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Serving Monroe County, Ontario County, Orleans County, Livingston County, Wayne County and Genesee County


James L. Riotto is a lawyer in Rochester who has an impressive law enforcement background combined with substantial criminal defense experience. His extensive experience as a state trooper and within law enforcement and criminal prosecution has provided him with a unique perspective that sets him apart from other Rochester criminal defense attorneys. Clients get the benefit of an attorney with a clear understanding of both sides of their legal issues.



State and federal law enforcement experience


Prior to attending law school, Mr. Riotto graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in Glynco, Georgia with honors, and subsequently took positions as an officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and then with the New York State Department of Corrections. After being certified as a New York State Police Officer at the University Police Department at SUNY Oswego, in 2000 he became a New York State Trooper specializing in criminal investigations, traffic enforcement and DWI.


Mr. Riotto’s education and experience provide him with detailed knowledge of the various systems, policies and procedures utilized by New York and federal law enforcement agencies. As a New York State Certified Instructor, he educated New York police recruits before deciding to use his experience to pursue a career in the legal field.



Legal background in criminal prosecution and defense


Mr. Riotto began his legal career by completing internships with state, city, county and federal judges in New York. In those positions, he researched various civil and criminal issues and assisted with drafting judicial opinions. During law school, he worked at the New York State Liquor Authority, where he reviewed investigative reports, Alcohol Beverage Control ("ABC") violations and liquor license applications, and helped decide whether to approve or deny the applications.


Before beginning his practice as a Rochester criminal defense attorney, Mr. Riotto took a position with the New York State Attorney General's Office, Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, where he researched investigations, drafted criminal charges and assisted in many high-profile criminal investigations into state agencies, including the New York State Police. Mr. Riotto went on to work at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, Major Offense Bureau, where he contributed to prosecuting several felony criminal matters, including DWI offenses.


In 2008, Mr. Riotto received the Daniel S. Dwyer Fellowship Stop DWI Award, established in 2001 and awarded to a law student to assist in the prosecution of DWI cases. The fellowship recipient must have achieved superior academic standing and have demonstrated an interest in criminal law. As a Rochester DWI attorney, he is able to utilize the experience he gained in that role.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    4 years


Payment types:

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Contact info

The Law Office of James L. Riotto II

30 West Broad Street
Suite 306
Rochester, NY, 14614


NYCurrently registered 201103/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Office of James L. Riotto2011 - Present
Legal InternNew York State Attorney General's Office2007 - 2008
TrooperNew York State Police2000 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Monroe County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
New York State Defenders AssociationMember2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Matter of Parker v. Randall, 120 AD3d 946 (4th Dept 2014)Unanimous Reversal
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Publication nameTitleDate
BlogTraffic Violations Bureau2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
State University of New York, College at CortlandPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monroe County Public Defender's OfficeStandardized Field Sobriety Testing2013
DWIStandardized Field Sobriety Testing2012