Adrienne Southgate has been with the City Solicitor’s office since March, 2003. Ms. Southgate has had an extensive career in the public sector that includes serving as Executive Counsel at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (2000-2003), General Counsel at the Public Utilities Commission (1989-2000), and Chief Legal Counsel of the Department of Environmental Management (1987-1989).
Attorney Southgate began her tenure with the City as corporate and regulatory counsel. One year later, in 2004, she was promoted to Deputy Solicitor. Ms. Southgate served as the Providence City Solicitor from October 2010 until January 2012, at which time she resumed her position as Deputy.
In addition to her functions as the law department’s administrator, Ms. Southgate devotes her time to municipal contracts, and transactional and finance matters. She provides counsel to the City Clerk, Department of Finance, Department of Public Works, Parks Department, Purchasing Department and Board of Contract and Supply. She also advises the City Council Finance Committee, Committee on Ways and Means, and Committee on Public Works.
Prior to her years of public service, she was engaged in the private practice of law (1981-1987) and was a 2-year clerk to Justice G. Mennen Williams of the Michigan Supreme Court (1979-1981).
Ms. Southgate received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her law degree from Wayne State University Law School. She is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Rhode Island, to all United States Circuit Courts of Appeal, and to the United States Supreme Court. She is a devotee of the arts, and can be found at Trinity, PPAC, the Gamm, Second Story Theater, the ballet and the symphony.