Nicole J. Benjamin, shareholder at Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C., has been elected President of the Rhode Island Bar Association. She was inducted at the Bar Association’s Annual Meeting held on June 2nd, 2023 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Beginning her term on July 1, 2023, Nicole will be leading the approximately 6,500 members of the bar association through June 30, 2024.
Nicole has held many leadership roles within the Rhode Island Bar Association since becoming a member in 2006. She has served as a member of its Executive Committee, President Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Chair of the Bar’s Annual Meeting, Editor-in-Chief of the Rhode Island Bar Journal, Co-Chair of its Strategic Planning Committee and Delegate for the House of Delegates.
In her address at the Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, Nicole announced that under her leadership, the Bar Association is establishing a Leadership Academy. Starting this summer, members of the bar may apply for the Rhode Island Bar Association’s inaugural Leadership Academy class. Through the program participants will be given access to resources, coaches and other professional support that will enable them to be stronger leaders in their own workplaces, as well as leaders in the bar.
“Through this effort we intend to build a pipeline, nurtured by professional relationships, that will strengthen our bar and sustain our community,” Nicole said.
As a talented trial attorney, Nicole has tried high-stakes litigation and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, products liability defense and appellate advocacy. She regularly represents public and private companies in complex cases in federal and state court. She has handled multi-district litigation and class actions and she has defended clients against antitrust, breach of contract, business tort, employment, intellectual property, products liability (including in aviation and drug and medical device cases), public nuisance and toxic tort claims.
Nicole is also actively engaged in the community. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Roger Williams University School of Law and as a Trustee of Roger Williams University. She is the immediate past chair of Leadership Rhode Island.