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•   J. Renn Olenn
•   Joseph F. Penza, Jr.
•   Michael J. Colucci
•   Holly Remington Rao
•   Michael T. Prew
•   Martin K. DeMagistris
•   Melina 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.

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Olenn & Panza Partner Martin K. DeMagistris
Martin K. DeMagistris

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  • University of Rhode Island, B.A.
  • Catholic University Columbus
        School of Law, 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
  • All Massachusetts State Courts
  • United States First Circuit Court of
  • All New York State courts
  • Professional Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Professional Biography

    Martin joined Olenn & Penza in 2002 and has been a partner since 2009. He represents individuals, businesses, and insurers in all state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in a variety of litigation areas including wrongful death, personal injury, admiralty and maritime, employment, professional negligence, and environmental claims. Martin also has extensive experience in representing contractors and material suppliers in the construction industry with respect to creditors' rights, mechanics liens, payment and performance bonds, as well as defective material and negligent performance claims.

    In addition to his trial court work, Martin has represented numerous clients at the appellate court levels in the Rhode Island Supreme Court and First Circuit Court of Appeals in cases involving maritime, personal injury, probate, and employment matters.

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    Notable Experience and Awards

    Martin successfully represented the estate of a factory worker who was electrocuted by improperly grounded machinery. Despite significant liability defenses available to the defendant manufacturers, Martin settled the case just before trial for $465,000.

    Martin successfully defended a large northeast fishing company in the Rhode Island Federal Court and First Circuit Court of Appeals in a case brought by five former crewmen who alleged that the company owed them back wages and civil penalties for violation of maritime employment statutes. The appellate court affirmed the District Court's verdict which awarded plaintiffs less than 10% of their claimed damages.

    Martin secured a jury verdict for a defendant fishing vessel owner in a Jones Act/Unseaworthiness case tried in Rhode Island Superior Court. After the trial judge set aside the jury's verdict and ordered a new trial, Martin successfully appealed the decision to the Rhode Island Supreme Court which reinstated the jury's defense verdict.

    Representing a community of homeowners in Rhode Island, Martin procured over $1.8 million in settlements against various insurers and the environmental remediation contractor that negligently conducted the remediation of contaminated soil throughout the community.

    Martin successfully represented a former state director in an appeal to the Rhode Island Supreme Court regarding a drastic reduction in his salary. The lower court had entered judgment for the State. Martin successfully argued that the State had violated statutory and constitutional provisions which precluded the reduction, resulting in a reversal of the lower court's decision.

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