joined the firm as an associate in 2005 and became
a member of the firm in 2009. In his civil practice,
Girard concentrates on Civil Litigation, and has
experience on a wide range of matters including
landlord/tenant matters, personal injury, property
rights, collections, contract disputes, banking
law and education law. He also practices in the
areas of wills and trusts, and real estate transactions.
He also has significant experience in Probate
Court litigation. Girard is admitted to practice
in the Rhode Island State Courts and is also licensed
to practice in Rhode Island Federal District Court.
In 2008, Girard was sworn in as
the Assistant City Solicitor for Prosecutions
for the City of Newport. In this role, Girard
prosecutes all misdemeanor criminal matters and
ordinance violations for the City. Girard also
uses his significant trial experience as a prosecutor
to benefit those in need of a defense to criminal
charges from neighboring communities.
Girard grew up on Aquidneck Island.
He is a magna cum laude graduate of James Madison
University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and also
attended the University of London in London, England.
Prior to law school, Girard was employed by the
House Armed Services Committee in the United States
House of Representatives. He received his law
degree from George Mason University School of
Law, in Arlington, Virginia in May 2005. In his
final semester of law school, Girard clerked for
the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.
Girard and his family have significant
ties to Newport and to the larger Aquidneck Island
community. He served on the Newport County YMCA
Board of Directors from 2007-2013 and served as
the president of the Board from 2011-2013. Girard
is currently a member of the Board of Trustees
of the Newport Public Library. He is a communicant
of St. Joseph’s Church.
Areas of Practice:
- Criminal Defense
- Personal Injury
- Will Contests
- Landlord – Tenant
- Real Estate
- Domestication of Foreign Judgments
- Expungement of records
- J.D., George Mason University School of Law
- B.A., James Madison University, magna cum
Phone: (401) 847-0872
Fax: (401) 847-5810
Girard A. Galvin