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Gunning & LaFazia is committed to continuing to provide superior legal services to both

individuals and companies.

Gunning & LaFazia handles matters in state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Over the past 66 years, Gunning & LaFazia attorneys have tried hundreds of cases with excellent results. Additionally, the firm's extensive appellate practice is evidenced by the numerous cases published in the Atlantic, Rhode Island, and Federal Reporters. 

In 1954, Raymond LaFazia joined the practice of William Gunning, then the pre-eminent trial lawyer in Rhode Island. The two formed Gunning and LaFazia in 1959. Since then, and over the past half-century, Gunning & LaFazia has provided the highest standard of legal services to its clients. Gunning & LaFazia specializes in civil litigation and has built strong and long-standing relationships with a large number of insurance companies throughout the United States and Canada.

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Meet Your Legal Team

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Raj graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Classics in 1986. He then graduated from Boston College Law School in 1990, cum laude, and was an editor of the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review. He clerked for Associate Justice Thomas Kelleher of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1990 to 1991. Raj joined Gunning & LaFazia as a partner in 2002. His practice areas include commercial litigation, insurance defense and construction law. Raj is "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has been recognized for excellence as a Top Attorney in Rhode Island from 2011-2020.

Raj has served on the Board of the West Bay YMCA, and the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, as well as the Defense Research Institute. Raj has lectured on the use of experts in psychological injury cases. Raj is admitted to practice in Federal and State Courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as the First Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

He has tried over 25 cases to a verdict in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

E-mail address:
Direct dial: 401-521-2647


Michael attended the University of Connecticut where he received a B.S. in Finance and a Minor in International Studies. Afterwards, he graduated magna cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in 2014 where he also received American Jurisprudence Awards in Evidence, Antitrust, and Federal Income Taxation. While at Suffolk, Michael was a member of Suffolk’s National Tax Moot Court Team and President of Suffolk’s Public Interest Law Group. After graduating from law school, Michael served as a law clerk for the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department in Kent County. Michael is currently admitted to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

E-mail address:
Direct dial: 401-521-7977

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Brenda Coville Harrigan received a national appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy and was a member of the second class of women to attend the Academy. She graduated summa cum laude in 1981 with a B. S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Brenda received her law degree from the South Texas College of Law, in Houston Texas, in 1985. After working as a corporate attorney for Exxon, U.S.A. in Houston, Texas and engaging in civil litigation in Newport, Rhode Island, Brenda joined Gunning & LaFazia in 1987 and became a partner in 1993. Her practice areas include: Civil Litigation, Insurance Law, Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Family Law, Employment Litigation, Wrongful Termination, and Sexual Harassment.

Brenda has over 30 years of trial experience in Rhode Island's Family, Superior and District Courts and has successfully argued numerous cases before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Brenda is admitted to practice in both Rhode Island and Texas.


E-mail address:
Direct dial: 401-521-2629


Andrew graduated manga cum laude from Roger Williams University School of Law.
There, he served as a member of the senior editorial staff of the Roger Williams University Law
Review. Additionally, Andrew completed over one hundred hours of pro-bono service before
graduating, served as a teaching assistant for Secured Transactions, and he received the CALI
Academic Excellence Award for Wills &Trusts. Before that, he earned a B.A. in political
science, with a Minor in economics, from Roger Williams University in 2011. 
E-mail address:
Direct dial: 401-521-6902

Brenda Coville Harrigan
Michael B. Messore, IV.
Andrew Plocica




33 College Hill Road, Suite 25B
Warwick, Rhode Island, 02886

Tel:   401-521-6900

Fax:  401-521-6901

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