Eric S. Brainsky is a founding partner of the Firm, concentrating his practice on commercial and business litigation, as well as real estate, environmental and land use litigation. Eric also contributes to the full range of the Firm's practice areas. He represents clients before the United States District Courts for Rhode Island and Massachusetts as well as the State Courts in both of those states.
Eric S. Brainsky was named as one of the “Top Attorneys-New England’s Outstanding Young Lawyers” by the American Registry a partner of Martindale Hubbell.
Eric has represented his clients in all phases of litigation, both at the trial court and the appellate levels. He has successfully litigated a broad range of cases for his clients including those involving contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, corporate disputes, tortious interference, fraud and asset recovery, real estate and property disputes, environmental issues, constitutional rights violations, construction disputes, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and defamation. Eric routinely represents his clients in lawsuits that seek to protect and enforce property rights that enable his clients to use, develop and enjoy their properties.
In addition to litigation, Eric has a substantial practice in real estate development and permitting. He regularly represents clients seeking to develop their properties in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Eric has assisted his clients in permitting a wide range of development projects including subdivisions, condominiums, affordable housing developments, mixed use projects, zoning changes, retail and wholesale commercial projects, gas stations, liquefied natural gas, miscellaneous industrial facilities and much more. Eric's work has included navigating the complex area of State and local regulatory permitting authorities including representing his clients before various local planning and zoning commissions, conservation commissions, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and other regulatory and licensing authorities. Eric also regularly assists his clients with representation in the administrative appeals of such matters.
Eric assists his clients in various commercial and real estate transactions including the preparation of residential and commercial leases, asset purchase agreements, stock sales, easements and deeds and business/license transfers. Eric has also assisted his clients in procuring restaurant, liquor and entertainment licenses in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including before the Massachusetts ABCC.
Prior to founding the Firm, Eric was employed as an attorney at John Reilly and Associates and previously, the Law Offices of Michael A. Kelly, P.C. Eric attended Roger Williams School of Law, graduating in 2005, where he obtained a Juris Doctor degree. While in Law School, Eric served as a Student Clerk in the Providence County Superior Court, as a Legislative Intern for Rhode Island General Assembly and as a Rule 9 Intern for the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General. Eric was honored to serve on the Student Bar Association, Honor Board, Moot Court and to receive the First Annual Roger Williams School of Law Leadership Award and Scholarship. Prior to Law School, Eric obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology and Management from the University of Rhode Island. While attending URI, Eric was an active member of the Hillel Organization, Inter-fraternal Council and the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Eric was also a member of the Golden Key International, Omicron Delta Kappa and National Leadership Honors Societies.
Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Attorneys in Massachusetts for 2017
Named as 2015 Top Attorneys-New England’s Outstanding Young Lawyers
Named as a 2015 Rising Star by Massachusetts Superlawyers
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Top Attorneys in Massachusetts Rising Starts, Boston Magazine, November 2015
John Reilly and Associates: Attorney (2011-2012)
The Law Offices of Michael A. Kelly, P.C.: Attorney (2005-2011)
Roger Williams School of Law: Juris Doctor (2005)
University of Rhode Island: B.S.-Wildlife Biology and Management (2002)
Rhode Island State and Federal District Court
Massachusetts State and Federal District Court
First Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
Rhode Island Federal Bench Bar Committee
Rhode Island Bar Association
Najas Realty, LLC v. Seekonk Water District et al., 821, F.3d 134 (1st Cir. 2016)
Peterborough Oil, LLC v. Massachusetts Department of Env. Protection, 474 Mass. 443 (Mass. 2016)
Sao Realty Co., Inc. v. City of East Providence, PC 2013-1125 (R.I. Super. Ct., April 28, 2014, J.Procaccini)
Najas Realty, LLC et al v. The Seekonk Water District, et al., 68 F.Supp.3d 246 (D.Mass. 2014)
Michael West et al v. McDonald, et al. 18 A.3d 526 (R.I. 2011)
Sand Trace, LLC v. Town of Smithfield, PC 09-1768 (R.I. Super. Ct. January 6, 2010, J.Lanphear)
David F. Miller, et al v. Metropolitan et al, PC 06-3336 (R.I. Super. Ct. September 7, 2010, J.Carnes)
Redwood Realty II, LLC et al v. Town of Cumberland, PC 08-1185, 1186, 1187 (R.I. Super. Ct. March 16, 2011, J.McGuirl)
Costa Development, LLC v. Pyers, 2012 WL 3144479 (M.A. Land Court, August 2, 2012)
Michael Levinson is a founding partner of the Firm, concentrating his practice on employment law/litigation, personal injury, corporate/business law, and estate planning. He represents clients before the United States District Courts and state courts for both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has also represented clients in the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Michael also has extensive experience in personal injury matters, including auto accidents, slip and fall/premise liability, and other tort related matters in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island courts.
Michael also represent clients in corporate and business matters, including advising and counseling clients on entity formation and governance, asset and stock purchases, commercial lending, commercial real estate transactions, and business succession planning.
In additional to employment law matters, Michael also has experience representing clients in personal injury matters, including auto accidents, slip and fall/premise liability, and other tort related matters. Michael also has experience in both estate planning and corporate/business law. Michael regularly assists clients in planning their estates , including the preparation and drafting of wills, powers of attorneys, trusts, and other estate planning documents. Michael's corporate and business law experience includes advising and counseling clients on a wide array of corporate and business issues, including entity formation and governance, asset and stock purchases, commercial lending, and buy-sell agreements.
Prior to founding the firm, Michael was employed as an attorney at John Reilly and Associates in Providence, Rhode Island, and previously, Daily & Associates in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Michael attended the Beasley School of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While in law school, Michael was a graduate teaching assistant in the Undergraduate Legal Studies Department where he taught students the basics of the American judicial and legal system. Michael also served as a student intern in the Law Department for the City of Philadelphia, representing the City in tort matters in Court. Finally, while in law school, Michael published a legal journal article entitled "A Sure Bet: Why New Jersey Would Benefit from Legalized Sports Wagering" which was published in the Spring 2006 edition of the Sports Lawyer's Journal (13 Sports Law J. 143).
Prior to law school, Michael graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Temple University. Michael was a member of the Political Science Honor Society. He also held the position of Undergraduate Teacher in the Computer and Information Science Department at Temple University, where he instructed students in an entry-level computer applications course.
Michael was previously elected to the Attleboro School Committee and has served on the Raynham Conservation Commission. He also has experience in the nonprofit sector, serving as a Member of the Board of Directors of Markman Children's Programs in Attleboro, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers' Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. He currently serves on the Rhode Island Bar Association's Employment/Labor Committee and is an Adjunct Professor in the Charlton College of Business at UMass Dartmouth where he teaches a Business Law course. He is also a CLE instructor on Employment Law matters.
John Reilly and Associates: Attorney (2009-2012)
Daily & Associates Attorney (2006-2009)
Beasley School of Law at Temple University: Juris Doctor (2006)
Temple University: B.A. - Political Science (2003)
Savino v. Bd. of Selectmen of East Bridgewater, 910 N.E.2d 974 (Mass. App. Ct. 2009)
Poole v. Mackey, 891 F.Supp.2d 255 (D.R.I. 2012)
Poole v. Mackey, 929 F.Supp.2d 35 (D.R.I. 2013)
Matthew Shaw is a partner at Brainsky Levinson, concentrating his practice in business and commercial litigation, personal injury, as well as environmental and land use related matters. In addition, Matthew contributes to the full range of the Firm’s practice areas, including its construction and employment law divisions. Matthew represents clients in all State courts in Rhode Island, the United States District Court of the District of Rhode Island and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Prior to joining Brainsky Levinson, Matthew served as Special Assistant Attorney General at the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, Civil Division from 2009 through 2016. Assigned to the Government Litigation Unit, Matthew was responsible for representing State agencies, organizations, and employees in all facets of civil litigation in the State and Federal District Courts of Rhode Island. During that time period Matthew routinely handled a wide array of cases involving, among other things, employment discrimination, personal injury, contract and purchasing disputes, and matters concerning constitutional issues. In addition to serving in the Government Litigation Unit, Matthew also served in the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General’s Environmental Unit. Matthew’s work at the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General allowed him the opportunity to work with agency counsel, executives and other prominent officials from State Agencies such as the Rhode Island Departments of Administration, Health, Corrections, Transportation, Environmental Management, Labor and Training, and Health and Human Services.
Special Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division,Rhode Island Department of Attorney General (2009 – 2016)
Attorney Law Offices of Michael A. Kelly, P.C. (2005 – 2009)
Vermont: Law School, South Royalton, Vermont Juris Doctor, Master of Studies in Environmental Law
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia: B.A. Government and Politics
State of Rhode Island
United States District Court, District of Rhode Island
United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Office Manager-Senior Paralegal
Jennifer joined Brainsky Levinson, LLC in June of 2014 as a Senior Paralegal and has worked primarily with the Firm’s litigation, personal injury and estate planning practice groups since that time. Jennifer was recently promoted to serve as the Firm’s Office Manager, and will continue to assist the Firm as a Senior Paralegal and will concentrate much of her work with the Firm’s litigation and personal injury practice groups. She has 16 years of experience as a certified paralegal, focusing her practice on personal injury and civil litigation matters. Prior to joining Brainsky Levinson, LLC, Jennifer worked at Karns Law Group where she managed cases pertaining to personal injury and worker's compensation matters. Jennifer attended UMASS, Dartmouth where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice and subsequently obtained her Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies from Bristol Community College.
Karns Law Group: (Senior Paralegal) 1997-2013
UMASS - Dartmouth: B.A. in Sociology/Criminal Justice
Bristol Community College: Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies
UMASS - Dartmouth: 1997
Bristol Community College: 1994
Yvonne joined Brainsky Levinson, LLC in January 2017 as a Senior Paralegal.
Yvonne has over 40 years’ experience working in the legal field. Yvonne has assisted clients through a diverse array of legal issues including those related to personal injury, business litigation, immigration, civil rights, municipal, family, estate planning, real estate, education, and commercial transactional matters.
Prior to joining Brainsky Levinson, LLC, Yvonne worked at John Reilly & Associates in her capacity as its Senior Paralegal, while also serving as one of its Office Managers.
Yvonne and her husband Charles are extensively involved in volunteer work in the community. Additionally, they are presently enjoying learning the Lao language to enhance their volunteer work.
John Reilly & Associates – Providence, RI
Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum Attorneys at Law, Inc. – Cranston, RI
KAF Staffing, LLC – Lincoln, RI
James Monchik, M.D. – Providence, RI
Revens, Blanding, Revens & St. Pierre, PC – Warwick, RI
Lochiatto & Lawrence, Attorneys at Law – Mystic, CT
Talcott, Gould & Cosgrove, Attorneys at Law – Worcester, MA
Greg started working at Brainsky Levinson, LLC in August 2016, joining the Firm’s team of paralegals. Greg has 18 years of experience working as a paralegal. During that time Greg has assisted in servicing clients’ needs in an extensive array of practice areas, including matters pertaining to real estate development and permitting, complex commercial litigation, construction law, business disputes, personal injury, and probate-related issues.
Greg works primarily with the Firm’s litigation department but also provides comprehensive assistance in all other Firm matters.
Prior to joining Brainsky Levinson, LLC, Greg worked for a Massachusetts general practice law office, a municipal law department, a medium-sized litigation firm in Providence, and for a solo practitioner.
Greg received his Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Roger Williams University.
Law Office of Roberta J. Mulholland (2014 – 2016)
Law Offices of Michael A. Kelly (2006 - 2013)
City of Pawtucket, RI Law Department (2001 - 2006)
Dailey & Associates (1999 - 2000)
Roger Williams University: Certificate in Paralegal Studies
Providence College: M.A., American History
Krystal joined Brainsky Levinson, LLC in October of 2015 as a Legal Assistant. Krystal brings with her 11 years of customer service experience, where she has honed her skills in order to achieve maximum customer satisfaction, and to contribute to the overall success of the company. Upon joining the Firm, Krystal established an immediate rapport with the Firm’s legal team, its clients and business associates. Krystal is reliable, and driven and possesses outstanding time management and prioritization abilities.
Prior to joining Brainsky Levinson, LLC, Krystal was an Assistant General Manager for an International Restaurant Organization where she developed strong interpersonal and relationship building skills. Krystal attended Community College of Rhode Island where she studied Communication, Business, and Psychology.
Krystal is Notary Public in the State of Rhode Island and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Lockwood/McKinnon Franchise (Assistant General Manager) (2005 – 2014)
Community College of Rhode Island: Communication, Business, & Psychology
From Spring 2015 until October, 2016, Attorney Ferragamo served as an Associate Attorney with the Firm, concentrating his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and real estate developing and permitting. During that time, Attorney Ferragamo represented dozens of the Firm’s clients before the State and Federal District Court of Rhode Island, as well as the State Courts of Massachusetts. Attorney Ferragamo also regularly appeared at administrative hearings in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts involving land use related issues.
In October, 2016, Attorney Ferragamo left the employ of the Firm to pursue an In-House Counsel and Senior Statistician position with a prestigious fundraising general contracting company located in Washington, D.C. Notwithstanding the change of his daily employment, Attorney Ferragamo will maintain his close personal and professional relationship with the Firm in an Of Counsel capacity. Note that “Of Counsel” designations denote that attorneys are not directly affiliated with, nor employed by the Firm, but nevertheless maintain a close and/or regular personal and professional relationship with the Firm.
Prior to law school, Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Rhode Island College. Michael was a secretary of the Rhode Island College Philosophy Club. After, Michael worked with a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. providing strategic analysis and consulting to optimize the advocacy and fundraising efforts for national nonprofit organizations and political campaigns.
In addition to his time at the Firm, Michael was previously employed with the New Bedford, MA Law Firm of Beauregard, Burke & Franco. Michael attended Roger Williams University School of Law where he procured a Juris Doctor Degree. While in Law School, Michael participated in the Roger Williams Business Start-up Clinic, and also served as a student clerk in the Rhode Island Superior Court, as well as in Delaney Law Firm, LLC, located in Providence, Rhode Island.
Roger Williams University School of Law: Juris Doctor (2014)
Rhode Island College: Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy (2006)
Massachusetts State Court