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About Us - d'Oliveira and Associates

OUR PHILOSOPHY here is simple. Attorney Paul d'Oliveira started this law firm 25 YEARS AGO with only two offices and today the firm has 15 offices in RI and MA. We feel this growth and success has happened because we follow several core values and beliefs about the practice of law.

Our first belief is that you will get the best result if your attorney and paralegal have alot of experience. All of our attorneys here have at least 15 years of experience practicing personal injury and disability law.

Our second belief is that our attorneys are not just attorneys, but attorneys and counselors at law. We feel that getting you a great settlement as quickly as possible is only half of our job. The other half is counseling you along the way so that you understand every step of the legal process and that we can develop a close personal relationship with you, as this is important in not only understanding how your injury has affected your life, but that this will relieve alot of the worry that comes along when you have a legal case.

Our third belief is that everyone who works here have the utmost integrity, as people with integrity work hard, are compassionate toward you and will get you the best legal result you deserve. We hope every client here feels they have had a WOW EXPERIENCE, as this is what they deserve. We relentlessly pursue perfection, knowing that it is impossible to achieve it, but in the process, we hope to achieve exellence.

Paul d'Oliveira

Paul d'Oliveira
Founding Attorney

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Attorney Paul d'Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law now for OVER 29 YEARS. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 15 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.
Paul graduated from LaSalle Academy in Providence, RI in 1975 with honors. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Creighton University in 1979. He got his J.D. or law degree from Suffolk University in 1984.

Attorney d’Oliveira is admitted to practice law in both RI and MA. He attends several legal seminars every year to learn and apply new innovative ways to practice personal injury and social security disability law as well as learning about dangerous drugs and defective products. He is always looking for new ways to better service the clients in his firm as getting clients a fair settlement of their loss quickly so they can move on with their lives is important as is ongoing quality client service.

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His professional associations include the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Association of Justice, and the Rhode Island Association of Justice. He is the President of the Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable and is an active member of the Masters Marketing Group as well as part of the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Cara Gallucci

Cara Gallucci
Attorney

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Attorney Cara Gallucci has been with d’Oliveira & Associates for OVER 18 YEARS, i.e. since December of 1995. Since that time, she has been exclusively practicing personal injury and disability law. Attorney Gallucci currently works with clients within the Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Attleboro, Brockton and Taunton areas.

Attorney Gallucci graduated from Tollgate High School in Warwick, RI in 1984. She graduated from Boston College with a bachelors degree in 1988 and graduated in 1991 from Suffolk University Law School.

Attorney Gallucci is currently admitted to practice in RI and MA. She is admitted to practice before both state courts and United States District Courts of RI and MA. Attorney Gallucci’s professional associations and memberships include the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Association of Justice (RIAJ).

Laura Cameron

Laura Cameron
Attorney

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Attorney Laura Cameron has been with d’Oliveira & Associates for OVER 16 YEARS, since November of 1997. Since that time, she has been practicing personal injury and disability law exclusively. Attorney Cameron works with clients from the Warwick, Coventry, Cranston, Johnston, North Kingstown, and Providence areas.

In 1993 Attorney Cameron graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelors degree. In 1996 she graduated from Western New England School of Law.

Attorney Cameron is admitted to practice law in RI, MA and CT, and also in the United States District Court in MA. Attorney Cameron’s professional associations and memberships include the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Association for Justice (RIAJ).


D. Robin Gouveia

Robin Gouveia
Attorney

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Attorney D. Robin Gouveia has been with d’Oliveira & Associates since June of 2011, however, she has been practicing personal injury law for OVER 15 YEARS beginning in December of 1998. Since joining the firm, Attorney Gouveia has been exclusively practicing personal injury and disability law. Attorney Gouveia works with clients from the East Providence, Middletown, Pawtucket, Fall River and New Bedford areas.

Attorney Gouveia graduated from Bishop Stang High School in Smith Mills, MA in 1985. She graduated with a bachelors degree in 1989 from UMASS Dartmouth. She received her law degree from Southern New England Law School in 1998.

Attorney Gouveia is admitted to practice law in RI and MA state court and MA United States District Court. Attorney Gouveia’s professional association admissions include the Rhode Island Bar Association the Massachusetts Bar Association, the New Bedford Bar Association, the Bristol County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.


John Rochefort

John Rochefort
Intake Specialist / Investigator

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John has been with the law firm of d'Oliveira & Associates, P.C. since November 2010. John meets with clients in their home, work, hospital or one of our 15 offices in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. His job includes gathering all necessary facts and initial documents involving client claims. John also investigates crash scenes and records accident data. John's care and concern for our client's well being has proven to be a tremendous asset to our firm.





Tom d'Oliveira

Tom d'Oliveira
Firm Administrator
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Tom has been with the law firm of d'Oliveira & Associates, P.C. since February 2005. Tom is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the Law Firm’s Administrative office located in East Providence.

The Administrative office handles Human Resources, Employee Benefits, Firm Finances, Referrals, Web Site design and optimization, IT support, Facilities Management, and Firm Marketing.



Kristen DiChiaro

Kristen DiChiaro
Office Manager / Paralegal

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Kristen started at d'Oliveira & Associates, P.C. as a Legal Assistant in August 1994. Kristen was promoted to Paralegal and Office Manager, and she continues to provide exceptional customer service to clients, helping them with their Rhode Island and Massachusetts personal injury claims.
Kristen's overall attention to detail and warm personality has shown throughout the 17 years she has been employed with our firm. She takes great pride in managing the North Smithfield Office and her staff. She graduated with an Associates Degree from CCRI in 1994.



Lisa Rose

Lisa Rose
Office Manager / Paralegal

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Lisa Rose has been an Office Manager/Paralegal with our firm for nearly 15 years. She is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and assisting clients with all aspects of their claims. She has extensive experience handling Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents and dog bite claims, as well as social security disability.
She attended Providence College where she studied paralegal courses.
Lisa’s hard work, attention to detail and dedication has proven to be an asset to our firm and our clients.



Lisa Lennon

Lisa Lennon
Office Manager / Paralegal

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Lisa Lennon has been an Office Manager / Paralegal with d'Oliveira & Associates, P.C. for 12 years. She has extensive experience handling Rhode Island and Massachusetts personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, and social security. Lisa is also responsible for the training and development of newly hired staff members.
Lisa attended the Nasson Business School in Pawtucket, RI, where she earned a Certificate in Business Accounting. She also attended Johnson & Wales where she studied paralegal courses.
She has a tremendous gift for helping clients with all aspects of their claim and is able to provide exceptional service to every client.

Anthony Kooistra

Anthony Kooistra
Law Clerk

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Anthony started at d'Oliveira & Associates in October 2012. His current position has him doing legal research, writing Press Releases and Blogs.

Anthony is now attending Roger Williams University School of Law and will receive his juris doctorate in May 2013. He graduated from Evangel University in 2011 with a major in government and a Concentration in philosophy. He graduated from Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois in 2007. In the future, Anthony hopes to practice law and become a professor.



Patricia O'Donnell

Patricia O'donnell
Claims Adjuster

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Pat O’Donnell has recently joined the law firm of d’Oliveira & Associates, P.C. as a claims adjuster. She comes to our firm with over 30 years experience adjusting, analyzing and negotiating personal injury claims including hundreds of auto accident, slip & fall and dog bite cases. Also, Pat attended Quincy Jr. College and Stonehill College.

Her vast experience in claims adjusting and reputation for knowledge of legal liability, state tort laws and insurance policy coverage result in the best settlement results for our customers. Pat has excellent customer service skills when dealing with adjusters, attorneys and clients and works with the attorney to obtain the best settlements for our clients. Pat enjoys her job very much.



Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson
Paralegal

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Jill has been with the law firm of d'Oliveira and Associates, P.C. since July 2001. She graduated from the Paralegal Program at Gibbs College in 2001. Shortly thereafter she was hired as a receptionist and has since earned her position as Paralegal with this law firm.
Jill handles auto accident, slip and falls, dog bites, and social security disability cases. Her attention to detail and organizational skills have led to excellent client relationships. Jill continues to grow in her success with this law firm.


Jamie Sauco

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Paralegal

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Jamie is a Paralegal in our Warwick office. Jamie began working for d’Oliveira and Associates, P.C. in February 2006 as a receptionist and was quickly promoted to paralegal.

Jamie has extensive experience handling personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents and dog bite claims.

Jamie attended The Community College of Rhode Island and R.I. School of Design. She has a tremendous reputation for providing excellent customer service and assisting clients with all aspects of their claims.

Lindsay Ferreira

Lindsay Ferreira
Paralegal

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Lindsay started at d'Oliveira & Associates, P.C. as a Legal Assistant in May, 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Science from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA. in May, 2010.
Lindsay was promoted to Paralegal, and she continues to provide exceptional customer service to clients, helping them with their Rhode Island and Massachusetts personal injury claims. She is now handling car accidents, dog bites and slip and fall cases for clients in our Pawtucket and East Providence locations. Her thoroughness and attention to detail helps move clients' cases along in a timely and efficient manner, as she is able to maximize a successful result.

Donna Medeiros

Donna Medeiros
Paralegal

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Donna has worked as a Paralegal for Personal Injury law firms throughout Southeastern Massachusetts for 20 years. She recently joined d'Oliveira & Associates, PC, and brings extensive experience in all matters relating to personal injury claims and civil litigation. Donna has handled hundreds of motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls and dog bites cases.
Donna attended Kinyon Campbell Business School where she earned a Certificate in Paralegal Studies in 1990.
With her extensive experience, Donna is able to provide exceptional customer service to all of our clients; as well as answer their questions fully; and preparing each claim to be in the best position resulting in maximum recovery to our client.

 

Maricza Allende

Maricza Allende
Paralegal

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Maricza Allende has recently joined the law firm of  d’Oliveira & Associates, p.c. as a Paralegal.  She comes to our firm with 21 years of extensive background handling  personal injury cases including automobile accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, worker’s compensation injuries and social security. 

Maricza graduated with an Associates Degree from Bristol Community College in May, 1989.  She speaks fluent Spanish, has managed, trained and supervised administrative support personnel. Furthermore, Maricza has extensive experience in the customer service field.  Her caring and thoughtful demeanor, as well as her thoroughness and attention to detail are an asset for handling client’s claims.  She is looking forward to continuing her success utilizing her many skills with d'Olivera & Associates.

 

Jerilyn Willner

Jerilyn Willner
Legal Assistant

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Jerilyn has been a receptionist and legal assistant with the law firm since August of 2004. Her responsibilities include answering the phone, opening new files, and keeping the files up to date.

She also is in charge of the referral department in the North Smithfield office and handles each call with care. She is a hard worker with a friendly disposition and is a marvelous asset to the firm.




Mary Lou Mancini

Mary Lou
Legal Assistant

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Mary Lou started with d'Oliveira & Associates, P.C. as a Legal Secretary in January 2009. She graduated from Katherine Gibbs with a Certificate in Executive Administration.

She continues to grow in her responsibilities as she assists the Paralegals with all tasks involved with Personal Injury claims. Mary Lou's hard work and diligence with handling files is a wonderful asset to our staff in North Smithfield.



Melissa Higham

Melissa Higham
Legal Assistant

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Melissa started with d’Oliveira and Associates in June 2010. She earned her Associates degree in Paralegal Studies in May 2007 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

Melissa has worked for other reputable firms in Rhode Island including the law office of the former Mayor of Cranston.






Jodi Almeida

Jodi Almeida
Quality Control Paralegal

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Jodi recently joined the law firm of d’Oliveira & Associates as the Quality Control Paralegal. She comes to the firm with 15 years of experience handling personal injury, employment law and civil litigation matters. In addition, she has extensive experience with trial preparation of cases in both State and Federal Courts.

Jodi graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Johnson & Wales University in 1997. While attending JWU, she worked in the President’s office and also performed her internship with the RI Attorney General’s Office. Prior to joining the firm, she has worked for other reputable law firms in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Florida.

Jodi recently returned back to New England and is looking forward to continuing her legal career.



Linda Gormly

Linda Gormly
Quality Control

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Linda joined the firm in August of 2009 as an administrative assistant in the quality control department. Linda brings over twenty years of administrative experience in both education and the pharmaceutical industry to d'Oliveira & Associates.

She speaks with callers in the quality control department, and always is an understanding and informative voice for injured clients who call our office for assistance.





Antonia Lee

Antonia Lee
Quality Control

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Antonia has been with d'Oliveira & Associates since December, 2010 as a receptionist in the quality control department in East Providence.

Antonia studied biology at Rhode Island College and prior to joining our firm, she worked in medical offices. Antonia's knowledge of medical terms and issues paired with her compassionate customer service make her an asset to the firm.





Tiffany Shields

Tiffany Shields
Legal Assistant

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Tiffany currently works in the Pawtucket office, and has worked for d’Oliveira & Associates since November, 2011. Her responsibilities include answering the phone, opening new case files, and keeping the files organized.

Prior to joining our team, Tiffany studied at Community College of Rhode Island and also has worked in medical offices as well as customer service.

She continues to grow in her responsibilities as she assists the Paralegals with all tasks involved with Personal Injury claims.




Ashley Furtado

Ashley Furtado
Legal Assistant

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Ashley Furtado started with d'Oliveira & Associates, P.C. as a receptionist in March 2012. She currently works in the New Bedford office and her responsibilities include: answering the phone, greeting clients, opening new files, and keeping the files up to date.

Ashley is currently attending Bristol Community College.  She anticipates earning her Associates degree in Paralegal Studies in the fall of 2012.  Thereafter, she plans to continue her education at UMASS Dartmouth to further pursue her career in the legal field and enhance her ability to provide exceptional customer service.

Her attention to detail and great customer service skills provide a valuable asset to our clients.


Jann Rochefort

Jann Rochefort
Attorney Referrals Manager
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Jann started with d’Oliveira & Associates in August of 2003. She has experience from her previous career in sales. Jann supervises the Referrals Department and is responsible for planning the Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable, which is an annual Attorney Seminar hosted by Attorney Paul d’Oliveira.

Jann attended classes at Kansas State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and Mass Communications.



Susan d'Oliveira

Sue d'Oliveira
Human Resources Manager
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Susan has been with the firm since March of 1997. Initially, Susan was hired as a receptionist. Having been with the firm for several years and through various promotions, she has been exposed to many aspects and operations in our administrative office.

Currently, Sue functions as the firms’ HR Director and as such she administers all the employee benefits in addition to various HR functions. Susan has been a wonderful example of the firms’ desire and aspirations to promote from within.

d’Oliveira & Associates not only offers wonderful opportunities for advancement and a pleasant work environment, they provide quality service to their clients, in part by taking great care of the staff that serve them.

Barbara Cummiskey

Barbara Cummiskey
Accounting

Barbara joined the firm in 1994 and has been with the firm 17 years. Prior to the firm she performed accounting  duties in the areas of distributing, manufacturing, retailing and legal services.

Graduated from New Bedford High School   1968
Graduated from Bristol Community College  1996  - Business Administration

Treasurer of non Profit Associations in Westport Mass. Which included Westport Baseball, Basketball and Hockey Leagues, Parent/Teacher Associations in the Westport School System, and Westport Music Boosters.

 
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