Joseph B. White


  • Overview


    Joseph White is a member of the firm's Business Transactions and Finance Groups, focusing on corporate finance, transactional work, and emerging markets. His transactional experience includes acquisitions, sales, mergers, recapitalizations, and joint ventures.

    Joe counsels clients in connection with public and private debt and equity offerings, as well as with state securities regulations and corporate governance matters. He also has significant experience representing investors and developers of real estate projects with regard to the construction of housing units, the leasing of office buildings, the acquisition of industrial facilities, and the development of power-producing facilities.

    Joe has assisted clients in many aspects of wind/solar power, including permitting, construction, financing, regulatory compliance, and drafting power purchase agreements. As outside general counsel, he regularly represents medical device companies, Internet- and software-based businesses, high-technology developers and financial services companies. In addition to representing state and federally-chartered banks, Joe represents property and casualty companies in a variety of situations including insurance licensure, reinsurance company investment/ formation, negotiation of commutation agreements, drafting of executive compensation arrangements, tax credit purchasing, execution of insurance agency roll-ups, investment portfolio compliance, and counsel before state regulatory boards.

    Joe also is a member of the firm's Administrative Law Group, counseling clients on procuring contracts with state and local governments and serving as a registered lobbyist in the State of Rhode Island.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Joe was a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, and he began his career as a transactional and public markets tax attorney working for Deloitte & Touche LLP.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Representation of start-up and emerging growth enterprises, from formation through acquisition or initial public offering, in matters including venture capital financing, debt financing, equity incentive compensation, and technology development (including licensing, joint development, distribution, and other technology transfer matters).
      • Representation of corporate buyers and sellers as they enter and exit business transactions, advising on corporate governance, reporting requirements, and capital financing scenarios.
      • Representation of a quasi-state agency as bond counsel and special projects counsel.
      • Representation of a terminal port manager in negotiating and drafting various contracts related to land use and stevedoring operations.
      • Representation of numerous commercial banks and corporate borrowers in lending/borrowing transactions.
      • Representation of a financial services company as general corporate and real estate counsel.
      • Representation of a renewable energy company as general corporate and real estate counsel, responsible for permitting, financing, and asset acquisition for Rhode Island-based power production facilities.
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Rhode Island Bar Association

      Rhode Island Municipal Court Judges Association

      American Bar Association
      Judicial Division
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Robinson+Cole Mentor of the Year Award Recipient, 2013

      Providence Business News, 2006 "Forty Under 40" Inductee

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
      Commissioner (2013 - Present)
      Chair, Governance Committee (2013 - Present)
      Treasurer (2013 - 2015)

      Town of North Kingstown, Municipal Court
      Judge (2008 - Present)

      Rhode Island College Foundation
      Board Member (2015 - Present)

      Rhode Island Commodores
      Member (2005 - present)

      YMCA of Greater Providence
      Chair, Board of Trustees (2015 - 2017)
      Trustee (2014 - 2017)
      2012 Annual Support Campaign Chair
      Director; Chair, External Relations & Resource Development Committee; Member, Executive Committee (2006 - 2014)

      West Bay YMCA
      Director (2003 - 2006)

      World War II Foundation
      Board Member (2015 - 2017)

      Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education
      Governor (2011 - 2013)

      Town of North Kingstown, Probate Court
      Judge (2001 - 2007)

      Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum
      Trustee (2006 - 2016)

      Town of North Kingstown, Asset Management Commission
      Legal Representative (1998 - 2008)

      Town of North Kingstown, Juvenile Hearing Board
      Legal Representative (2003 - 2006)

      Beechwood House Senior Center
      NKSA Capital Campaign Co-chair (2009 - 2010)
    • News

      R+C in the News

      • January 3, 2017

        Joe White Reappointed Municipal Court Judge in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and Recognized by ABA

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      • March 27, 2012

        Media Covers YMCA of Greater Providence Fundraising Event

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      • November 22, 2011

        Providence Journal Credits Joseph White for Amendment to Reduce Tuition Costs

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      • November 15, 2011

        Joseph White Selected Annual Support Campaign Chair for the YMCA of Greater Providence

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      R+C News Releases

      • February 1, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Forms Sustainability Cross-Practice Team

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      • August 22, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Announces Annual Pro Bono, Mentor, and Community Service Awards

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      • May 13, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Welcomes Partner Joseph B. White

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