Sheri L. Pizzi is an experienced trial attorney concentrating in the defense of medical and other professional liability lawsuits, with a focus on aging services litigation. She regularly appears in the state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and before arbitration panels to defend skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and other healthcare providers in complex professional negligence claims, including those involving elopements, falls, pressure ulcers, medication errors, aspiration, dehydration, wrongful death, assaults and other negligence claims.
Sheri also represents individual professionals and institutions facing investigations by state licensing, disciplinary and regulatory authorities, and counsels healthcare providers on the complex web of state and federal rules, regulations and statutes impacting them. She conducts seminars for medical professionals on medical liability and risk management, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Healthcare Association.
Sheri routinely defends complex employment matters in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including those arising under the ADA, ADEA, Title VII, and other state and governmental laws affecting municipal and private employers. She counsels medical practices and other employers on various issues, including: the discipline and termination of employees; the enforcement of arbitration and non-compete agreements; the protection of confidential business information; the creation of employee policies; and the resolution of wage and hour concerns.
In addition to her litigation practice, Sheri serves as the firm’s Hiring Partner. She is a former co-managing partner of the firm, responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, including working with the administrative team on financial matters, personnel issues, and systems.
- Obtained judgment for nursing home in case alleging resident sustained severe personal injuries during a fall as a result of nursing staff negligence
- Secured order that skilled nursing facility arbitration agreement was valid, on its face, under Rhode Island Arbitration Act and was not substantively unconscionable
- Secured relief at trial for healthcare facility concerning guardianship for an incapacitated resident
- Secured judgment on behalf of nurse after Daubert challenge to plaintiff nursing expert in catastrophic injury suit
- Obtained verdict on behalf of a cardiac surgeon in a case alleging ventricular damage as a result of emergency cardiac surgery
- Obtained summary judgment for a skilled nursing facility dismissing a personal injury claim of a contract worker on the basis that the nursing home was a “special employer” under the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Act
- Successfully pursued a federal trial on behalf of a Fortune 500 Company seeking to enforce an arbitration clause
- Acquired dismissal for securities brokers at arbitration for claims of wrongful termination and statutory violations
- Successfully defended a retailer in a federal court employment action brought by a terminated employee
- Secured an arbitration award in favor of a national hotel operator sued for age and gender discrimination
- Advocated for clients at dozens of private mediations resulting in successful pre-trial resolutions
- Boston University School of Law (J.D.) Bernard R. Pollock Scholar; Ada Lewis Sawyer Scholar
- Bates College (B.A., 1991)
- Rhode Island
- U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court, Rhode Island
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
- Rhode Island Super Lawyer (2015–2020)
- Professional Excellence in the Law, Rhode Island Monthly (2020)
- Providence Business News 2012 Woman to Watch in Professional Services
- A seminar hosted by the Rhode Island Health Care Association on key trends in the law affecting the long term health care
- A seminar hosted by Leading Age RI on best practices for providers of senior services
- A seminar hosted by the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care on best practices for complying with new state laws affecting home care agencies.
- A workshop for administrators of long term care facilities on effectively managing labor costs during a down economy.
Sheri served as a law clerk for the Rhode Island Superior Court in 1996–1998.
- President, Justinian Law Society
- Member, Rhode Island Bar Association
- Member of Employment and Nursing Home Litigation Sections, Defense Research Institute
- Board of Directors, Rhode Island Healthcare Association
- Board of Directors, R.I. Childhood Lead Action Project
- Past President, American Inns of Court, Rhode Island Chapter
- Past Executive Board Member, Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association