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Matthew T. Oliverio, Esq.

Matthew T. Oliverio, Esq.Main Practice Area: Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Admitted: Rhode Island and Massachusetts

55 Dorrance Street
Suite 400
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: (401) 861-2900 x 101
Fax: (401) 861-2922
e-mail: mto@om-rilaw.com


Education : Published Cases : Seminars : Affiliations : Community Involvement

Matthew T. Oliverio, an AV® Preeminent Rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell, has successfully litigated and tried numerous, complex civil cases for the past twenty nine years in the state and federal courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts from their inception through appeal before the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

His clients, like the cases he litigates, are as diverse as their legal needs and include individuals, businesses of all types and sizes, corporations, both publicly traded and privately held, public and quasi-public boards, agencies and commissions, including various state and municipal organizations and agencies as well as non-profit and charitable organizations.  He was the successful lead trial and appellate counsel for the City of Cranston in School Committee of City of Cranston v. City of Cranston, 984 A.2d 629 (R.I. 2009), the landmark school funding case under the Caruolo Act.

Mr. Oliverio’s experience includes the prosecution and defense of claims involving employment and labor issues, personal injury actions, product liability, warranty, wrongful death claims, property and land use rights.  His experience in the areas of business and corporate disputes include cases involving fraud, breach of and interference with contracts, breach of fiduciary duties, shareholder disputes, covenants not to compete, insurance defense and coverage matters, investment and securities fraud, accounting issues, insolvency matters, and regulatory disputes that require his appearance before a variety of regulatory agencies.

For many years, Mr. Oliverio has served as either Solicitor or Assistant City Solicitor for several municipalities in the State of Rhode Island where he is responsible for all litigation matters, including misdemeanor prosecutions, labor arbitrations and collective bargaining disputes.


  • Providence College, B.S., magna cum laude, 1982
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Law Clerk, Superior Court, Providence, Rhode Island, 1985-1986


  • When Commercial Freedoms Collide: Trade, Secrets, Covenants Not to Compete and Free Enterprise, Rhode Island Bar Journal, Vol. XLVII, Number 8 (May 1999)
  • Co-Author, A Practical Guide to Evidence in Rhode Island, (MCLE, Inc. 1st ed. 2011)


Mr. Oliverio has taught seminars on the following topics:

  • Product Liability Strategies and Prevention
  • Ethics in the Discovery Process
  • Covenants Not to Compete
  • Civil Remedies
  • Civility in the Courts
  • School Committee Funding Disputes
  • Jury Outreach to High School Students
  • Labor and Employment Panel Discussion
  • Deposition Skills and Litigation Training

Professional Affiliations/Awards

  • American Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • US District Court Bench/Bar Committee
  • US District Court Local Rules Committee (Co-Chair, 2015-2016)
  • Justinian Law Society
  • Fellow, Rhode Island Bar Foundation
  • Member, Judicial Council to the Governor
  • Volunteer Performance Judge and Past Board Member, Rhode Island Legal/Educational Partnership
  • Volunteer Lawyer Program (Recipient, Pro Bono Publico Award, 1992)
  • New England Super Lawyers (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013. 2014 and 2015)
  • Commissioner, Judicial Nominating Commission (2002-2007)
  • Commissioner, Judicial Tenure & Discipline Commission (2009-2014)

Community Involvement

In his spare time, Mr. Oliverio serves as an active communicant with his parish of Our Lady of the Rosary in Providence, RI.  He also devotes his talents as trustee for several local theatre endowments and serves as a volunteer on numerous committees for these organizations.  For years he actively volunteered his time to assist several local middle and high schools as a mock trial coach, parent’s council and advancement committee member.   Mr. Oliverio is a past board member for Our Lady of Mercy School in East Greenwich, RI and he currently serves as trustee and member of the executive committee for St. Mary Academy-Bay View in Riverside, RI.

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