2014-2015 Bar Officers (l to r): Treasurer Armando E. Batastini, Esq.; Secretary Linda Rekas Sloan, Esq.; President Bruce W. McIntyre, Esq.; and President-Elect Melissa E. Darigan, Esq.
At the Bar’s Annual Meeting, a new slate of Officers was unanimously elected. All Bar Officers’ terms run from July, 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The new Bar Officers names and profiles follow.
Bruce W. McIntyre, Esq., is President of the Rhode Island Bar Association. He is the Director of the Office Program Integrity for the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services. He was legal counsel to the Rhode Island Department of Health from 1991 to 2012 and Acting Chief Administrative Officer for the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline. He is a graduate of Suffolk University and New England Law School. His legal expertise is in the areas of medical regulation of hospitals, physicians, physician assistants, chiropractic physicians, and acupuncture and oriental medicine. He is past Director at the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US, Inc. (FSMB), Dallas, Texas and Administrators in Medicine (AIM). He previously served as a member of the Jamestown, Rhode Island Town Council.
Melissa E. Darigan, Esq. is President-Elect 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 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 for helping 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 Treasurer 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 Secretary of the Rhode Island Bar Association. She is a principal at the firm of Linda Rekas Sloan & Associates, LLC, concentrating her practice in the areas of receivership and insolvency 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 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 currently teaches as an adjunct professor 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.