PBN: Five Questions with Joseph DiOrio

Attorney Joseph M. DiOrio, principal of the Law Office of Joseph M. DiOrio Inc., recently received a lawyer of the year award from Best Lawyers for the category of banking and finance law. DiOrio talked with Providence Business News about why he received the award, how he got into banking and finance law and what trends he’s seeing in Rhode Island. PBN: Congratulations on your award. Why did you receive it? DIORIO: I am very honored to receive this recognition. I am fortunate to handle a wide variety of commercial legal transactions in the banking and finance arena. Based on a peer-review process, Best Lawyers bestows this recognition annually to a single lawyer in each practice and major metropolitan area. PBN: What is your professional background and how did you get involved in commercial banking and finance law? DIORIO: I started as a law clerk and then was hired as an associate at a firm called Tobin & Silverstein where I had the opportunity to work with financial institutions right at the start of my career. I was extremely lucky to work with and learn from distinguished lawyers like Bentley Tobin (deceased), Judge Michael A. Silverstein, Merrill Sherman and others. As my career progressed, I represented lenders in many areas including financings, workouts, foreclosures and insolvency proceedings. PBN: What trends are you seeing in the world of banking and finance law? DIORIO: My sense is that lending, in general, is picking up although Rhode Island may be a bit behind […]

RISBJ: Building A Better School Committee by Benjamin Scungio, Esq.

Whether you work in a school department, have children or grandchildren in the public school system, or merely follow the news reports of award-winning teachers, contract negotiations and other happenings, education touches us all. And most of what happens is governed by the city or town’s local school committee. See full article byBRCSM Managing Partner Benjamin Scungio, Esq. in RISBJ here.

Summer Primer: Basic Building Blocks of Marketing (from RISBJ)

  From RISBJ: Basic Building Blocks of Marketing: A Summer Primer by Carolyn Lavin Small firm and solo professionals in law, accounting, finance, and technology (and beyond) are often challenged by finding the time and talent to create and execute even the most fundamental marketing activities. In fact, for the busy professional, marketing and business development may be the most daunting aspect of your work-life. In today’s contemporary workplace, implementing the basic building blocks of marketing makes you and your company more reachable, builds trust and credibility, and helps potential clients and customers make informed decisions. Strategy While you may not need a formal, ten-page marketing plan, it’s important to take the time to create a well-honed big-picture strategy to maximize your marketing dollars. It makes sense to identify what you like to do, what services are in demand, and what is most profitable. From there, you can define your key selling points, and identify your primary and secondary target audiences. Consider a business card with a logo, positioning line and other branding essentials. Where possible, use a professional to design your business card. A mini-marketing plan with a straightforward quantitative, business analysis will help you track measurable achievements and determine where to spend your own time and energy. Website Service professionals in the B2B arena often need websites so potential clients and customers can “vet” you and your business. For simple websites, there are usually three skill-sets needed. The first is the design. It may be based on some […]

Special mindset needed to work from home

March 2020 | by Carolyn Lavin Work-from-home mandates abound right now for office-based professionals in light of worldwide attempts to minimize germs and the impact of the coronavirus. Even in this daunting environment where working from home makes sense, there are an array of challenges. Likewise, not everyone has what’s needed – physically or mentally – to be successful. Must-have amenities vital to many employees accustomed to a contemporary workplace include a dedicated space with high-powered Wi-Fi; a personal printer, ergonomic desk/chair and dual monitors; and seamless access to work files via a cloud-based document management system. (A lap desk for your bed, an iPad as a second screen and a Staples store for printing will work, too.) Beyond these systems and setups is the mindset to be successful. While the prospect of sleeping an extra hour or working in your pajamas is certainly appealing, adapting mentally to work-mode at home may be a huge challenge. See the full article in Providence Business news here.