Edmund L. Alves, Jr., a partner in the firm, has been practicing in the area of municipal law for over thirty-five years. He has served as Town Solicitor and chief legal advisor for the towns of Smithfield, East Greenwich and West Greenwich, Rhode Island. He presently is legal counsel to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission and the Woonsocket Budget Commission. Mr. Alves previously served as general counsel to the Burrillville School Committee and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. He also has served as probate judge in the towns of Smithfield and West Greenwich. He has represented other municipalities and school committees over the years and is well-versed in the workings of local government in Rhode Island. He has been involved in numerous court cases involving the actions of municipalities and municipal agencies, including matters relating to zoning and planning, home rule, labor law, education law, taxation and the applicability of various state statutes to municipalities.