Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, LLC

Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, LLP   One Park Row Suite 300 Providence, RI 02903 | 15 Franklin Street Westerly, RI 02891
TELEPHONE: 401.453.6400   FAX: 401.453.6411
Robert D

Robert D. Fine



Phone: 401.453.6400

Fax: 401.453.6411

Mr. Fine concentrates in business and civil litigation. He has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts and is serving as the general counsel to the receiver for Rhode Island-domiciled insurance companies in receivership liquidation proceedings. Mr. Fine has extensive corporate litigation and anti-trust experience including the defense of a Fortune 500 company. He has written and lectured extensively in the area of employment law and the American with Disabilities Act. He is a board member of the Penn Alumni Club of Rhode Island, the Gordon School and a former board member of Temple Beth-El.

Mr. Fine is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a leading business litigation lawyer by the New England Super Lawyers directory. In 2011, he was selected as a Leader in the Law by Rhode Island Lawyers' Weekly.

Mr. Fine is one of the founders of Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, LLP. He was formerly a partner in the Providence law firm of Tillinghast Licht & Semonoff, LLP.

Representative Matters

  • Marques v. Pawtucket Mutual Insurance Co., 915 A.2d 745 (RI 2007): representing state court appointed rehabilitator of insurance company which successfully emerged from rehabilitation, defending claims of creditors challenging rehabilitation plan.
  • Whitehouse v. Rumford Property and Liability Insurance Co., 658 A.2d 506 (RI 1995): representing state court appointed receiver of an insurance company in litigation regarding claim filing procedures and bar dates.
  • UXB Sand and Gravel v. Rosenfeld Concrete Corp., 599 A.2d 1033 (RI 1991): represented by and seller of land with mineable gravel operations and defeated antitrust claims of previous renter.
  • Serzan v. Director of Dept. of Evnironmental Mgmt., 692 A.2d 671 (RI 1997): successfully represented landowner in a claim for additional compensation in an eminent domain case.
  • Niehoff v. Maynard, 299 F.3d 41 (1st Cir. 2002): represented investors in private placement against managing member for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Rosciti v. Insurance Co. of State of Penn., 659 F.3d 92 (1st Cir. 2011): represented motor vehicle purchaser in precedent setting direct action against tortfeasor's insurer and obtained reversal of adverse ruling by lower court.


  • Georgetown University Law Center (JD)
  • University of Pennsylvania (BA, cum laude)
  • University of London (MA)

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit


  • Rhode Island Bar Association

updated: 5 months ago