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Kerry I. Rafanelli

Kerry I. Rafanelli

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Guardianship, Criminal Defense, Probate

Kerry Rafanelli

About Me

Kerry I. Rafanelli is an establishing partner in the Rhode Island (RI) Law Offices of Rafanelli and Rafanelli. He is an experienced Rhode Island (RI) and Massachusetts (MA) trial attorney who handles cases in all areas of family law and also practices as a family law mediator assisting married couples, parents and domestic partners to resolve their issues amicably. Kerry has served as a Guardian Ad Litem in Rhode Island (RI) Family Court for the past 20 years, representing the best interests of children involved in custody and placement disputes.

In addition to family law, Kerry handles all Rhode Island and Massachusetts probate estate matters, including preparation of Wills, Trusts and Durable Care Powers of Attorney. Kerry I. Rafanelli also represents plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death matters, as well as District Court criminal misdemeanor matters.

Kerry graduated from Providence College in 1980 and received his Juris Doctorate cum laude from New England School of Law in Boston in 1983. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Federal District Court. He has served as an assistant city solicitor for the City of Warwick since 1988


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1983

  1. Divorce & Separation: 65%
  2. Guardianship: 20%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
  4. Probate: 5%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer. Kerry and I have worked together on numerous domestic relations and probate matters over the past four years. Kerry is always thoroughly prepared, well-versed in the law and passionate in the representation of his clients. His attention to detail is unsurpassed. Kerry is an attorney of the utmost integrity who sincerely cares about his clients, his colleagues and the practice of law.


    Gina Baxter Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • David Slepkow

    Kerry is one of the top divorce, custody and family law lawyers in Rhode Island. Kerry is both compassionate and aggressive at the same time. He is also well know and respected as a Guardian ad Litem for children in very contentious custody cases. I have had several cases against Kerry and he is a formidable adversary while maintaining professionalism at all times.


    David Slepkow Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

670 Main Street
Suite C4
East Greenwich, RI, 02818


RIAuthorized to practice law198305/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AD PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2015
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AD PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2014
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AD PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2013
Client Distinction AwardLawyers.com2013
Kent County Lawyer of The YearKent County Bar Association1999
Sworn InUnited States Supreme Court1989

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Certified Divorce MediatorRoger Williams University1995 - Present
AttorneyPrivate Law Practice1989 - Present
PartnerRafanelli and Rafanelli1988 - Present
Assistant City SolicitorCity of Warwick1988 - Present
AssociateDworkin and Brady1985 - 1988

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Rhode Island Board of EducationCouncil Member2014 - Present
Whitmarsh School For BoysBoard Member2011 - Present
Frybrook Condominium AssociationDirector2011 - Present
Guardian Ad Litem Court Appointed PanelMember2004 - Present
Bonnet Shores Beach Club BoardBoard Member2004 - Present
Edward P. Gallogly Rhode Island Inns of CourtMember2000 - Present
Rhode Island Family Court Divorce Mediation PanelMember1995 - Present
Kent County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New England School of LawN/AN/A1983
Providence CollegeN/AN/A1980