Stacey P. Nakasian


Stacey Nakasian has over twenty-five years’ experience litigating complex commercial issues and leads the firm’s litigation practice. She is known for her proactive and tenacious approach that both achieves results and advances her clients’ needs and goals.

Successful at crafting litigation strategies tailored to her clients’ business objectives, Stacey has prevailed in a wide range of cases including director and officer liability claims and shareholder disputes, fiduciary liability cases, intellectual property lawsuits and non-compete claims,  and insurance coverage disputes.

She has been recognized by Best Lawyers as  Lawyer-of-the-Year in 2015 for the category of Litigation-Trust & Estates and as  Lawyer-of-the-Year in 2013 for Litigation-Intellectual Property Law. She was named the 2014 “Industry Leader for Professional Services” in the Providence Business News Business Women Awards program and was included in the Top 50 Female New England Super Lawyers for 2013. She continues to be recognized as a ”Leader In Field” for the category of Commercial Litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Guide for Business.

Stacey prosecutes and defends cases before Federal and State courts across the country, as well as in private arbitration settings. She has tried numerous cases to a jury, regularly appears in court to present or defend issues before judges, and has argued many appeals.

  • Successfully defended trustees against fiduciary claims and obtained an award of both executor and trustee compensation after an 11-day trial in Superior Court
  • Secured a $268,000 award in an action against an investment advisor, the advisor’s supervisor and the investment firm in a six-day arbitration, building the case that the brokers and firm had violated various securities regulations and common law duties by recommending and purchasing unsuitable investments
  • Won a $438,000 award, including punitive damages, in an arbitration against brokers and brokerage firms on claims for churning and failure to supervise
  • Secured a $1.2 million judgment, including attorneys’ fees and punitive damages, in a trade secrets case tried to a jury on behalf of a manufacturer against its former employee and competitor
  • Represented the Small Business Association in a complex federal receivership case in which the receivership estate’s former managers asserted a substantial claim against the estate’s assets; Stacey succeeded in getting the claim withdrawn, thus preserving the estate’s assets for the other creditors
  • On behalf of beneficiaries of $500 million trust, Stacey led the briefing and argument that resulted in a court order allowing early termination of the trust and distribution of trust assets. The case made new law in RI regarding the circumstances under which a Court can deviate from the terms of a trust at the request of the trust’s beneficiaries
  • In a trade secret and unfair competition case in California Superior Court against one of the nation’s largest video publishing companies and its wholly-owned video game developer, Stacey obtained an injunction requiring the developer to turn over work product it was withholding
  • Stacey succeeded in proving that a Superintendent of Schools knowingly violated the Rhode Island Open Meetings Act. Based on the evidence Stacy presented, the Court ordered the school committee to pay a civil penalty and Stacey’s client’s legal fees

Stacey served as law clerk to the Solicitor General of the United States and to the Honorable George H. Revercomb of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Sources praise her “exceptional technical knowledge,” describing her as “levelheaded, patient and thorough” and “a strong and relentless litigator.” | Chambers USA: America’s Leading Guide for Business 2018

Stacey Nakasian was named by Best Lawyers as 2015 Lawyer-of-the-Year for the Providence Metro region in the category of Litigation-Trust & Estates and as the 2013 Lawyer-Of-The-Year for Litigation-Intellectual Property Law.  She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in the areas of Commercial Litigation, IP Litigation and Trusts-and-Estate Litigation.

Stacey Nakasian was named the 2014 “Industry Leader for Professional Services” in the Providence Business News Business Women Awards program.

Stacey continues to be recognized as a ”Leader In Field” for the category of General Commercial Litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Guide for Business.

She was part of the Top 50 Female New England Super Lawyers for 2013 and has been included in Super Lawyers since 2010,  recognized in the categories of business litigation, IP litigation, and estate & trust litigation.

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Professional & Community Involvement

Stacey serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of the Women & Infants Foundation.

Stacey serves as Chair of the Board of Bar Admissions of the United States Federal District Court for the District of Rhode Island. She is a past president and serves on the Board of the Federal Bar Association, RI Chapter. She is the former chair of the Local Rules Committee of the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

The Check Fraud Pandemic” by Stacey Nakasian in Providence Business News (March 2018).  Check fraud is on the rise and poses a real threat to local businesses.  See PDF of full article here.

“Plain Language guides ruling in removal of trustee without cause” was the title of a February 2018 Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly front-page article concerning a trust case decided by the Rhode Island Superior Court. Stacey Nakasian successfully represented two trustees who removed their co-trustee, without cause, pursuant to a provision in the trust document. See more here.

“Early Termination (and Modification) of Trusts” – Webinar sponsored by Lorman Education Service and presented by Stacey Nakasian in August 2017. See full program details here.

“Protecting Trade Secrets” by Stacey Nakasian in Providence Business News (February 2017). Successful businesses secure patents for their inventions, trademarks for their brand designations and copyrights for their original works, but they sometimes overlook a fourth category of intellectual property: trade secrets   See PDF of full article here.

“Internet advertising isn’t sufficient for personal jurisdiction” was the title of  a January 2017 Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly article with comments from Stacey Nakasian about how the D&S team succeeded in getting a lawsuit transferred to a client’s home jurisdiction. See more here.

Non-Competes in a High-Tech World” –  Legal Tech Seminar Series in conjunction with Tech Collective on  in 2014. See presentation here.

“Cutting Edge Topics in IP Law” – Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting. 2014. See presentation here.

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Education

University of Virginia (B.A., cum laude, 1984)
The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1990, Order of the Coif)

Bar & Court Admissions

Pennsylvania (1991)
Rhode Island (1993)
First Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court (2010)