2015-2016 Bar Officers (l to r): President Melissa E. Darigan, Esq.; Treasurer Linda Rekas Sloan, Esq.; Secretary Carolyn R. Barone, Esq.; and President-Elect Armando E. Batastini, Esq.
Melissa E. Darigan, Esq. is President of the Rhode Island Bar Association. She is a partner in the business law and litigation firm, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, and co-chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, where she specializes in complex commercial, business and regulatory litigation for insurance companies and financial institutions and estate and trust litigation in the Probate and Superior Courts, including will contests and fiduciary liability matters. Melissa is a mentor in the firm's mentoring program and co-founded and co-chairs the firm's Women AdVocates for Enterprise (WAVE) initiative to help women in business advance professionally. She is a graduate of George Washington University and earned her law degree from Catholic University of America. For several years, Melissa chaired the Bar’s Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee. She was also the chair of the 2012 Annual Meeting Committee, a member of the Bar's Strategic Planning Committee and served on the New England Bar Association Board. Melissa is a member of the House of Delegates and, since 2007, served on the Executive Committee. She is a Rhode Island Bar Foundation Fellow. Melissa is admitted to practice in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts State and Federal courts, the U.S. District Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Armando E. Batastini, Esq. is President-Elect 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.
Linda Rekas Sloan, Esq. is Treasurer of the Rhode Island Bar Association. She is the Assistant Vice President of Business Development in the Rhode Island office of the Fidelity National Title Group which includes Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title and Fidelity National Title. She is also a principal at the firm of Linda Rekas Sloan, LLC, concentrating her practice in the areas of receivership law and litigation, corporate/business law and litigation, commercial transactions, and real estate transactional work. She currently serves on the panel of state court appointed receivers. She graduated from Providence College, magna cum laude, and earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association Executive Committee and House of Delegates, chaired the Bar’s 2010 Annual Meeting Committee, and chaired and served on several of the Bar’s standing committees. She was 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 Rhode Island, Massachusetts and before the United States District Courts for the Districts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. She was an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University School of Law and at Providence College. She has been a member of the Pawtuxet Valley Rotary Club since 1999 and served as a board member on many non-profit organizations. She is also serving an elected office as a West Greenwich Town Council member.
Carolyn R. Barone, Esq. is Secretary of the Rhode Island Bar Association. She has been associated with Kirshenbaum Law Associates throughout her legal career. A partner of the firm since 1987, her law practice is concentrated in all aspects of family law. She was honored through peer recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters and designated a Top Attorney in the state of Rhode Island. She has been on the faculty of many seminars devoted to family law and lectured on domestic relations practice for the Rhode Island Bar Association and the National Business Institute. She is a contributing author to A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island, First Ed., published by MCLE, Inc., 2009, on the topic of Business Valuations. She graduated magna cum laude from Bryant University and cum laude from New England Law/Boston. She is authorized to practice law in the State of Rhode Island, including the Federal District Court, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. She is on the Bar Association’s Executive Committee, a member of the Association’s House of Delegates and sits on the Public Service Committee. Attorney Barone is a long-standing participant in the Rhode Island Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyer Program and has received both the Pro Bono Publico Award and the Continuing Service Award.