Our Advocates


Zachary G. Darrow, Esq. – Chief Executive Officer

Zachary G. Darrow, Esq. is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Capitol Communications, LLC. Mr. Darrow has extensive government affairs experience having represented commercial developers and entrepreneurs before state and local bodies across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

As a former Special Advisor to the Mayor of Providence, Mr. Darrow counseled city officials on landmark legislation relating to the development and regulation of the Providence “Knowledge District.” In 2012, he also advised the Mayor’s office during negotiations with some of the largest tax exempt institutions in Providence as part of a plan to help restore Providence to fiscal stability. In Fall River, Mr. Darrow has served as Special Counsel to the city on matters pertaining to commercial real estate development programs and economic development; including the creation of enterprise zones and a city wide solar program.

In recent legislative sessions, Mr. Darrow has represented a coalition of real estate developers on a numerous issues surrounding economic development in the State of Rhode Island. In the course of this representation, Mr. Darrow authored a piece of legislation to restore and improve the State Historic Tax Credit Program, as well as legislation creating a program to reuse abandoned credits and put them back into use for current projects.

In addition to his experience working with leaders at the state level on behalf of his clients, Mr. Darrow has over 15 years of experience representing real estate developers and businesses before municipalities. Mr. Darrow has successfully represented national, regional and local clients’ interests before city and town officials across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Mr. Darrow has extensive private sector experience both as entrepreneur and as the managing partner of DarrowEverett LLP which is a full service law firm located in Providence and Boston. As an attorney, Mr. Darrow’s practice concentrates in the areas of corporate, private equity, finance, commercial real estate and government affairs. He currently represents regional and national retailers, regional and national developers, landlords and tenants of all types of commercial properties, lenders and equity participants (institutional and private) and various non-real estate based entities with their business law needs.
Among many other matters and projects, Mr. Darrow has worked extensively with a Fortune 100 retailer in its site acquisition and ground leasing program; and has created the legal structure and documentation for one of Rhode Island’s largest high-end waterfront condominium and resort developments.

Mr. Darrow is an adjunct professor of law at Roger Williams University School of Law. He also is an incorporator of the Providence Foundation and serves on the Greater Kennedy Plaza Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Darrow is a board member of the following organizations: the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy,  PeaceLove Studios/Peace Love Foundation and Read to Succeed.

 

Nicholas J. Hemond, J.D. – Executive Vice President of
Goverment Relations

The key to successful issue campaigns is a clear and powerful message that connects with both decision makers and the public at large. His experience in proactive messaging, political coalition building, public relations, public policy and grassroots organization enable Nick Hemond to assist clients in crafting and executing an integrated strategy incorporating all of these essentials elements. Nick works with legislative and executive leaders on a daily basis to ensure his clients’ interests are strongly and effectively communicated, understood and advanced.

Nick Hemond began working in politics while still a student at Providence College and has been involved in the various layers of Rhode Island politics ever since. He has served as an advisor and campaign consultant for members of the Providence City Council. Nick also led the research and communications departments for the Democratic nominee for governor of Rhode Island in 2010. After the campaign, he continued to remain politically active by co-founding a full service political consulting firm based in Providence. The firm focused on providing numerous candidates for State Representative and State Senate with campaign services including grassroots organization building, campaign finance and public relations.

A lifelong Rhode Islander and resident of Providence, Nick attended Providence College where he received an Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, with a concentration in Political Communication and Mass Media, as well as a certificate in Business Studies. After Providence College, Nick went on to obtain a law degree from the Roger William’s University School of Law.

In 2011, the Mayor of the City of Providence appointed Mr. Hemond to the Providence School Board, the entity responsible for overseeing the operations of the state’s largest school system. Mr. Hemond was elected chairperson of the Board’s Committee on Policy and also has served as Board Vice President. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees and a national purchasing board associated for large school systems.