Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has picked Jeffrey Dana, a lawyer with the Family Law Center of Rhode Island, to be city solicitor. Dana faces confirmation by the City Council.
Dana is a graduate of Tulane University and Tulane Law School. A statement from City Hall says he has focused on consumer advocacy and housing litigation at the Family Law Center and previously worked as a lawyer for the US Bankruptcy Court of Rhode Island.
The solicitor post became vacant when Jeffrey Padwa took a job as deputy treasurer/legal counsel with state Treasurer Seth Magaziner.
“I am very pleased to nominate Mr. Dana for the position of City Solicitor,” Elorza said in a statement. “Jeff is a talented and widely admired attorney who has dedicated his career to successfully protecting the rights of working families and the most vulnerable members of our community. I am confident that Jeff will be a tireless advocate for the residents of Providence, and will serve our City with great distinction.”
According to his Family Law Center bio, Dana is fluent in Spanish and spent two years working in Argentina. According to the bio, he worked for nine years at Rhode Island Legal Services.
Dana has made a little less than $5,000 in political contributions, mostly to Elorza and former mayor Angel Taveras. He also contributed to the late Joseph Fernandez, who preceded Padwa as Taveras' city solicitor.