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Jeffrey S. Brenner


Jeff Brenner is a trial lawyer who represents clients in complex business disputes in federal and state courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, arbitrations, mediations and before regulatory agencies. Jeff concentrates his practice on construction and real estate disputes, and he leads the firm’s Real Estate Litigation team and Construction group.

Commercial Litigation

I help businesses and people with disputes regarding litigation. Although I regularly handle many types of commercial disputes, I focus on construction and complex real estate, commercial, and land use matters. I appear regularly in state courts, federal courts, regulatory agencies, and municipal bodies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. I have developed strong relationships with judges, arbitrators, and mediators, and I understand their particular nuances to achieve my clients’ objectives. It is important that I understand my client’s business and their objectives, which enables me to become a trusted advisor and knowledgeable advocate for them. I work with clients in the construction, health care, franchise, hospitality, energy and manufacturing industries.

In addition, many of my litigation clients have hired me following the conclusion of a lawsuit to act as their outside general counsel. I manage their litigation and non-litigation legal needs drawing upon the firm’s breadth of resources and experience.


American University, Washington College of Law, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, B.A.


  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit


Jeffrey has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, and Litigation - Real Estate in Providence, RI. He was designated as the Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Providence, RI. Jeffrey has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2015.

Jeff has also been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 for Litigation: General Commercial (Rhode Island). He has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years. The Chambers USA 2013 edition describes Jeff as “a no-nonsense guy whose work is nothing short of brilliant."

Jeff was recognized for Construction Litigation as a “Rhode Island Super Lawyer” in 2011-2014 and 2016 based on a peer-review survey by Thomson Reuters. In addition, Jeff was recognized as a local Litigation Star in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys. 

Jeff has earned an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics.

Jeff has been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial for Real Estate - Construction (including construction litigation)


From 2004–2012, Jeff served on the Barrington Town Council in Rhode Island. He was president from 2004–2008 and vice president from 2009–2012. From 1992–2004, Jeff was a member of the Zoning Board in Barrington and served as chairman from 1998–2004. He has been a member of the Barrington Democratic Town Committee since 1996. He served as chairman of the Town Committee from 1999–2005.


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