Welcome to the Law Offices of Joseph M. DiOrio, Inc.
Joe DiOrio launched his law practice in May of 2005 after more than two decades of experience at large law firms. With a well-established reputation and a strong Rhode Island and Massachusetts focus, Joe sought an independent model to continue his bankruptcy and creditors' rights practice. He envisioned a law office with fewer conflict obstacles, more partner-level attention ... and a straightforward style that mirrored his no-nonsense attitude. He was confident he could deliver the same legal expertise as the larger firms in a quicker, more nimble fashion. Today, Joe and his staff of attorneys are known for their ability to respond swiftly to conflict inquiries, to aggressively attack the problem at hand, and to vigorously assert themselves into the mix. They exemplify a results-oriented approach with the agility to get the deal done without becoming bogged down in large-firm bureaucracy.
144 Westminster Street, Suite 302
Providence RI 02903
Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
Our practice is devoted to enforcing the rights of creditors, both secured and unsecured. The firm represents premier financial institutions, non-bank lenders and trade creditors; and parties to executory contracts including landlords. We have worked in industries that include healthcare, retail and manufacturing. We counsel lenders restructuring credit facilities, trade creditors seeking protection of their rights both in and out of bankruptcy and receivership court and buyers purchasing assets at bankruptcy court sales and secured party sales. We work with secured creditors to enforce their rights under their security documents, and landlords addressing rejection, assumption and assignment of leases in bankruptcy court. We represent creditors and other parties in pursuit of and defense against fraudulent transfer remedies and in defense of preferential transfers under the federal bankruptcy code. Joe DiOrio is frequently appointed as a state court receiver, federal bankruptcy trustee or special master, where he is charged with administering debt, liquidating property and satisfying creditor obligations pursuant to federal and state law. In that capacity, Joe has operated businesses, and managed and sold real estate.
Joe DiOrio earned his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College and his law degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. He is a member of the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Federal Bar Associations. He is admitted in the United States District Court for the Districts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Joe was selected by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for the category of Bankruptcy & Creditors-Debtors Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law for 2014, and also for the category of Bankruptcy Litigation for 2013. He has received the Martindale Hubbell rating AV, the highest rating given to attorneys attained from confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers for many years. The firm received 2014 first-tier rankings by Best Law Firms in three areas: Bankruptcy & Creditors-Debtors Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law, Bankruptcy Litigation, and Banking & Finance Law. The U.S. News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process from clients and lawyers.
He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Commercial Law League of America, the Turnaround Management Association, and the National Bankruptcy Trustee Association. Joe is a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. He was a longstanding board member for the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting victims of domestic violence.
Gardner "Chip" Palmer concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on business litigation, employment litigation and construction litigation.
He is admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, U.S. District Court of Rhode Island, and United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and has appeared before numerous administrative agencies. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College in 1979 and earned his law degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University in 1987, where he served as Executive Editor of the Transnational Law Journal.
He serves as Chairman of the North Kingstown Planning Board and has been active in leadership capacities on the town's Zoning Board and Affordable Housing Task Force. He was appointed by the League of Cities and Towns to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Affordable Housing. He has been active in the North Kingstown American Little League program, serving as Vice President, coach and designated safety officer.
Kristen L. Forbes joined the team at DiOrio Law in July 2012 as an associate. Most recently, she was an associate at a commercial practice firm for two years. She also has served as a law clerk for the Rhode Island Superior Court and as a legal intern with both the New York State Division of Human Rights and with Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York.
Kristen earned her J.D. from New York Law School in 2008, and was the recipient of an Excellence in Public Service Certificate. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island with minors in Philosophy and Spanish in 2005, and a certificate for Outstanding Accomplishment and Performance in the Honors Program.
Ms. Forbes is admitted to practice law in all state courts in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts, and the United States District Court for the Districts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the New York Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Kristen is an active member of the Rhode Island and Newport Yacht Clubs. She is an accomplished competitive synchronized team figure skater and was a member of the Team USA where she competed internationally.
Stephanie M. Peltier is a paralegal with more than ten years of experience. She supports the firm's attorneys in all areas of practice including commercial finance transactions and the administration of bankruptcy and receivership estates, where she assists in the complex reporting demands of state receivers and bankruptcy trustees.
Prior to joining Joe DiOrio in the launch of his practice, Stephanie worked as a legal assistant in the banking area at the international law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP. Stephanie also serves as the office administrator, maintaining frequent client contact and ensuring prompt service and efficiencies for the firm's clients.
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from Woodbury College in 2004 and an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of Rhode Island in 2000. She served as a legal intern at the Vermont law firm of Stackpole & French. She is a member of the National Paralegal Association, the Rhode Island Paralegal Association, and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustee's Association as well as an associate member of the Rhode Island Bar Association.