Keough + Sweeney, divorce, business, personal injury, utility and criminal lawyers in RI and MA.

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What We Do

Divorce, Child Support, Criminal, Commercial and Public Utilities Lawyer in RI + MA

At Keough + Sweeney, we handle cases from divorce and child support and custody to commercial litigation, real estate and renewable energy development in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Some may ask how one firm can address such a broad range of issues. If you come to us with questions about criminal law, personal injury or utility and real estate law, you will receive an answer as we have merged our experience to create a full-service law firm able to address the myriad needs of our clients.

We draw upon the experience of our team and each attorney’s particular area of expertise to ensure you the strongest representation. Our small firm approach gives you the personal, partner-level attention you deserve.

Please review more details of our practice areas on this website or call our Attorneys with any questions.  We would be happy to speak with you to assess whether we may be of assistance with your case.

Public Utilities

Public Utilities Law – Rhode Island

Keough + Sweeney represents and counsels Water, Wastewater and Renewable Energy clients in all aspects of the regulatory process before the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers. Our governmental and national clients benefit materially from our multifaceted experience.

The firm’s founding partner, Joe Keough, has extensive experience representing Water, Wastewater and Renewable Energy clients before the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities And Carriers, including over thirty five cases before both regulatory bodies over the past ten years.

  • Water Utility Law
  • Wastewater Utility Law
  • Renewable Energy Law

Business + Commercial

Business Formation/Purchase/Sale – Rhode Island, Massachusetts 

Business owners look to Keough + Sweeney for advice and representation at all stages of their business. Our firm advises business owners on entity formation and provides representation in litigated matters. We can assist you in creating limited liability companies, Subchapter S and C corporations, general partnerships and sole proprietorships.

  • Business Formation
  • Business Purchase and Sales
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Subchapter S Corporations
  • C Corporations
  • Secretary of State Registration

Business Litigation – Rhode Island, Massachusetts

The lawyers at Keough + Sweeney are also adept at addressing issues that require litigation. Alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation and arbitration, may be required if a dispute cannot be settled out of court. Our approach is tenacious, but practical. We will fight to protect your interests in litigation on issues that include:

  • Contract disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Shareholder disputes

Divorce, Custody + Family

Keough + Sweeney offers individuals and families quality representation in divorce cases and other family law matters. The foundation for our firm’s success lies in our ability to provide clients with an open forum in which to discuss their concerns. Our Rhode Island and Massachusetts divorce lawyers offer a full range of divorce and legal separation services. As experienced litigators, we will pursue and protect your interests at all stages – from initial negotiations to a marital settlement agreement or trial and post judgment proceedings. We help clients resolve all divorce-related issues, including:

 Divorce Law – Rhode Island, Massachusetts

  • Property division
  • Alimony
  • Modification of alimony
  • Property settlement agreements
  • Contested divorce trials
  • Uncontested divorce settlements

Child Custody, Visitation and Support Law – Rhode Island, Massachusetts

  • Child support contempt proceedings
  • Child support modification and termination
  • Visitation disputes
  • Visitation modification
  • Custody modification
  • Interstate custody matters
  • Interstate child support matters
  • Motions to terminate, modify or increase child support
  • Paternity
  • Grandparents visitation

Post-Divorce Issues and Law – Rhode Island, Massachusetts 

  • Adoption
  • Prenuptial, cohabitation, and marital agreements
  • Restraining orders/domestic violence/no contact orders
  • Mediation

Personal Injury

Personal Injury Law – Rhode Island, Massachusetts

A personal injury can be life-changing. Serious injuries such as head trauma, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and burns can require an injured person to make major changes to his or her life. You need an experienced litigator who will pursue and protect your rights as an injured person, from settlement negotiations to trial. Our firm represents clients who face injuries as the result of:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Motorcycle and truck accidents
  • Dog bite injuries
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Burn injuries
  • Slip and fall
  • Insured motorists
  • Uninsured motorists
  • Accidental deaths
  • Hit and run
  • Premises liability

Criminal + DUI/OUI

Criminal + DUI/DWI/OUI Lawy – Rhode Island and Massachusetts

The attorneys at Keough + Sweeney are experienced in handling criminal matters in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Many criminal matters are intertwined with divorce and family law matters and child custody and visitation matters. Because the Attorneys at Keough + Sweeney also concentrate in divorce and family law, they can use that experience to help clients with criminal matters related to the family relationship.  Criminal matters include but are not limited to:

  • Domestic assault
  • Domestic disorderly conduct
  • Domestic vandalism
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Refusal to take breathalyzer tests
  • Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Writing bad checks
  • Probation violations
  • Violation of no contact orders and restraining orders 
  • Expungements

Real Estate

Real Estate Law – Rhode Island, Massachusetts

We provide numerous services to both Buyers and Sellers in residential and commercial real estate transactions. We review, prepare and negotiate offers to purchase and purchase and sales agreements for Buyers and Sellers. If any issues arise relative to the title examination, the inspections, or the mortgage, we work to resolve the disputes and dilemmas so the deal will close on time to the satisfaction of all parties involved. In addition to residential transactions, we also practice in all matters relating to and arising from real estate. Keough + Sweeney represents clients regarding the following real estate issues.

  • Residential and Commercial Closings
  • Title Searches
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Purchase and Sales Agreements
  • Landlord/Tenant Cases
  • Evictions



  • "When I thought about giving up after an already-lengthy litigation process, Joe Keough encouraged me instead to keep fighting. He saw the merit of my case and worked with diligence to take it to trial and present it to a jury. As a result, we were awarded even more than we originally requested. I am thankful I had such dedicated representation.”

    Stephen J. McCarthyNewport Beach, CA
  • "Joe Keough is intelligent, kind and one the most capable attorneys I have ever worked with. Our private ambulance and medical billing businesses face significant legal exposure and working with Keough and Sweeney has made my life much easier. I can't imagine doing business with any one else."

    Gary ReisPresident, Med Tech Ambulance, A-Stat Medical Billing Management, Inc.
  • "From the day I walked into his office, Joe Keough remained focused on my legal problems. As his client I never felt felt more confident in my choice of legal representation. Not only was he focused and efficient but his office staff also showed the same type of concern for my legal issues. My calls to his office were handle with the highest professionalism."

    Charles RuggerioRehoboth, MA