Bar Association 2013-2014 Officer Profiles


J. Robert Weisberger, Jr., Esq., President

J. Robert Weisberger, Jr., Esq. is President of the Rhode Island Bar Association. He is counsel with Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP serving in the firm’s litigation management department representing CVS as national litigation counsel. Bob is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Executive Committee and House of Delegates, and he chairs the Bar Association’s Task Force on the Unbundling of Legal Services. He has chaired the Bar’s Government Relations Committee and the Annual Meeting Planning Committee. He has also served on several of the Bar’s standing committees. Bob is a Rhode Island Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the American Bar Association. For many years, he served as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of McAuley House. He serves his town of Smithfield as its Town Moderator. He and his wife Gail have two children.

Bruce W. McIntyre, Esq., President-Elect

Bruce W. McIntyre, Esq., is President-Elect of the Rhode Island Bar Association. He is the Director of Program Oversight at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. He was legal counsel to the Rhode Island Department of Health, Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline since 1991. His legal expertise is in the areas of medical regulation of hospitals, physicians, physician assistants, chiropractic physicians, and acupuncture and oriental medicine.  He is an immediate past Director at the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US, Inc. (FSMB), Dallas, Texas and Administrators in Medicine (AIM).

Melissa E. Darigan, Esq., Treasurer

Melissa E. Darigan, Esq. is Treasurer of the Rhode Island Bar Association. She is a partner in the Providence law firm of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP and chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, specializing in complex commercial, business and regulatory litigation. She is a mentor in the firm’s mentoring program and co-founded and assists the administration of the firm’s Women AdVocates for Enterprise (WAVE) initiative helping women in business advance professionally. She is a graduate of George Washington University, and she earned her law degree from Catholic University of America. She is chair of the Bar’s Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, a member of the House of Delegates, chaired the 2012 Annual Meeting Committee, and, since 2007, has served as a member of the Executive Committee. She was also a member of the Bar’s Strategic Planning Committee which developed a five-year plan to guide the Association. She is a Rhode Island Bar Foundation Fellow and a New England Bar Association Board member. She is admitted to practice in the: U.S. District Courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts; the U.S. District Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Armando E. Batastini, Esq., Secretary

Armando Batastini, Esq. is Secretary of the Rhode Island Bar Association.  He is a partner in the Providence office of Nixon Peabody LLP and a commercial and real estate litigator. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he served as an officer in the United States Navy, and is an Operation Desert Storm veteran.  He received his law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law, magna cum laude, and served as judicial law clerk for Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger.  He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association Executive Committee and House of Delegates and the New England Bar Association Board of Directors, co-chair of the 2014 Annual Meeting Committee, and a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation He has served on several standing Bar committees, and actively participates in the Volunteer Lawyer Program, Lawyers for the Elderly, and the Armed Forces Legal Services Project.  He is the recipient of the Bar Association 2008 Pro Bono Publico Award.  He and his wife Kara reside in Harmony, Rhode Island with their son Lucien.