Matthew Giardina

Matthew Giardina Partner

P 401 443 2105 F 401 443 2140
One Citizens Plaza, Suite 620
Providence, RI 02903
One Citizens Plaza, Suite 620, Providence, RI 02903

Matt is a partner in the Providence, Rhode Island office. He serves on the board of directors of the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island and has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, and as a Rising Star for Employment Law. He maintains a diverse practice with a focus on products liability, premises liability, mass torts, and other complex tort litigation as well as employment law, insurance defense, infectious disease counseling and litigation, trucking and transportation law, and maritime law. He regularly counsels and represents corporate clients in a variety of employment, business, and risk management matters. The scope of his work includes updating and preparing employee policy manuals for a variety of clients and he is a frequent speaker at compliance training seminars on a diversity of topics including the FLSA, FMLA, and ADA. Matt routinely defends clients against claims arising in negligence, breach of contract, breach of warranty, wrongful death, and failure to warn. His legal experience also has led him to represent educational institutions where, for example, he investigates alleged student and faculty misconduct after which he prepares and presents comprehensive reports evaluating policy changes. Additionally, Matt frequently advises universities and secondary schools on statutory and regulatory compliance such as with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Matt is national counsel for trucking and logistics companies that service the continental United States.  He also serves as Regional Coordinating Counsel for a leading aeronautics company. In this role, he is responsible for the coordination and management of the client’s litigation throughout jurisdictions in the eastern time zone of United States. Additionally, Matt was appointed by the Rhode Island Superior Court to serve as an arbitrator for the Court Annexed Arbitration Program where he holds hearings, evaluates evidence, and issues awards.

Matt received his law degree magna cum laude from Roger Williams University School of Law. During law school, he participated in the Judicial Extern Program serving as a clerk to Superior Court Justice Allen Rubine. Matt received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island where he earned a B.A. in both History and Political Science. Afterward, he earned his M.A. in Political Science with a focus on American Foreign Policy and International Politics.

He is admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut as well as before the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Bar Admissions
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court - District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court - District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude
  • University of Rhode Island, M.A. summa cum laude
  • University of Rhode Island, B.A. summa cum laude


  • Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2020-2022
  • Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2021
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates: 2018 Rising Star for Employment Law


  • Defense Counsel of Rhode Island (DCRI), Board of Directors
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
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Speaking Engagements

  • "Trucking and Marijuana," Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, Oct. 5, 2021.
  • "New England Trucking Roundtable," Trucking Association of Massachusetts, Aug. 4, 2021.
  • "Nuclear Verdicts in Trucking Litigation," Trucking Association of Massachusetts, June 2, 2021.
  • “FMLA and ADA Considerations for the Human Resources Professional,” Cornerstone/Hilb Group Seminar, Jan. 18, 2017.
  • “Recent Developments in FMLA and ADA Law from a Defense Perspective,” Cornerstone/Hilb Group Seminar, Sept. 21, 2016.
  • “Human Resources Boot Camp for the Daily Supervisor,” Cornerstone/Hilb Group Seminar, Sept. 16, 2016.



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