Kevin J McAllister

Kevin McAllister is known for his strategic focus and strong advocacy for his clients as well as for his ability to navigate and guide clients through the legal nuances of complex cases and new areas of the law. He has been involved in several legal matters that set precedent and numerous high-stakes cases. He represents clients in a wide array of civil litigation, often representing clients in significant personal injury cases.

In January of 2017, Kevin  was reappointed as Town Solicitor for another term by the Town Council in a unanimous vote. Kevin is responsible for all legal matters involving the town of Hopkinton (outside of criminal prosecutions and the zoning board of review). As Town Solicitor for the past year, Kevin has developed a deep respect for the town’s community spirit and an understanding of its unique historical, agricultural and environmental characteristics.

Kevin advises the Town Council on a wide array of business and governance matters such as requests for access to open records, compliance with open meetings laws, day-to-day personnel issues and budgetary matters. He has participated in drafting new ordinances covering both a solar energy generation facility and a new “dark sky” ordinance for exterior LED lighting. He provides either direct representation or oversight of all pending litigation including 2016 appearances in US District Court, RI Supreme Court and RI Superior Court.

Prior to joining BRCSM, Kevin worked in federal government and as a solo practitioner. With an avid interest in the intersection between government and the law, Kevin was the president of the Cranston City Council and is currently on the board of directors and executive committee of Common Cause Rhode Island, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting open, honest and accountable government.

Bar Admissions:

Rhode Island
United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Professional Affiliations:

Rhode Island Bar Association Superior Court and Federal Court Bench/Bar Committees
Rhode Island Superior Court Annexed Arbitration Program (1989 – Present)

Civic & Charitable Involvement:

Board of Directors, Common Cause Rhode Island (2001 – Present; Executive Committee, 2003 – Present, President, 2007 – 2011)
Candidate for United States Congress, Second Congressional District, 2000
Democratic Primary City Councilman, City of Cranston, Rhode Island (September, 1993 – 2001; Council President, 1999- 2001)
Board of Directors, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of RI (2001 – 2002)
Hearing Officer, Narragansett Bay Commission Arbitrator
Member and Past Chairman, Citizens Advisory Committee To the Narragansett Bay Commission (December, 1984 – December, 1990)
Youth Baseball Manager, Cranston National Budlong Little League, Cranston, RI (1991 – 1999)

Publications & Speaking Engagements:

Author: “Making the Decision: Political and Legal Aspects of Privatization from an Elected Official’s Point of View.” Enviro-Expo Proceedings, Longwood Environmental Management, Inc. (1997)
Co-Author: “Managing Risks to Health, Safety and Environment by the Use of Alternatives to Regulation 16.” New England Law Review 657 (1981)
Co-Author: “Alternatives to Regulation.” (Lexington Books, 1982)
Contributing Writer:  New Hampshire District and Municipal Court Benchbook (Civil Section, 1982)


Franklin Pierce Law Center, 1981
College of the Holy Cross,  1974
University of Vienna, 1972 – 1973