Duffy & Sweeney Announces Addition of Phillips to Business Law Team

Tuesday, July 03, 2018
GoLocalProv Business Team

Matthew Phillips joins Duffy and Sweeney
The law firm of Duffy & Sweeney has announced the addition of Matthew Phillips to the Business Law Team.

“Matt brings a diverse mix of legal experience to our firm, much of it on the cutting edge of business law. During his four and a half years in the United States Army he exercised leadership in often challenging circumstances that allowed him to gain the kind of experience and judgment that will make him a real asset to our firm,” said Michael Sweeney, a Founding Partner of the firm.   

About Phillips

Most recently, Phillips worked as a Senior Privacy and Compliance Auditor for Lifespan for one year. He focused on HIPAA compliance, mitigating risk and meeting regulatory requirements for Rhode Island’s comprehensive healthcare system.

Prior to his role at Lifespan, Phillips was hired as Special Counsel for a ten-month engagement by Boston Financial Data Services in Boston.

He is a 2016 graduate of the University Of Miami School Of Law and a 2013 honors graduate of the University of Rhode Island.

While in Florida, he served as law clerk for a firm specializing in criminal law and completed an externship in the corporate law department for Omniangle Technologies. Phillips was active as a volunteer with Education Tomorrow, a Florida-based non-profit committed to helping foster children go to college and supporting them into early adulthood.

Phillips was a Sergeant in the United States Army, serving as a paratrooper for four and half years. He also was deployed to Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom 2010.

  • Hugh Clements

    Colonel of the Providence Police Department

    Clements was appointed to the Providence Police Department on May 5, 1985, as a night Patrol Officer in the Uniform Division. He then went on to serve on the Neighborhood Response Team Uniformed Task Force before being transferred to the Special Investigations Bureau, the department’s vice and drug unit. In 1990, Clements was promoted to Detectives where he worked in the night squad. In 1992, Detective Clements was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he spent three years as a night Sergeant in Sub-District 1, South Providence. Sergeant Clements was then transferred to the Detective Bureau where he served as the Squad 2 Sergeant and spent the next seven years supervising the investigations of all major crimes including murder, robbery, burglary, firearms offenses and gang activity. In a squad that carried an extremely heavy caseload, he played an active role in several major investigations during this time.

    In 2002, Hugh was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and transferred to the midnight shift of the Patrol Bureau. Lieutenant Clements was later assigned as District 5 Commander covering the neighborhoods of Olneyville, Hartford, and Silver Lake. Consistent with the department philosophy at this time, the true community police model was practiced with several creative and innovative initiatives carried out in this particular district. He was transferred back to the Detective Bureau, and in December 2005, he was promoted to Captain where he was responsible for all major crimes operations in the Investigative Division.

    In 2008, when promoted to Major he was assigned for one year as the Commander of the Homeland Security Division, before being reassigned as the Commanding Officer of the Uniform Division.

    He later served as Deputy Chief and was appointed as Acting Chief of Police in July 2011, and on January 6, 2012, he was appointed as the 37th Chief of the Department and promoted to the rank of Colonel.

  • The Honorable Walter Stone 

    Associate Justice, Rhode Island Superior Court

    Walter Stone passed away in September of 2017.

    He was named to the bench in October of 2010 by then-Governor Donald Carcieri. He replaced Judge Rogeriee Thompson when she was elevated to serve as a U.S. Circuit Judge.

    Before being appointed to the court, Stone was a partner at the Providence-based law firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan.

    Stone was a graduate of Fisk University and earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law.

  • Joseph Stetkiewicz  

    Chief, Central Falls Police Department

    Joseph Stetkiewicz served as the chief of the Central Falls Police Department from 1946 to 1968.

  • Robert McKenna

    Director, Roger Williams University Justice System Training, and Research Institute; Lieutenant, East Providence Police Department (Ret.)

    Robert McKenna is the Associate Dean and serves as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Justice Studies at Roger Williams University.

    Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Justice System Training & Research Institute, the professional development component of the School of Justice Studies.

    Associate Dean McKenna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in the Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, as well as a Juris Doctor degree from The New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts. 

  • Stephen Springer

    (retired) Detective, Providence Police Department; Investigator, Rhode Island Office of Attorney General

    A 1968 graduate of the Providence Police Academy, Stephen J. Springer served in the Patrol Bureau for approximately five years before being promoted to Detective. For the next 30 years, he served as a Detective, largely in the South Providence area.  During that time, he served as the primary or secondary investigator on more than 200 homicides, a number unmatched in Rhode Island law enforcement. He joined the RI Office of Attorney General in 2004 as an investigator, retiring in December 2017.

    He has received numerous awards over his career, including the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Award (1978), Rhea Archambeault Award (1984), Medal of Valor (1984), Commissioner’s Award (1993), Rhode Island Justice Assistance “Neil Houston Award” (2001), and FOP Outstanding Police Officer of the Year (2002).

    Over the course of his nearly 50 years in law enforcement, Stephen Springer epitomized professionalism, dedication, courage, and integrity, tirelessly working on the streets for his entire career, and in the process served as the face of law enforcement to all those he encountered.


    Springer and his wife Virginia McGinn reside in Barrington, RI.

  • Susan Erstling, Ph.D., LICSW

    (retired) - Family Services of RI; Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy

    Erstling headed the Family Service of RI trauma and loss center, and is a founder of the RI State Victim Assistance Academy.

    She has a wealth of experience working with victims, witnesses, and responders in the aftermath of violent incidents, including shootings. 

    She and her team also provided training to professionals across the state regarding the effects of trauma.



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