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After serving as a prosecutor in the Monroe County District Attorney's Office for nearly 17 years, including 4 years as head of the DWI Bureau,  in 2010, I went into private practice. In addition to earning Avvo's locally rare "Superb" DWI trial attorney designation, for over 10 consecutive years, I have been rated "BV Distinguished" by Martindale-Hubbell, the legal profession's leading peer review group. Recently, I was again selected to the National Trial Lawyers' list of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" and named one of the "10 Best DWI Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in New York" by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys.


Increasingly, I have been asked to represent college students charged with campus offenses, subjecting them to harsh university disciplinary proceedings where the potential consequences range from suspension to even expulsion and a permanent criminal record. As the father of college students, I know that no parents want their child's bright future jeopardized, especially for a one time serious lapse in judgment. Rest assured that regardless of the nature of your case, it will be handled with the attention and care it deserves.


At Anelli Xavier,  we are trial lawyers and fighting for you in the courtroom is our passion. DWI defense is complex work, and you deserve the best. Our firm has offices in Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo.  I oversee our Rochester office, from which we also serve clients in the Southern Tier and throughout Western New York, and it would be our privilege to handle your case.  


If your case attracts media attention, while at the District Attorney's Office, I was the spokesman for all DWI-related cases and handled all television, radio and print interviews, so I know how to position your case to the media if it becomes necessary.


Your case requires skilled, aggressive, direct and responsive legal counsel. I will be pleased to represent you.




Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
  3. Education: 10%



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  • Michael Colin Viscosi

    You would be hard pressed to find a more skilled advocate than Mr. Roxin. Rich brings to the table years of experience as head of a large county's DWI bureau and he uses those skills to zealously work to get the best possible result for his clients.


    Michael Viscosi DUI & DWI Attorney
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Contact info

Anelli Xavier, PC

510 Clinton Square
Rochester, NY, 14604


NYCurrently registered 198703/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selected as "Member of the Nation's Top One Percent"National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Rated BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2015
One of top 100 DWI attorneys in NYThe National Advocacy for DUI Defense2015
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2015
Named among "10 Best" NY Attorneys for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
BV Distinguished 12+yearsMartindale-Hubbell2015
Superb RatingAvvo2015
Top Contributor, Criminal Defense and DWIAvvo2014
Blue Merit Star for Heroic EffortsNational Ski Patrol2011
Certificate of AppreciationNYS Police Violent Felony Warrant Squad2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Supervising AttorneyAnelli Xavier, PC2013 - Present
AttorneyPrivate Law Practice2010 - 2013
General ManagerHunt Hollow Ski Area2007 - 2010
Special Assistant United States AttorneyU.S. Attorney's Office1997 - 1999
Assistant District AttorneyMonroe County District Attorney's Office1990 - 2007
AssociateRoemer and Featherstonhaugh, PC1987 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Western and Northern DIstricts of New YorkN/AN/A
United States Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitN/AN/A
National Ski PatrolSki PatrollerN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Former Monroe County Airport DirectorIn highly publicized and politically charged DWI case with extensive media coverage, client took responsibility for actions and was sentenced to community service over objection of DA's Office, which instead wanted 3 years of probation.
People v. John DoeClient seriously injured in crash and analysis of his blood showed BAC nearly double the legal limit. Charged with two misdemeanor DWI counts, case resolved with plea to traffic infraction, Driving While Ability Impaired.
People v. Jane DoeSuccessfully argued appeal of County Court conviction before Appellate DIvision, Fourth Department. Conviction vacated and case returned to local court, Charges dismissed by Special Prosecutor.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Midtown "Spirit" MagazineFeatured Member Profile2014
Channel 13- ABC AffiliateCanandaigua Driver Charged With Vehicular Assault In Court2014
Channel 8-CBS Affiliate"Former Airport Director Sentenced In DWI Case"2012
The New York Times written by Matthew Wald"Does Your Car Have a Spy In The Engine?"2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJuris Doctor1986
Boston UniversityAmerican History/CommunicationsBachelor of Science1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Rochester Undergraduate Criminal Law CourseElectronic Eavesdropping-Modern Day Applications of the 4th Amendment2011
New York State Bar Association CLE Seminar "Representing a DWI Defendant In NY from Arraignment to Disposition"Driving While Intoxicated Defense Continuing Legal Education Seminar2010
New York Prosecutors Training Institute SeminarUnderstanding and Using "Black Box" Technology at Trial2006
New York Prosecutors Training InstituteMethamphetamine Cases: From Investigation to Prosecution2006
Continuing Legal Education SeminarAddressing CPL 30.30 Concerns For Prosecutors2004
Continuing Legal Education SeminarHigh-Profile Cases in the Media: Handling The Tough Questions2003
Search and Seizure/4th Amendment/Evidence Gathering/Trial Tactics 1994-2007Adjunct Instructor, Law Enforcement Recruit Training, New York Criminal Procedure/Penal LawN/A
DWI-Related Vehicular Homicide/Assault Cases 1999-2003Numerous television, radio and newspaper interviews while Chief of DWI Bureau of the Monroe County District Attorney's OfficeN/A