compensation, employee benefits and ERISA. She later established her own firm, where she worked for the next nine years. In 2007, Ms. Dolan joined the firm of Ratcliffe, Burke, Harten & Elias, LLP in Providence, where she gained litigation experience. In 2009, she joined Blish & Cavanagh, LLP, where she is able to combine her tax, corporate, and litigation experience in a challenging business litigation environment.
Lynne is also a trained and experienced mediator. As parties increasingly turn to mediation to achieve out-of-court resolution of their disputes, Ms. Dolan’s depth of legal and financial expertise lends itself to the integrity of the process, enhancing the potential for meaningful negotiations that lead to settlements.
Ms. Dolan has also served as a prosecutor for the Town of Smithfield, Rhode Island.
She is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bar Associations, and the Rhode Island Mediators Association.
Ms. Dolan earned a B.S. from the University of Virginia in 1981, and was awarded her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987. Ms. Dolan trained as a mediator at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies.
In addition to serving her clients, Ms. Dolan has served on the Board of Directors of many non-profit organizations and been an active volunteer in her community, particularly in connection with local schools and youth sports. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Barrington Land Conservation Trust, and recently completed 10 years of service on the Board of the nationally renowned Bradley Hospital, a childrens’ psychiatric hospital and Lifespan affiliate located in East Providence, Rhode Island. She is the co-founder of the popular Trot Off Your Turkey 5K road race in Barrington, Rhode Island, and was a co-director for 12 years.
Outside of work, Lynne enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor exercise activities such as running, swimming, biking, skiing and golfing.
Areas of Practice
- Business Litigation
- Civil Litigation
- Executive Compensation
- Employment Law
- Estate Planning
- Divorce Mediation
- Personal Injury
- Rhode Island
- Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
- J.D. cum laude - 1987
- University of Virginia
- B.S. - 1981
Past Employment Positions
- Former Certified Public Accountant, Virginia
- Peat Marwick & Mitchell, Washington, D.C.