Kelley Morris Salvatore

KelleyMorris Salvatore - Partner


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  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island


  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude
    • Moot Court Board
  • Rhode Island College, B.A., Political Science and Public Administration, cum laude



Kelley Morris Salvatore is a Partner in DarrowEverett’s Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group with over 25 years of experience. She concentrates her practice in the areas of municipal law and administrative appeals. Kelley focuses mainly on land use and development and assists clients with all municipal and state-related matters, including tax appeals, tax stabilization agreements, environmental, building code, and liquor and other licensing matters. Kelley has extensive experience representing clients with their development projects, working with local leaders and staff to ensure her clients’ interests are effectively advanced.

Kelley currently serves as the Town Solicitor for the Town of Cumberland, representing all town officials and departments in the areas of municipal law. She also serves as the Assistant Solicitor for the Town of North Providence, representing both the Planning and Zoning Boards. Until recently, Kelley also served as counsel to the Providence City Plan Commission.

Representative Matters

  • Drafted model zoning ordinance provisions and development regulations for extensive housing legislation package passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly to assist municipalities in revising documents to comply with new state law.
  • Earned summary judgment in favor of seller of high-end real estate involved in dispute over default of a purchase and sales agreement. Though the buyer contended he was still entitled to purchase the property in addition to receiving monetary damages for the default, we successfully argued that our client’s fulfillment of the monetary damages stipulated in the contract completed his obligations.
  • Obtained all permitting entitlements for two ground-mounted solar energy developments totaling approximately 11 megawatts on separate properties in Exeter, Rhode Island.
  • Successfully negotiated and obtained approval from Pawtucket (R.I.) City Council for tax stabilization agreement for property to be used for general warehousing, storage and distribution consisting of approximately 160,000 square feet, 36 loading slips and associated improvements.
  • Successfully appealed denial of master plan of ground-mounted solar energy development and obtained all permitting entitlements including special use permit for 2.5-megawatt ground-mounted solar energy development in North Smithfield, R.I.
  • Secured preliminary plan approval in major land development application for 18-unit residential cluster development in Coventry, Rhode Island.
  • Successfully obtained permitting entitlements after Rhode Island municipality attempted to prohibit retail sale of cannabis through a zoning amendment. Our representation kept our client from having to proceed with costly litigation against the city.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining the DarrowEverett team, Kelley was a partner at a Providence-based law firm and later served as the Director of Planning for the Town of Cumberland. Most recently, Kelley practiced as a sole practitioner while serving in several solicitor roles. Additionally, Kelley previously served as the Chair of the State Housing Appeals Board, which reviewed developer’s appeals from local boards’ decisions regarding comprehensive permit applications.

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Publications and Media Appearances


  • Massachusetts Bar Association – Member
  • Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce – Member, and Women’s Business Council Member
  • Rhode Island Bar Association – Member
  • Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association – Member
  • Rhode Island Builders Association – Member
  • State Housing Appeals Board – Chairperson, 2013-2023
  • Cumberland Town Council, 2006-2010
    • President Pro Tem, 2008-2010
    • Chairperson, Ordinance Subcommittee, 2006-2010
    • Vice Chairperson, Board of Licenses, 2006-2008
  • Cumberland Zoning Board, 2003-2006
    • Chairperson, 2004-2006