We think that our people set us apart. Our culture is warm, familial, and conducive to brainstorming and idea sharing. While we're small enough to have a highly developed concept of teamwork, we're large enough to have won the confidence of major companies.

•   J. Renn Olenn
•   Joseph F. Penza, Jr.
•   Michael J. Colucci
•   Holly Remington Rao
•   Michael T. Prew
•   Martin K. DeMagistris
•   Melina J. Trudeau
•   Krista J. Schmitz
•   Michael B. Forte, Jr.
•   Jeffrey W. Kasle
•   Michael R. Ferron

Whatever your needs, you'll find us fully focused on finding the very best solution to your problem. Olenn & Penza, LLP has received the highest rating by the independent legal rating agency, Martindale-Hubbell. We strive to make every single one of our clients, large or small, feel that they are our only client.

•   Admiralty & Marine
•   Business Transactions & Litigation
•   Construction
•   Insurance
•   Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
•   Personal Injury
•   Police, Fire & other Labor
•   Probate & Estates
•   Professional Liability
•   Real Estate
Olenn & Penza Partner Michael B. Forte, Jr.
Michael B. Forte, Jr.

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  • Providence College, B.S. in Accountancy,
        Minors in Finance and Spanish
  • Suffolk University, Master of Business
        Administration (Beta Gamma Sigma
        Honor Society)
  • Suffolk University School of Law, J.D.
        (Cum Laude)
  • Admitted to practice
    and experience before

  • All Rhode Island State Courts
  • United States District Court for the
        District of Rhode Island
  • All Massachusetts State Courts
  • United States District Court for the
        District of Massachusetts
  • First Circuit and US Supreme Court
  • Certifications

  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Superior Court Receivership Panel
  • Family Court Receivership Panel
  • Professional Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Professional Biography

    Michael B. Forte joined Olenn & Penza in 2008 as a litigation associate. Since joining Olenn & Penza, Michael has enjoyed a diverse litigation caseload including insurance defense litigation involving defective construction and fire loss, professional liability defense, creditor's rights, and defense of insurance bad faith claims.

    As a certified fraud examiner, Michael has extensive experience in litigating a variety of matters involving accounting, finance, and record keeping primarily in the areas of legal malpractice defense, insurer bad faith, and public employment matters.

    In addition to his own clients, Michael has assisted the partners in a variety of complex litigation including public pension reform and retirement benefits, municipal liability litigation, environmental clean-up and insurance matters, and catastrophic personal injury cases.

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    Notable Experience and Recognition

    Most recently, Michael was appointed to serve as legal counsel to the West Warwick Pension Board where he will be advising the Board on a variety of issues and disputes involving retirement benefit claims.

    At the age of 19, prior to attending law school, Michael was elected to the Little Compton Budget Committee and at 21 elected Chairman of the same.

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