William M. Daley


  • Overview


    William Maxwell Daley focuses his practice on insurance coverage litigation and business litigation. 

    Insurance Litigation

    Max is a member of the firm's Insurance + Reinsurance Group. He handles a range of insurance coverage and claims litigation, including matters involving property, liability, life, health, disability, professional liability matters and more.

    Business Litigation

    As a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group, Max assists clients facing a range of commercial disputes, including claims of breach of contract; business torts such as fraud, misrepresentation, conversion, and interference with contract; unfair and deceptive trade practices; RICO violations; securities and antitrust violations; and intellectual property claims.

    Max is experienced at working to protect the interests of businesses. He has guided a client through the successful launch of a business, by helping the client through multi-state regulatory compliance issues and advising the client on a business model. After a former employee at a Fortune 500 company launched a derogatory web site aimed at harming the company’s image, he worked on the company’s behalf to shut down the site.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Max worked as a judicial law clerk in the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department, where he assisted two Rhode Island Superior Court Justices.

    While in law school, Max worked as Articles Editor for the Roger Williams University Law Review. He also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Mary M. Lisi of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

  • Experience
    • Experience


        Civil Litigation

      • Successfully prepared motion for summary judgment in civil case which resulted in client exiting case at early juncture.

      • Researched and drafted a motion to quash a third-party subpoena issued to client, a medical supplies distributor, in an ongoing antitrust lawsuit.

      • Business Planning

      • Led client project to address business requirements, planned operating procedure and ensuring compliance with the regulatory provisions of multiple states. Advised and suggested new business models to the client to ensure compliance, leading to successful launch of the business.

      • Corporate Compliance

      • Advised a Fortune 500 company on whether its current incentive based payment system to product suppliers was permissible under federal and state regulations.

      • Developed a response to a website being operated by a former employee of a Fortune 500 company that was harmful to the company’s image. Drafted a cease and desist letter and prepared a contingency plan using Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, which would allow company to transfer ownership of the domain to itself, enabling it to shut down the website.

      • Advised Rhode Island business on whether proposed changes to business procedures were permissible under federal and state statutory schemes.

      • General Experience

      • Conducted legal research, drafted and edited memoranda and decisions to assist two Justices of the Rhode Island Superior Court.

      • As a law clerk at a Rhode Island firm, he assisted on a wide range of legal issues, including employment, insurance, property, intellectual property, bankruptcy, government compliance, zoning, health care, appellate and corporate matters.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association
      Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

      Rhode Island Bar Association
      Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee

      Massachusetts Bar Association

      Defense Research Institute
      Insurance Law Committee

      Federal Bar Association
      Younger Lawyers Division
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Recognized as a 2022 Up & Coming Lawyer by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly

      Listed as a Rising Star in the 2018, 2019, 2022 and 2023 Rhode Island Super Lawyers lists.

      Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Insurance Law for 2023 and 2024 and in the area of Commerical Litigation for 2024. 

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Roger Williams University School of Law
      Board of Directors, Alumni Association
    • Presentations


      "Insights Into Developing Business in the Era of COVID-19," co-presented with Gabrielle R. Mercadante, as moderators of the R+C Associate Lunch & Learn virtual program. (8/27/2020)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • July 3, 2023

        Three Attorneys Listed as Rhode Island Super Lawyers® as Rising Stars

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      • June 8, 2022

        Max Daley Recognized by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly as an “Up & Coming Lawyer”

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      • November 5, 2018

        Providence Office Participates in 2018 Rhode Island Walk for Epilepsy

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      • October 18, 2018

        51 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 26, 2023

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in 2023 Super Lawyers®

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      • August 17, 2023

        78 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2024

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      • October 11, 2022

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in 2022 Super Lawyers®

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      • August 18, 2022

        74 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2023

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      • October 19, 2019

        52 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • December 20, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Expands Litigation Practice in Providence

    • Legal Updates/Newsletters

      Legal Updates/Newsletters

      "COVID-19: Governor Baker Issues Order Closing All “Non-Essential” Businesses Until April 7, 2020" co-authored with Barrett P. Wilson-Murphy and Kathleen M. Porter (3/25/20)