Our Team

Whether working with government organizations, businesses or individuals, Billy Conley is known for his high-energy advocacy for his clients in and out of the courtroom. He provides strategic insight and tactical recommendations that has resulted in decisions with a major impact on Rhode Island communities, and victories for his clients in state and federal court.

Billy counsels Rhode Island municipalities on a diverse array of significant legal issues that foster smart growth and development, fiscal responsibility and advance the best practices for good government. With a sound knowledge of labor, land use, and administrative law, the office has represented the interests of the City of East Providence, Town of Johnston, Johnston School Committee, Warren Housing Authority, Town of Cumberland, the Town of Westerly, the City of Central Falls and other municipal agencies throughout the state.

Billy works with clients on business creation and organization, employment matters, zoning and land use, and when necessary brings his litigation skills and experience to Federal and State courts and agencies on their behalf.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Boston College, Billy went on to receive his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. He is certified as a professional mediator for workplace conflict management matters and mediation, Billy is also trained as an arbitrator by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services Institute for resolving employment and labor disputes.

As Chief Legal Counsel for the Rhode Island Ethics Commission, Billy represented the Commission for more than five years in its quest to set the highest ethical standards of conduct for all public officials and employees. He has grappled with important constitutional issues and been involved in critical cases that sought to uphold and enforce the code of conduct.

Billy is a past member of the Board of Directors of Rhode Island Legal Services and the RI Bar Association’s Character and Fitness Committee.  He has received several awards from the RI Bar Association acknowledging his commitment to pro bono work and public service. Currently he is also a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association Board of Bar Examiners. 

Mr. Conley authored a section on “Default, Proof of Damages, and Entry of Final Judgment in Defaulted Cases” in the 2015 MCLE publication “Practical Guide to Superior Court Practice in Rhode Island.”

In January of 2013, Billy Conley was sworn in as a RI State Senator from District 18 (East Providence, Pawtucket) and currently serves as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and a member of the  Committee on Environment & Agriculture.

Gina Renzulli Lemay joined the firm in 2010 after several years with a mid-sized RI law firm where she concentrated on insurance defense matters. Gina handles litigation in state and federal courts for the firm’s municipal and private clients, and has been actively involved in matters focusing on regulatory and administration issues. Gina works closely with the firm’s municipal clients on labor and employment issues, including municipal pensions, and assists with issues related to open government. Gina has successfully assisted the firm’s clients by skillfully navigating cases through the arbitration and mediation processes. Gina’s keen understanding of personal injury law is strengthened by her experience in insurance defense litigation.

 Gina graduated from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a concentration in Finance and Human Resources Management. She graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2005 and, following graduation, served as a judicial clerk for the Rhode Island Superior Court. She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts for Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

 Gina is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, and the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association where she has served as a member of the Executive Board since 2007. Gina is currently serving as President for the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association. In 2010, Chief Justice Suttell appointed Gina to the Permanent Advisory Committee on Women and Minorities in the Courts where she continues to serve. From 2016 to 2018, Gina served on the Board of Directors for Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. Previously, Gina spent several years on the Board of Directors for Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, Inc., which is a non-profit located in the City of Providence that provides free professional art-based education and training to Providence youth.

Deidre E. Carreno is known for her in-depth analysis of complex legal issues and the attention to detail that produces successful and cost-efficient results. She is active in the firm’s representation of government clients including litigation in State and Federal Court and agencies. She also handles collective bargaining and labor disputes.

Deidre has extensive experience with vested rights and retiree benefit disputes as well as compliance with open government laws. In addition, she has developed a special focus on education law including due-process disputes, school discipline and the provision of regular and special education services under both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and State regulations. In particular, she has developed policies and procedures in line with the Basic Education Program, including human capital management.

A graduate of Stonehill College and the Roger Williams University School of Law, she served as a law clerk for the City of East Providence where she assisted in matters of government, municipal law and litigation. She is admitted to practice in the State of Rhode Island and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  Deidre is also a member of the Government Lawyers Committee.

Dylan Conley handles municipal, land use, and labor law for the firm. He is the Chairman of the City of Providence Board of Licenses and the Assistant Solicitor for the City of East Providence. He has experience in grievance arbitration and collective bargaining negotiations as well as drafting zoning regulations and guiding developers through the permitting process.

Dylan also advises government boards on open meeting requirements and day to day operations. He has experience representing cities, towns, school committees, housing authorities, and other municipal corporations during hearings, drafting policies, and litigation.

After graduating from Boston College, Dylan Conley attended the Florida State University College of Law. While at FSU Law, Dylan attended the Florida State Oxford College of Law Program at Oxford University in England. He served as an intern for the Law Office of William J. Conley, Jr. from 2008 to 2013 and joined the firm as an associate in 2014. 

Dylan is admitted to practice in Rhode Island as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He is a member of both the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Government Law and Labor Law committees. As a teacher at the Roger Williams University Paralegal Studies program, received the 2015 Thomas J. Carroll Outstanding Teacher Award for his contributions to his profession, to the University, and to the community at large.

When he isn’t at work, he and his wife Jenica Reed Conley, are active volunteers in the community. Together with their dog Chewbacca, they bought their home in the West End on HGTV’s House Hunters. Dylan is a founding board member of the Millennial Professional Group of Rhode Island, a non-profit dedicated to helping Millennials #ChooseRI as their place to live, work, play, and grow. He is also Vice Chairman of Federal Hill House’s Executive Board, a non-profit organization founded in 1887 dedicated to serving the needs of the Federal Hill community from infant care to elderly outreach.

Diony Garcia currently works at the Law Offices of William J. Conley, Jr., as a bilingual attorney (English\Spanish), he has experience in handling various civil matters and criminal defense. He began his legal career working as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Providence handling various municipal matters before moving on as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General. Diony co-founded the Rhode Island Hispanic Bar Association, in which he currently serves as Interim-President, co-founded Millennial Rhode Island, a young professional group, and is the Chair of the Rhode Island Latino Policy Institutes’ Advisory Board. He graduated from University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University School of Law.

Kyla M. Pecchia joined the Law Offices of William J. Conley, Jr. in early 2019 after practicing general civil litigation and family law in Warwick, RI. She is admitted to practice in Rhode Island, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Prior to practicing law full time, Kyla spent two years working as a local lobbyist, representing the legislative interests of several medical professional groups. Kyla also worked as a Legal Fellow to the Honorable Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in his Washington, D.C. office, prior to her graduation from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2016. She is a proud alumna of Rhode Island College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in 2013.

As a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, Kyla serves as Co-Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Professionalism and is a member of the New Lawyers Committee. Kyla is a member of the RI Women’s Bar Association, and recently completed a case as a volunteer lawyer for the Partners Overcoming Domestic Violence Project, under the auspices of RI Legal Services. She also co-authored and presented a CLE about Social Media and Ethics for the Modern Lawyer at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

In addition, Kyla is currently the Executive Director of Millennial Rhode Island: a non-profit, generational networking group founded by Rhode Islanders, whose mission is to connect other Millennial-aged RI professionals with resources that enable them to #ChooseRI as a place to live, work, and grow. She is the Secretary of the Rhode Island College Foundation Board of Directors and has served as the Recording Secretary of the Warwick Democratic City Committee for several years.

Stephanie Scarpelli joined the Firm as a legal assistant in 2020 after several years working with prominent plaintiff and defense medical malpractice law firms.  Stephanie has almost ten years of experience as a legal assistant and paralegal.  In addition to being the Firm’s legal assistant, she handles all of the receptionist duties including answering the telephone, greeting clients and maintaining the Firm’s files.  Stephanie provides a full range of litigation support including, but not limited to, managing the Firm’s calendar; preparing and filing pleadings; drafting correspondence; drafting estate planning documents; preparing Probate matters from start to finish; drafting collective bargaining agreements, tentative agreements, resolutions, ordinances and a variety of other documents.

Our Office
123 Dyer St, Providence, RI 02903


From Route 95 North or South, take Exit 22A toward Downtown/Memorial Boulevard.
Proceed straight through five (5) sets of traffic lights.
Proceed through the sixth light and look for 123 Dyer Street; it is a brick building on the right. The entrance is marked by the American flag.


To access our validated parking, turn right onto Pine Street immediately after the sixth light. (Look for the Capriccio restaurant awning to the right.)
Park in the first parking lot on the left for validated parking.
From there, 123 Dyer Street is just around the corner from Capriccio restaurant; the entrance is marked by the American flag. We are on the second floor.