Anthony R. Mignanelli

Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Phone: 401-455-3500
Fax: 401-455-0648
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Anthony R. Mignanelli is the principal attorney of Mignanelli & Associates, Ltd. Mr. Mignanelli received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Bryant University in 1973 and his J.D. degree from the George Mason University School of Law in 1980. He is admitted to practice in both Rhode Island and Virginia, as well as the United States District Court for Rhode Island, United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Mignanelli was employed as a Trust Officer with Rhode Island Hospital Trust National Bank, and Old Stone Trust Company.

Mr. Mignanelli successfully litigated the landmark special needs planning case of Chenot v. Bordeleau wherein the Rhode Island Supreme Court held that persons who are beneficiaries of discretionary trusts may also be eligible for medical assistance benefits. He also prevailed in another precedent-setting case, Pezza v. Pezza, in which the Rhode Island Supreme Court defined the rights of a surviving spouse to real estate held in trust.

Mr. Mignanelli was voted one of the four best estate planning attorneys in a survey of the Fifty Best Lawyers in Rhode Island published by Rhode Island Monthly in February, 1998. Mr. Mignanelli was also recognized as one of New England’s top attorneys in Super Lawyers Magazine numerous times.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning for taxable and non-taxable estates
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Estate Planning for same-sex-couples
  • Estate Settlement
  • Trust Administration
  • Charitable Giving
  • Lottery Attorney for anonymous lottery claims

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia J.D. - 1980
  • Bryant University B.S. - 1973
    Major: Business Administration

Published Works

  • How Rhode Island Dealt with the Change in the State Death Tax Credit, 50 RI Bar Journal No. 1, p. 23 (September, 2001)

Representative Cases

  • Chenot v. Bordeleau (Rhode Island Supreme Court)
  • Pezza v. Pezza (Rhode Island Supreme Court)


  • Lecturer, Estate Planning and Estate Settlement Issues

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Probate and Trust Committee
  • Rhode Island Estate Planning Council, Member

Past Employment

  • Rhode Island Hospital Trust National Bank, Trust Officer
  • Old Stone Trust Company, Trust Officer

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