PROVIDENCE – Former Cranston Mayor – and two-time Republican candidate for governor – Allan Fung has landed a new job as a partner at the Johnston-based law firm Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC.
“Returning to practicing law in a thriving law firm where I can contribute to its continued growth is exciting, and I am delighted at the opportunities ahead,” Fung said in a statement released by the law firm.
The lobbying arm of the firm has a long list of clients that, this year, includes:
Eli Lilly and Co.; the American Council of Life Insurers; the University of Rhode Island; Enterprise Holdings; Altria Client Services; American Fuel & Petro Chemical Manufacturers; Advantage Capital; the American Chemistry Council; Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PHRMA); Amgen; the R.I. Assisted Living Association and the R.I. Franchisee Association.
It is unclear if Fung – who lobbied years ago for the insurance industry – will return to lobbying. His wife – Rep. Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung – is a freshman state lawmaker this year.
Asked if lobbying will be part of Fung’s new job, law firm spokeswoman Clare Eckert said: “Allan’s appointment is as an attorney and partner and he is part of the PLDO team! PLDO is a busy firm and no doubt, Allan will be busy as well.”
In making the announcement of Fung’s hiring, Gary R. Pannone, the law firm’s managing principal, said: “Allan has served the Rhode Island community with distinction and is a dedicated public servant…His professionalism and leadership skills will be a tremendous addition to our firm and we are confident that he will have a significant impact with our lawyers, staff and clients.”
Fung said the firm “is committed to community, diversity and helping others achieve their goals – the same values that I am passionate about.”
Fung was mayor of Cranston for 12 years (January 2009 -January 2021) and is a former president of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns.
Prior to becoming mayor, he worked as government relations counsel for MetLife, a special assistant attorney general in the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, and as a litigator with Mandell, Schwartz & Boisclair.
He graduated from Rhode Island College with a B.A. in Political Science and earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1995.
He currently serves as the honorary chairman of the Board of the Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans and is on the New England Advisory Board for the International Leadership Foundation.