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 Melina Trudeau
Melina J. Trudeau

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  • University of Rhode Island, B.A.
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
  • Admitted to practice
    and experience before

  • All Rhode Island trial courts
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the
        District of Rhode Island
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Professional Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Justinian Law Society
  • BNI Member
  • Professional Biography

    Melina J. Trudeau is a partner at Olenn & Penza and joined the firm in 2004. Melina practices in a variety of areas of civil litigation. Her clients primarily include small businesses, mental health providers, social workers, attorneys in legal malpractice cases, as well as individuals and large and small corporations in insurance defense matters. Melina has conducted both jury and non-jury trials in Rhode Island state courts in cases involving personal injury and property boundary disputes.

    In addition to her trial practice, Melina has successfully settled and resolved countless cases through binding and nonbinding arbitration and mediation. Melina has cultivated a medical and dental malpractice clientele with guidance from her mentor and founding partner Renn Olenn.

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    Notable Experience and Recognition

    Most recently, Melina secured a defense verdict for her nonprofit corporate client in a case involving severe injuries of the minor plaintiff. Melina, the nonprofit corporate client, and the insurer agreed that the plaintiff's numerous settlement demands were unreasonable in light of the costs and probabilities of success at trial. After a four day jury trial, the strategy proved successful.

    Similarly, Melina secured a defense verdict in a case involving liability for a car accident. The plaintiff, a prominent business man, was seeking over one hundred thousand dollars in damages for internal injuries which resulted in the surgical removal of his spleen. After a week-long trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Melina's client and found that the plaintiff alone was at fault for the accident.

    In addition to her trial court work, Melina has successfully represented clients in appeals to the Rhode Island Supreme Court in cases involving violations of professional ethics, legal and professional malpractice.

    Melina also has extensive experience handling claims for adverse possession, both on the plaintiff and defendant sides, having litigated these cases through trial and/or pretrial resolution.

    Prior to attending law school, Melina worked as a substitute teacher in a number of Rhode Island public schools, most notably as a long term substitute teaching Italian in a local Rhode Island high school.

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