Stephen M. Prignano

Top rated Family Law attorney in Providence, Rhode Island

McIntyre Tate LLP
Stephen M. Prignano
McIntyre Tate LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law, Civil Litigation, Class Action & Mass Torts; view more

Licensed in Rhode Island since: 1987

Education: Quinnipiac University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

McIntyre Tate LLP

50 Park Row West
Suite 109
Providence, RI 02903 Visit website


Attorney Stephen M. Prignano is a partner at the law firm of McIntyre Tate LLP in Providence, Rhode Island. Devoting all his practice to litigation, Mr. Prignano represents individuals, businesses and corporations throughout Rhode Island in complex litigation. His practices range from civil litigation to family law litigation at the trial and appellate levels in various jurisdictions, including California, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Nevada.

Mr. Prignano was a partner with the former Edwards & Angell. While in that role, he litigated divorce and custody matters, class actions, construction defect actions, extracontractual action, insurance bad faith actions, insurance coverage actions, mass consolidated actions, media liability, product liability, professional liability, and banking and lender liability cases.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Mr. Prignano enjoys staying involved in his legal and professional communities. He is a member of the Roger Williams University School of Law Pro Bono Collaborative advisory board and trustee of the Community Boating Center of Providence. He engages in a significant amount of pro bono work, which led to recognition by the Rhode Island Bar Association and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Mr. Prignano sits on the board of directors of Roger Williams University School of Law. He is listed in the commercial litigation section of “The Best Lawyers in America” and is the author of articles appearing in publications, including In-House Defense Quarterly and the New York Law Journal.

Mr. Prignano earned his law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He obtained his license to practice law in 1986 and has more than 30 years of experience.

Practice areas

Family Law, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, General Litigation, Insurance Coverage

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Asbestos, Child Support, Class Actions, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Insurance, Juvenile Law, Litigation, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law, Toxic Torts

  • 20% Family Law
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 20% General Litigation
  • 20% Insurance Coverage

First Admitted: 1986, Connecticut

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Educational Background:
  • Bryant College, B.S., cum laude, 1983
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Electronically Stored Information and the New Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Andrews Litigation Reporter (2006)
  • Speaker, Equitable Distribution and Alimony in Rhode Island, National Business Institute (1993)
  • Speaker, Insurance Coverage Litigation in Rhode Island, National Business Institute (2005)
  • Speaker, Family Law From A-Z, National Business Institute (2015)
  • Faculty, Litigation Academy, Direct and Cross-Examination, Joint Program of Roger Williams University School of Law and United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island (2015)
  • Faculty, Litigation Academy, Deposition Skills Program, Joint Program of Roger Williams University School of Law and United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island (2015)
  • Faculty, Litigation Academy, Opening Statements and Closing Arguments, Joint Program of Roger Williams University School of Law and United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island (2016)
  • Speaker, Domestic Law Practice in Rhode Island (2016)
  • Speaker, Complex Family Law Issues, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting (2016)
  • Speaker, Advanced Issues in Family and Divorce Law, National Business Institute (2016)
  • The Spoliation Inference, For the Defense (2002)
  • New Corporate Obligations: Will D&O Policies Provide Coverage? For the Defense (2002)
  • Managing Instant Messenger Litigation and Discovery, Intellectual Property Today (2005)
  • Modern Discovery Practice: The Hidden World of Metadata in Electronic Discovery, Mealey’s Litigation Report (2006)
  • Domestic Practice in Rhode Island, Section VII, Chapters III (Equitable Distribution) and IV (Alimony), Rhode Island Bar Association (2016)
  • Early Case Assessments, Rein In Costs and Identify Risks, In-House Defense Quarterly (2008)
  • Does McLaughlin Close the Door on RICO-Based Consumer Fraud Class Actions? Andrews Litigation Reporter (2008)
  • CAFA 2005: Rise in Employment Class Action Litigation, New York Law Journal (2008)
  • Social Networking: So Much Data, So Little Guidance, So Much Potential Exposure New York Law Journal (2010)
  • Co-editor, A Practical Guide to Evidence in Rhode Island, author Chapter 1 (Introduction of Evidence), Chapter 5 (Witness Corroboration and Support), MCLE New England, (2010)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Connecticut, 1986
  • Rhode Island, 1987
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1993
  • Massachusetts, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2001
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
  • Federal Bar Association, 1987 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, 1987 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1998 - Present
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, Board of Directors, 2013 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Insurance Law Committee, 2000 - Present
  • Pro Bono Collaborative, Advisory Board, 2010 - Present
  • Defense Counsel of Rhode Island, 2010 - present
  • Edward Gallogly Inns of Court, 2015 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, 1992
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Award of Merit, 1998
  • Rhode Island Bar Association Pro Bono Continuing Service Award, 1994
  • New England Super Lawyers, 2007 - present
  • Rhode Island Super Lawyers, 2007 - present
  • Champion for Justice Award, Roger Williams University School of Law, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010 - present
  • Jordan v. Jordan, 586 A.2d 1080 (R.I. 1991)
  • Shawmut Bank, N.A. v. Kenneth LaFazia, 1992 WL 139003 (D.R.I. 1992)
  • Zafar v. Roger Williams General Hospital, 16 F.3d 401 (1st Cir. 1994)
  • Hydro-Manufacturing, Inc. v. Kayser-Roth Corp., 640 A.2d 950 (R.I. 1994)
  • Prepared Media Laboratories, Inc. v. Troy Biologicals, Inc., 1995 WL 17017119 (D.R.I. 1995)
  • Poisson v. Poisson, 743 A.2d 1037 (R.I. 2000)
  • Singer v. Singer, 692 A.2d 691 (R.I. 1997)
  • Sakonnet Point Marina Association, Inc. v. Bluff Head Corp., 798 A.2d 439 (R.I. 2002)
  • Morris v. Highmark Insurance Company, 255 F. Supp. 2d 16 (D.R.I. 2003)
  • Rose v. Firstar Bank, 819 A.2d 1247 (R.I. 2003)
  • New England Pipe Corporation v. Northeast Corridor Foundation, 857 A.2d 348 (Conn. 2004)
  • Gray v. Derderian, 389 F. Supp. 308 (D.R.I. 2005)
  • Fraioli v. MML Investor Services, 328 F. Supp. 250 (D.R.I. 2004)
  • Barry C. Scheck v. City of Providence, 404 F.3d 33 (1st Cir. 2005)
  • Starr-Gordon v. Massachusetts Mutual Life Ins. Co., 2006 WL 3218778 (E.D. Cal. 2006)
  • Salvation Army World Service Office v. Harold Meyer, 2006 WL 1451553 (D.R.I. 2006)
  • Grady v. Goldberg, 2008 WL 821610 (D.R.I. 2008)
  • H.C. Starck v. National Chain Co., 2011 WL 4916512 (D.R.I. 2011)
  • Ferreira v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., 37 A.2d 104 (R.I. 2011)
  • Collective Brands v. National Union Fire Insurance Company, 2013 WL 66071 (D. Kan. 2013)
Industry Groups:
  • Insurance

Office location for Stephen M. Prignano

50 Park Row West
Suite 109
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-351-7700


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