William A. Farrell and Associates

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William A. Farrell is the founding principal of William A. Farrell & Associates LLC. Prior to establishing the firm, Mr. Farrell developed the Government Law and Strategies group at the international law firm of Brown Rudnick, and served as the Group's initial Managing Director, overseeing more than 20 attorneys and government relations specialists, with offices in Washington, DC, Boston, Hartford, and Providence.

For over 30 years Mr. Farrell has represented individual companies, industry trade associations and non-profit entities on state and municipal issues, along with other public issues involving the Rhode Island community.  His list of clients represents the leaders within the financial service and insurance industries; regional hospital systems and individual health care providers; national Fortune 500 companies in the telecommunication, manufacturing, servicing and technology sectors; and the gaming industry.

Mr. Farrell earned his Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law (1975) and his M.L.L. from Boston University (1991).  A lifelong resident of Rhode Island, Mr. Farrell currently resides in Cranston.

William Farrell

Matthew T. Jerzyk serves as Legal Counsel at William A. Farrell & Associates LLC. As a registered lobbyist, he frequently represents clients before municipal and state agencies on regulatory, legal and policy matters. Matt's expertise includes budgetary matters, financial services, real estate development, renewable energy, education, disruptive technologies, employment matters and the pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries. He previously served as legal counsel to the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. He also served as Senior Counsel to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and helped to guide the City of Central Falls out of bankruptcy as City Solicitor. Matt is an award-winning political consultant with a track record of success with first-time and non-traditional candidates running for public office. Matt received his B.A. and graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received his law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law. Matt’s law review article “Gentrification’s Third Way” was published in the Harvard Law and Policy Review.

Matthew Jerzyk

Patricia A. Octeau serves as Senior Director at William A. Farrell & Associates LLC, representing a variety of clients before the Rhode Island General Assembly.  As a registered lobbyist, she represents clients in the financial services, telecommunications, healthcare policy, information technology and workers compensation areas.  She is responsible for complying with the various lobby registrations and mandatory legislative/executive lobby reports on behalf of the Firm’s clients and is involved with the Firm’s local and state activities at both the legislative and executive branch levels.  Ms. Octeau has over 20 years of experience in the government relations and strategy arena.  

Ms. Octeau is a 1980 graduate of Bryant University.

Patricia Octeau

Will Farrell serves as Director of State and Municipal Affairs at William A. Farrell & Associates LLC.  As a registered lobbyist, he brings a unique integrated set of government and municipal skills, representing clients before the Rhode Island General Assembly, as well as state and local regulatory agencies.  His expertise encompasses the financial services, real estate development, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries.  Prior to entering the private sector, Will worked in Washington, DC for Senator Ted Kennedy, in Manhattan administering the Fulbright Scholarship on behalf of the US State Department, and more recently as Director of Municipal Affairs for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.  In addition to his lobbying practice, Will has also managed several local campaigns and ballot referendums. 

Will is a 2006 graduate of Northeastern University.


Andrew M. Hodgkin for nearly 40 years, has practiced law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, advising a wide range of public, private and nonprofit clients on banking, regulatory and governmental issues.

From 1990–2002, Mr. Hodgkin was a partner with Mr. Farrell in the law firm of Brown Rudnick, where he co-founded the Providence office. In addition to representing financial institutions on federal and state regulatory issues, Andy represented the Rhode Island State Investment Commission and was counsel to the state receiver for failed financial institutions during the state banking crisis of the early 1990s.

Following Brown Rudnick, Mr. Hodgkin served as a senior advisor to Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri, first as Chief Legal Counsel and subsequently as the Governor’s Chief of Staff. During that time, Andy advised the Governor following the Station Nightclub disaster and on a variety of historic matters, including separation of powers, wind energy, education, transportation and cases involving gaming and Indian rights.

Before joining Brown Rudnick, Mr. Hodgkin served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel to Old Stone Bank and its mortgage subsidiary in Seattle, Washington. During his tenure, the bank converted from a state commercial bank to a federal charter, and acquired banks in North Carolina, Washington and California.

Mr. Hodgkin earned his Bachelor of Science degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Colorado State University (1972) and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado, School of Law (1978). He has been an adjunct professor at Bryant University and URI and teaches a Fundamentals of Banking course sponsored by the Rhode Island Bankers Association. Mr. Hodgkin is a recipient of the Bar Association’s Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award for his work with Rhode Island’s nonprofit sector.

Andy resides with his wife, Gina, in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Andrew Hodgkin