In a major expansion of the scope and depth of its legal services, Donoghue Barrett & Singal (DBS) announced recently that Stephen F. Del Sesto, a native of Cranston, has joined the firm as a partner.
Del Sesto, who previously practiced at Shechtman Halperin Savage in Pawtucket, will practice in the firm’s Boston and Providence offices.
A member of the bar in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Del Sesto specializes in corporate insolvency and restructuring, general corporate counsel and business and civil litigation. He has more than a decade of experience managing high-profile receivership matters and insolvent businesses, creditors’ and debtors’ rights issues, commercial real estate transactions, commercial zoning and licensing, and commercial business transactions.
“We are thrilled that a lawyer of Steve’s stature is joining our team,” said Jeffrey Chase-Lubitz, managing partner of the DBS Providence office. “His experience and presence in the community allows us to immediately broaden our services to existing and new clients in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Having his recognized expertise at DBS is the first step of many to follow in a focused effort to grow our office in the coming months.”
“DBS provides an excellent platform for me to build on my areas of practice and, more importantly, develop additional corporate work,” said Del Sesto. “I intend to particularly focus on helping small- to medium-sized businesses with a wide range of legal services to assist in their continuing success and growth. I look forward to working closely with a highly talented group of lawyers who provide expert counsel and maintain the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.”
Well known in Rhode Island business, government and legal circles, Del Sesto has been a business and insolvency attorney for nearly 15 years. He has more than nine years’ experience serving as a court-appointed fiduciary in Rhode Island and Massachusetts business disputes and business insolvencies, and experience with alternative dispute resolution and as a civil business litigation mediator.
For more than five years, he provided legal counsel and oversight for the day-to-day operations of the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, which was successfully brought out of receivership and purchased by Prime Healthcare Services last November.
Just recently, Del Sesto became a contributing author to “Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses,” a two-volume desk reference set that provides a thorough overview of options available to distressed businesses, their creditors, and other constituencies. His authorship focused on strategies and alternatives available for distressed businesses in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine.
Del Sesto earned his law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island. He was law clerk for the Honorable Maureen McKenna Goldberg, Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and the late Honorable Joseph R. Weisberger, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He was also clerk for Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson, former R.I. Superior Court Justice, who is now a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
He is a member of the R.I. Bar Association’s Debtors’ and Creditors’ Rights Committee, Business Organizations Committee and a liaison with the Accountants Committee. Del Sesto is also a founding member of the recently re-established Rhode Island Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association and he serves on the Board of Directors of New Urban Arts in Providence.
Del Sesto now resides in East Providence.