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Matthew A. Lopes Jr., Esq.
Matthew A. Lopes Jr. is a Principal with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC. He is a nationally-recognized Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, in the matter of Coleman v. Newsom, overseeing prison reform and compliance with orders of the Court concerning care of seriously mentally ill inmates. As Special Master, Mr. Lopes heads a team of deputy special masters, mental health clinical experts, mental health management/custodial experts, and monitors. Mr. Lopes’ work as Special Master involves addressing complex constitutional law issues relating to the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He assists the court and the Coleman parties in the design and implementation of mandatory mental health screening, diagnosis, and treatment of more than 30,000 mentally ill prisoners throughout the 34 institutions within the California prison system. He also reports extensively to the Coleman court on his findings in the California prisons, as well as on other issues as ordered by the court. Mr. Lopes’ experience in court oversight of correctional systems extends back over thirty years of continuous work in the area of court-ordered prison reform, as a special master, deputy special master, and court monitor, in three additional major remedial correctional cases under the supervision of the United States District Courts of Texas, Georgia, and Rhode Island.
In addition to his practice as a Special Master, Mr. Lopes leads the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution practice and PLDO Strategies LLC, the government relations arm of the law firm. He has more than 30 years of experience in government affairs and legislative advocacy. Mr. Lopes possesses a unique blend of legal, analytical, and relationship skills, which he credibly employs in assisting clients with their government relations, lobbying and legislative/strategic planning needs. He combines legal expertise with a common sense and pragmatic approach to problem-solving and has a loyal and long-standing government relations client base, representing organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to nonprofit businesses, including organizations within the education, food service, health care, pharmaceutical, and transportation industries, among others.
His proudest accomplishments include successfully advocating for the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative to improve Rhode Island’s criminal justice system through the enactment of legislation supporting rehabilitation and informed decision-making in sentencing, probation, and parole. Mr. Lopes also proudly served as part of a successful lobbying effort which advocated for the creation of a board of trustees at the state’s flagship educational institution, the University of Rhode Island. He was also intimately involved in the successful Rhode Island 2020 ballot initiative to remove the centuries-old word “plantations” from the official name of the State of Rhode Island.
Having once interned for former Chief Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., Mr. Lopes has also been inspired to promote and advocate for increased minority representation and diversity in the selection and appointment of Rhode Island’s judiciary.
Mr. Lopes earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Rhode Island.
Brian K. Jordan, MBA
Brian K. Jordan serves as Executive Director with PLDO Strategies LLC assisting in the development and implementation of legislative strategies for private companies, quasi-public agencies and nonprofit organizations. With over 25 years of experience in government relations and lobbying in Rhode Island, Brian is a leader in the public policy and issues management arena with extensive experience in developing, analyzing and negotiating legislation and policy, lobbying, executing effective media relations campaigns, drafting legislation, and ensuring compliance with state and federal legislation and regulation.
As a registered lobbyist, Brian represents clients in multiple industries helping navigate complex issues and uses his extensive network, know-how and resources to ensure their goals are met. He is the former Director of Public Affairs for The Westerly Hospital and was the Assistant Vice President for Government Relations for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island for over two decades.
Brian received his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Finance and his Master of Business Administration in Management from Bryant University. He graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration.
Scott A. Fraser
Scott A. Fraser serves as Senior Director of Communications and External Affairs with PLDO Strategies.
He is responsible for supporting the public relations and strategic communications efforts for a diverse group of clients, ranging from local nonprofits to international corporations. With more than 30 years of experience in public and government relations, Scott uses his expertise on behalf of clients in the areas of strategic communications, crisis communications, public affairs, issues advocacy and management, and campaign planning and execution.
Prior to joining PLDO Strategies, Scott was President and CEO of the Rhode Island Health Care Association, a trade association representing skilled nursing facilities in the state. Previously, he was a Vice President at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, serving as company spokesperson and lobbyist for more than 20 years. He is also the founder of a successful public relations firm, Fraser Communications Group.
Scott graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and has taught public relations courses at Salve Regina University, Rhode Island College and Dean College. He is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island and is involved in numerous civic and community organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Public Relations Society of America.
Andrew J. Barbero
Andrew J. Barbero serves as Government Relations Assistant with PLDO Strategies. He is a skilled legislative researcher and writer, and a public affairs and policy development specialist. Andrew has extensive experience in leading successful political and issues campaigns, including building coalitions with key stakeholders, organizing grassroots initiatives and events, and planning and managing executive leadership and advocacy outreach efforts. He employs his strong interpersonal, relation-building, communications, and strategic planning skills on behalf of PLDO Strategies’ clients across industries in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
Prior to joining PLDO Strategies, Andrew served as Director of Municipal Affairs for the City of Providence. As the key point of contact to Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s administration, Andrew acted as a liaison with Council members and staff, and worked directly on numerous legislation and projects. He was also the chief advisor to the administration regarding city ordinances and policy development, and helped to advance interdepartmental communications and problem-solving. Previously, Andrew was Director of Mayoral Advance for Mayor Elorza, working with multiple City agencies and community organizations on event planning, logistics and scheduling. Before joining the City’s executive staff, he worked in the Mayoral Advance Department in 2017, then taking on the duties of Director of Field Operations for the 2018 Elorza for Mayor campaign. Andrew’s early professional career includes working as a Field Organizer for the Clay Pell for Governor campaign and as the Regional Field Director for the Cicilline for Congress campaign in 2014.
Andrew graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude, where he was the recipient of the Academic Excellence in English award. He is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.