Angel Taveras

Angel Taveras

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Angel Taveras focuses his practice on municipal restructuring, public finance, commercial litigation, pension litigation and public infrastructure. With over 14 years of experience in litigation, he is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. His diverse litigation practice includes complex commercial matters, including matters arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, as well as bankruptcy litigation, zoning and land use, shareholder disputes, and election recounts and challenges.

From 2011 to 2015, Angel served as the Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, where he led a city government with 5,700 employees and a budget of $678 million. He is credited with rescuing the city from the brink of bankruptcy and confronting a $110 million structural deficit through landmark reforms to pensions, negotiated concessions in labor contracts and unprecedented assistance from tax-exempt institutions. Under his leadership, Providence was recognized with the All-America City Award from the National Civic League for its plan to boost third-grade reading proficiency, was the recipient of a $3 million award from the Carnegie Foundation to create innovative high schools, and received the City Livability Award at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2014.  In addition, Angel won Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge $5 million grand prize for his innovative proposal to improve the vocabularies of pre-school age children.

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Experience

  • Mayor, City of Providence, RI, 2011-2015

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America® "Top Listed – Government Relations," 2018 
  • Honoree, Semana Dominicana Award, La Cámara Americana de Comercio de La República Dominicana (AMCHAMDR) and La Universidad Acción Pro-Educación (UNAPEC), 2015
  • Listed, USA Today, "Rising Latino Star," 2014
  • Honoree, Pacesetter Award, National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, 2012 and 2014
  • Recipient, Mayor’s Challenge for $5 Million Grand Prize, Bloomberg Philanthropies, 2013
  • Recognized, Metropolis Magazine, "One of 5 Innovative Mayors in the Country," 2013
  • Listed, "100 Best Communities for Young Children," America's Promise Alliance, 2012
  • Recipient, Excellence in Public Service Award, Common Cause Rhode Island, 2012
  • Recipient, Rose Fellowship, Urban Land Institute, 2011
  • Board Member, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Board Member, Alliance for Early Success

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1996
  • B.A., Harvard University, 1992
Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Languages
  • Spanish, Fluent