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 Trudeau
•   Krista J. Schmitz
•   Michael B. Forte, Jr.
•   Jeffrey W. Kasle

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

Admiralty & Marine

Rhode Island’s Clear Choice for Maritime Law

For two decades, Olenn and Penza has represented dozens of fishing vessels, fishermen, and insurers in all aspects of civil maritime litigation, including insurance defense and litigation in all aspects of Jones Act, unseaworthiness, and maintenance and cure claims. Over the years, our admiralty practice has expanded into litigation and legal services involving maritime employment contracts, insurance coverage, and subrogation.


A Record of Success on the Water

Our attorneys have successfully tried both jury and non-jury trials in Rhode Island federal and state courts, as well as numerous appeals to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2008, Olenn & Penza successfully represented two of the largest fishing vessels in New England in the first fishing agreement violation case under 46 U.S.C. §10601 and §11107 in the First Circuit. The verdict was subsequently affirmed in the First Circuit.


Changing Course Quickly

Over the last decade, the commercial fishing and maritime insurance industry have faced dramatic changes in Jones Act and general maritime personal injury case law, resulting in increasing business challenges to the industry, including increased costs of litigation, larger personal injury awards, and consistently increased regulatory restrictions. Olenn & Penza has, and continues to understand and meet these challenges for its clients by implementing practical and cost-effective methods in handling admiralty claims and disputes, including the resolution of dozens of claims through arbitration and mediation.

No matter the nature of your admiralty and marine issues, Olenn & Penza has the experience and reputation to provide you with the highest quality legal representation.

Contact Olenn & Penza, LLP

OLENN & PENZA, LLP   Attorneys at Law Practicing in RI and MA
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