Peter Brent Regan Esq.

Email MePeter Brent Regan Esq.

Managing Partner
Location:
Newport, Rhode Island
Phone:
401-324-9915
800-803-7699
Fax:
401-849-4330
Email:

When my sons were 8 years old, they asked me to explain what I actually did for a living.  After some thought, I told them that I help people solve problems.  I get great satisfaction from sitting with clients, listening to their goals and helping them to achieve them.

The essence of what we do is distilled in the phrase “Helping you meet challenges and seize opportunities”.  Whether it’s assisting clients in resolving a business dispute or a dispute with their neighbor, working with them to establish a new business, or helping them to take advantage of a new opportunity, our focus is always on what the client wants. 

I learned early in my career that what I may believe is a great result doesn’t matter, unless the client also has the same goal.  That’s why we begin each case by asking the client a simple question: “What would you like to see happen.” We then work with the client to devise a realistic plan to reach that goal. 

Memberships:
Member Newport County, Rhode Island (Member, House of Delegates, Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, Creditors’ and Debtors’ Rights Committee) and American (Member, Section on Litigation) Bar associations and The Maritime Law Association of the United States; Municipal Court Judge (1994-2004, 2006 -present), Probate Judge (1986-1994), Assistant Town Solicitor (1988-1994), and Criminal Prosecutor (1990-1994) for the Town of Middletown, Rhode Island.

Presentations and Publications:
"Rhode Island Judiciary Conference on Drunk Driving Laws", 1994; "Admiralty Law for the General Practitioner", Rhode Island Bar Association, 1996; "Maritime Torts", Rhode Island Bar Association, 1996; "Evictions and Landlord/Tenant Law in Rhode Island", National Business Institute (NBI), 1999; "Rhode Island Boundary Law", NBI, 2004; "Boundary Disputes", NBI, 2006; "Real Estate Litigation In Rhode Island", NBI, 2007; “Boot Camp - Foreclosure and Loan Workout Procedures”, NBI, 2012;  “Rhode Island Foreclosures and Workouts”, NBI, 2013; “Rhode Island Commercial Real Estate Brokers Lien Act, Presentation to Rhode Island Commercial and Appraisal Board of Realtors, 2013; Co-Author, "Admiralty Law for the General Practitioner", Rhode Island Bar Association, 1996.

Community Involvement:  Trustee and Past President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County; Board Member, Middletown Little League 

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial & Civil Litigation
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Zoning & Land Use
  • Admiralty & Maritime Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990

Education

  • Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
    • B.A. cum laude - 1982
    • Major: English/Philosophy

Published Works

  • Co-Author, "Admiralty Law for the General Practitioner", Rhode Island Bar Association, 1996

Classes/Seminars

  • "Rhode Island Judiciary Conference on Drunk Driving Laws", 1994
  • 'Admiralty Law for the General Practitioner", Rhode Island Bar Association, 1996
  • "Maritime Torts", Rhode Island Bar Association, 1996
  • "Evictions and Landlord/Tenant Law in Rhode Island", National Business Institute (NBI), 1999
  • "Rhode Island Boundary Law", NBI, 2004
  • "Boundary Disputes", NBI, 2006
  • "Real Estate Litigation In Rhode Island", NBI, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Town Solicitor, Town of Middletown, Rhode Island 2014
  • Municipal Court Judge, Town of Middletown, Rhode Island, 1994 - 2004
  • Municipal Court Judge, Town of Middletown, Rhode Island, 2006 - 2014
  • Probate Judge, Town of Middletown, Rhode Island, 1986 - 1994
  • Assistant Town Solicitor, Town of Middletown, Rhode Island, 1988 - 1994
  • Criminal Prosecutor, Town of Middletown, Rhode Island, 1990 - 1994

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Newport County Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section on Litigation
  • American Association for Justice, Member, Section on Admiralty Law
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States