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Our Professionals

Michael J. Healey
Co-Founder and Attorney at Law
Michael has extensive experience in real estate conveyancing, title insurance underwriting, and environmental law.  Prior to opening Ocean State Title & Escrow, LLC, Michael worked as an associate at a northern Rhode Island law firm with a primary focus on real estate conveyancing.  Prior to working in Rhode Island, Michael was an Attorney-Advisor with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.

In addition to being a co-owner and founder of Ocean State Title, Michael is also a partner in the law firm of Healey & Shannon, LLC which offers legal representation in several disciplines including wills and trusts, estate planning, land use, real estate quiet title actions and workers compensation.

Michael is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Committee on Title Standards. Michael received his J.D. from the California Western School of Law and his B.S. from the University of Rhode Island.  Michael was born and raised in Central Falls, Rhode Island and now resides with his family in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

You can contact Michael directly at michael@oceanstatetitle.com 

Nicole J. Shannon
Co-Founder and Attorney at Law

For the past eleven years, Nicole has practiced law primarily in the areas of residential and commercial real estate conveyancing and financing. Prior to being admitted to the Rhode Island Bar, Nicole worked in this area as a legal secretary and paralegal for nearly ten years. In addition to her real estate conveyancing background, Nicole also has experience in other real estate land use matters including applications for property subdivisions, planning/zoning board relief and building permits.

In addition to being a co-owner and founder of Ocean State Title, Nicole is also a partner in the law firm of Healey & Shannon, LLC which offers legal representation in several disciplines including wills and trusts, estate planning, land use, real estate quiet title actions and workers compensation.

Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts at Boston College in 1992 and her Juris Doctor at the Roger Williams University of School in 1997. A lifelong resident of Rhode Island, she now resides with her family in Cumberland.

You can contact Nicole directly at nicole@oceanstatetitle.com

Joann B. Cournoyer
Co-Founder and Paralegal

Joann has been a paralegal in Rhode Island for over 20 years.  She has spent most of her career working primarily in the field of real estate conveyancing and is now a co-owner of Ocean State Title & Escrow, LLC.  At Ocean State Title, Joann supervises all aspects of the residential real estate closing process and manages the company's staff of title examiners.  She is also primarily responsible for managing Ocean State Title's various escrow accounts, including preparation of daily disbursements and account reconciliations.

In addition to her work as a paralegal, Joann has been instrumental in furthering the client base and marketing efforts of her employers.  Throughout her lengthy career, Joann has fostered and maintained valuable relationships with various realtors, lenders and other real estate professionals throughout Rhode Island. 

Joann received her degree in Paralegal Studies from Johnson & Wales University in 1987.  A lifelong resident of Rhode Island, she now resides with her family in North Kingstown.

You can contact Joann directly at joann@oceanstatetitle.com