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V. Edward Formisano

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Cranston, RI

Formisano & Company, PC
100 Midway Place, Suite 1
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-944-9691
Fax: 401-944-9695
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022
Licensed in Rhode Island Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Rights, General Litigation
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Attorney Profile

Attorney V. Edward Formisano is the founder of Formisano & Company, an employment law and civil litigation firm in Cranston, Rhode Island. Mr. Formisano represents clients throughout Rhode Island in cases involving employer retaliation, racial discrimination, the Family and Medical Leave Act, sexual harassment, wage and hour disputes, whistleblower claims, and other issues. He also represents people whose civil rights have been violated in cases involving police misconduct, educational discrimination and more.

Mr. Formisano obtained a bachelor's degree from Saint Anselm College and holds a master's degree in English from Rhode Island College. He earned his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Licensed to practice in Rhode Island since 1996, he is also authorized to appear before the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and several other local, state and federal agencies.

Recognized for his professionalism, Mr. Formisano has been rated AV Preeminent,* the highest possible rating, by the peer review service Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been listed in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Active in local organizations, Mr. Formisano is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Association for Justice and is a cooperating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island. He has also participated in the Rhode Island Legal/Educational Partnership mock trial tournament. 

National professional organizations that Mr. Formisano belongs to include the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He also serves as a volunteer for the American Heart Association and Save the Bay, a Rhode Island nonprofit organization committed to protecting and improving Narragansett Bay.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.


Practice Areas
  • 70%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Civil Rights
  • 10%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination, Litigation


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022

About V. Edward Formisano

First Admitted: 1996, Rhode Island

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers in America, Employment Litigation, Plaintiff
  • Rhode Island Super Lawyers, 2010-2018
  • US News & World Report, Best Law Firms in Rhode Island-2012-2017
  • Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2017
  • New England Super Lawyers, 2012-2017
  • AV Peer Review Rated


  • Kestler v. City of Pawtucket ($175,000 settlement)
  • Johnson v. State of Rhode Island, et al. (D.RI. 1999)
  • Paiva v. City of East Providence ($325,000 settlement)
  • Marqus v. Town of Cumberland, et al. (D. RI. 1999)
  • Skwirz v. Town of South Kingstown ($300,000 settlement)

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island, Member
  • Rhode Island Legal/Education Partnership Mock Trial Tournament
  • Cooperating Attorney, Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Volunteer, Save the Bay 
  • Member, Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee
  • Legal Information and Referral Services for the Elderly

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member, The American Association for Justice
  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Rhode Island, 1996
  • Member, Rhode Island Association for Justice
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee
  •  Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1997

Educational Background

  • St Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire, B.A.
  • Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, M.A., Major: English
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Office Location for V. Edward Formisano

100 Midway Place
Suite 1
Cranston, RI 02920

Phone: 401-944-9691

Fax: 401-944-9695

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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