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Duffy & Sweeney Launches Government Strategies Practice Area

Duffy & Sweeney has announced the formation of DS Government Strategies, LLC a new practice area for the firm to be led by seasoned government relations professionals Daniel Connors and Michael Ryan, Jr. The duo, who are lawyers and experienced lobbyists, will help expand the firm’s service offerings beyond the boardroom and the courtroom to the legislative halls of government. 


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 Duffy & Sweeney Launches DS Government Strategies with Addition of Daniel Connors and Michael Ryan, Jr.

PROVIDENCE, RI (January 15, 2019) – Duffy & Sweeney, LTD is pleased to announce the expansion of its practice capabilities to include government strategies.  The firm’s new service offering is provided through DS Government Strategies, LLC, an affiliated entity of the law firm.

 Daniel Connors, a former Rhode Island Senate Majority Leader, is heading the new entity.  He is joined by Michael Ryan, Jr., forming a team that brings a proven track record of managing challenges and creating opportunities for clients in today’s complex business and political climate and across all industry sectors. Connors and Ryan, both registered lobbyists, combine their skills as business attorneys and government relations strategists to deliver a suite of services including lobbying, regulatory affairs, compliance and analysis.

 “As the overlap between business and government continues to grow, adding Dan and Mike positions us to provide even greater value to our clients,” said Mike Sweeney, Founding Partner and Shareholder.  “They will take our representation of clients beyond the boardroom and the courtroom to the legislative halls of government.”

In addition to launching DS Government Strategies, Daniel Connors joins Duffy & Sweeney as senior counsel. He is a business lawyer and litigator with over 15 years of experience handling complex, high-stakes matters involving a wide range of legal issues.

A resident of Cranston, Connors earned his B.A. from Providence College in 1998, and his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2002.  He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Michael Ryan, Jr. joins Duffy & Sweeney as an associate with a focus on business law. Most recently, Ryan spent ten years at a Providence-based public affairs firm where he developed and executed government relations campaigns on behalf of a variety of clients.

 Ryan earned his B.A from the University of Rhode Island in 2008 and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts School of Law in 2018. A resident of Warwick, he is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island.

ABOUT DUFFY & SWEENEY: Headquartered in Providence, Duffy & Sweeney, LTD. was founded in 1996 by Robert Duffy and Michael Sweeney.  The firm provides strategic legal counsel to businesses and individuals with a focus on business law and litigation.


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