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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
Douglas J.

Douglas J. Emanuel



Phone: 401.453.6400

Fax: 401.453.6411

Rhode Island Professional Excellence Award

Mr. Emanuel is a member of the firm's Business & Civil Litigation Group. He has extensive courtroom experience, representing the State of Rhode Island, major consumer products companies, multinational real estate developers, small businesses and individuals in the State and Federal Courts of Rhode Island. In addition, he serves as an Arbitrator in the Rhode Island Supreme Court court-annexed arbitration program.

Doug is also a member of the firm's Trusts, Estate Planning & Administration Group and advises the firm’s clients on estate planning needs and considerations, long-term asset protection, Medicaid planning, probate practice and procedure and trust administration.

He has served as chair of the Rhode Island Bar Association's New Lawyers Committee, and is a frequent performance judge in Rhode Island's middle school and high school Mock Trial competitions. Previously, a "Rising Star" in general litigation, Doug is a recognized Rhode Island Super Lawyer and AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Prior to joining Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, LLP, Doug was an associate at Goldenberg & Muri (1994-1997) and Tillinghast Licht LP (1997-2001). During 2001 and 2002, he proudly served as Deputy Executive Counsel to Governor Lincoln C. Almond.

Representative Matters

  • Bristow v. Kenyon Terrace Apartments, Inc., et al., No. WC-11-0508 (August 16, 2013), affirming developer’s right to construct low and moderate income housing development;
  • Lupo v. Community Works Rhode Island Inc., 57 A.3d 667 (R.I. 2012), affirming developer’s right to construct low and moderate income housing development;
  • Rosciti v. Insurance Co. of Pennsylvania, 659 F.3d 92 (1st Cir. 2011), reversing summary judgment in favor of an insurance company based upon statutory interpretation of direct action statute following bankruptcy of insured;
  • Drs. Pass and Bertherman, Inc. v. Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island,31 A.3d 1263 (R.I. 2011), successfully construing statute to defeat class action claim by optometrists and opticians against not-for-profit HMO for increased reimbursement;
  • Gifford v. Rhode Island State Housing Appeals Board, et al., No. WC-06-653 (August 16, 2007); cert. denied No. 07-283-M.P. (April 10, 2008), affirming developer’s right to construct low and moderate income housing development;
  • People ex rel. Serio v. Pawtucket Mutual Ins. Co., No. 402513/04 (August 23, 2004), confirming right of Rhode Island receiver of Rhode Island insurance company to cancel policies mid-term over the objection of the New York Department of Insurance;
  • Cicilline v. Almond, 809 A.2d 1101 (R.I. 2002), successfully obtaining dismissal of challenge to Governor’s right to control expenses on grounds of mootness;
  • Crown Collision Center, Inc. v. Schumpert, 2000 WL 1781972 (R.I. Super. 2000), cert denied. No. 00-505 M.P. (December 18, 2001), confirming auto body shop’s authority to conduct business in conformance with Motor Vehicle Damage Appraisers Act


  • Hofstra University School of Law (JD, cum laude)
  • University of Pennsylvania

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • United States District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Performance Judge, RI Mock Trial competition
  • Treasurer, Fox Point/East Side Little League
  • Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island (Past President)
  • RI Bar Association New Lawyers’ Committee (Past Chair)