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Kerry I. Rafanelli

Divorce and separation Attorney at East Greenwich, RI

5.0   54 reviews

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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

Licensed for 39 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 09/28/2018
State RI
Status Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 01/13/2023

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Kerry I. Rafanelli
670 Main Street
Suite C4
East Greenwich, RI, 02818

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Posted by Lisa | August 3, 2022
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Lisa F.
I used Kerry for my recent divorce. He was very patient with me and all of my questions. I would highly recommend him!
Posted by Aaron | September 2, 2021
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Amazing experience
Working with Kerry was amazing. He really cares about his clients and is honest and up front about everything. He always gets back to you promptly, which was very impressive. He has great knowledge and experience of the family court system and I am glad that chose him. Thank you Kerry and everyone at Rafanelli Law.
Posted by melissa | April 10, 2021
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Thumbs up
Kerry crossed all the t's, dotted all the i's. Everything I needed to accomplish in this divorce was accomplished. I sleep easy. I look forward to Kerry handling all my future divorces.
Posted by Pamela | November 16, 2018
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Excellent Representation
Kerry Rafanelli did a fabulous job for me. He handled my complicated and difficult situation with the utmost professionalism and compassion. I felt very confident with Kerry representing me, and highly recommend Kerry Rafanelli.
Posted by Jimmy | February 28, 2018
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Jim
From the moment I sat down with Kerry he made me feel at ease. Divorce is not a pleasant experience, but right from the beginning Kerry was able to explain the process and inform me of how it would all play out. He was with me every step of the way and took my calls and texts in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Kerry to anyone going through this process.
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Posted by Joseph | May 26, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer
Kerry's knowledge of the law and court room presence is second to none. After being put in a very difficult situation I am glad that I had Kerry on my side. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of representation.
Posted by Mary | April 10, 2017
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Fast, smart and caring
I hired Kerry in April, 2016 to handle my divorce. After meeting with him, I was immediately put at ease that he knew what he was doing, was fair-minded and well-grounded, and I could count on him for good counsel in dissolving a very long term marriage. He was respectful of both me and my then husband. Most importantly, he was a rational voice in a highly emotional situation and kept me (and actually both of us) focused on the important matters. He and his office staff were very efficient.
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Posted by John | March 21, 2017
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Very satisfied with my divorce case.
Very satisfied with my divorce case. Kerrie represented my interests very well, and I'm very satisfied with my divorce settlement. He's not inexpensive, but well worth it in the long run.
Posted by Pam | March 17, 2017
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Divorce
I certainly would recommend Kerry Rafanelli to anyone who needs an excellent divorce lawyer. He gets right to the point, covers all the bases (even those you didn't know you needed to cover) and you just know he has your back all the way. He knew what he was doing in court and I feel very fortunate that I had him representing me in my divorce.
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Posted by Suzanne | March 12, 2017
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Divorce Representation
On the day I met with Kerry Rafanelli regarding legal representation for my divorce, I was put at ease by his professionalism and compassion as I explained my personal situation. He listened, asked all the right questions and immediately planned to do what was best for the future of my children and myself. Kerry explained the divorce process to me step-by-step and answered every question I had until I was satisfied. He is straight forward with his legal fees and there were no surprises as far as additional fees. On the day of court Kerry was well prepared and guided me through the proceedings smoothly. He said he would get me through it... and he delivered. In my opinion, Kerry's invaluable legal experience and exceptional personality make him by far an attorney you want representing you!
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Posted by Robin | January 6, 2017
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The BEST
I would highly recommend Kerri to anyone needing legal representation and advice! He is the BEST! Kerry is compassionate, very outgoing and personable, and extremely knowledgeable in what he does. He was able to put me at ease during a very emotional and stressful time. Kerry is very experienced and he is very well respected by his peers and in the courtroom. I would also like to add that his assistant, Jenni , is great to work with and was always very helpful if I had any questions ! Thank you so much, Kerry, for being by my side and getting me thru this difficult time!
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Posted by Jim | December 19, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer!
Kerry Rafanelli is a gifted lawyer who I have had the distinct privilege of representing myself. Kerry posesses compassion, solid advise, and guidance in every step of the journey. I am extremely happy with having Kerry Rafanelli as my lawyer.
Posted by Susan | September 5, 2016
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Would recommend to anyone
I needed some help on child support issues and Kerry was so very helpful to both me and my former spouse. He went straight to the heart of the matter and ignored all the background noise. He was friendly, capable and patient. I'm so glad he could help me resolve my situation quickly and easily.
Posted by Charles | September 2, 2016
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Great Lawyer
Great lawyer. Kerry helped me with amending child support payments. Kerry is very personable, down to earth and great at what he does; does not leave any stone unturned. Resolved the issues very quickly and favorably.
Posted by James | June 20, 2016
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great lawyer
I hired Kerri to help with my divorce. He was helpful, friendly, and extremely understanding. His paralegal Jenni was also extremely prompt and helpful. They made a difficult situation go very smoothly. I would recommend Kerri to anyone needing legal help!
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2016
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Excellent Divorce Attorney
I recently used Kerry for the divorce of my husband of 11 years. I walked in to his office one January evening completely afraid of what my future may hold and left with hope. Being a full time working mother of five children, I had a lot of questions and emotional ups and downs. Kerry was strong for me throughout this roller coaster ride. From the very beginning, he believed in me and empowered me to press on. With his knowledge of the law, integrity and hard work I was able to get through the arduous divorce process and land on my feet, in a place that kept the interest of my children and their futures in mind. I have one word for Kerry as an attorney. Amazing. My case was contested and complex at best and when push came to shove, he navigated every last finite detail such that my children and me would be okay. I would highly recommend Kerry as an attorney. I could of never made it to the other side without him.
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Posted by Christine | May 24, 2016
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Divorce was handled effectively and efficiently - job well done!
Attorney Kerry Rafanelli was referred to me by another attorney. He listened to all my concerns and lead me to an efficient dissolution of my marriage. Many thanks to you and your team!
Posted by Jill | February 14, 2016
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Very pleased
I was very pleased with the legal representation and advice that I received from Attorney Rafanelli for my divorce. He was able to help me resolve a difficult situation quickly, and to my satisfaction. I am very grateful and I highly recommend him and his firm.
Posted by Dave | February 12, 2016
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Great attorney
We used Kerry to handle a juvenile case. He was very helpful and steered us through the legal world. Everything worked out as we had hoped.
Posted by Kim | February 5, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
Thanks to Kerry, my divorce proceedings went quickly and smoothly. He made a difficult situation much easier to deal with. He is compassionate, experienced, knowledgeable, and personable. He answered all my questions thoroughly and always responded to me promptly. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a divorce lawyer. Thank you!
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Certified Divorce Mediator
  • Roger Williams University
  • 1995 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Private Law Practice
  • 1989 - Present
  • Partner
  • Rafanelli and Rafanelli
  • 1988 - Present
  • Assistant City Solicitor
  • City of Warwick
  • 1988 - Present
  • Associate
  • Dworkin and Brady
  • 1985 - 1988
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Education

  • New England School of Law
  • 1983
  • Providence College
  • 1980

Associations

  • Rhode Island Board of Education
  • Council Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Whitmarsh School For Boys
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Frybrook Condominium Association
  • Director
  • 2011 - Present
  • Guardian Ad Litem Court Appointed Panel
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Bonnet Shores Beach Club Board
  • Board Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Edward P. Gallogly Rhode Island Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Rhode Island Family Court Divorce Mediation Panel
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Kent County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AD Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AD Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Lawyers.com
  • 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AD Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Kent County Lawyer of The Year
  • Kent County Bar Association
  • 1999
  • Sworn In
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 1989
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (7)
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Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. My first experience with Attorney Rafanelli was as opposing counsel when I was a Special Assistant Attorney General. Attorney Rafanelli fought tremendously hard for his client - memorably so! I have been so impressed with Attorney Rafanelli over the years that when I wanted an outstanding attorney to represent my future wife in an important matter, I chose Attorney Rafanelli."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kerry is a straight shooter and a very good lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the hardest working attorney in RI! Kerry is such a good attorney he has been nominated to be a judge. His representation is second to none. A very competent attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kerry has the experience to help his clients reach their goals in family court. Even better, he can do divorce mediation so that divorcing partners don't have to spend a fortune on legal fees and engage in a potentially destructive court proceedings. However, if your spouse is not reasonable and your rights are being trampled Attorney Rafanelli is an Attorney you want in your corner. He knows the law inside and out and has a deep knowledge of the RI Family Courts and how to best position issues so his clients can be successful."
Family Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Rafanelli for many years. Not only is he one of the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys in the field of Family Law, but he is honest and ethical. He vigorously represents his clients, but is reasonable and is always receptive to an amicable resolution. I would not be surprised if Mr. Rafanelli is one day appointed as a judge."
Family Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Kerry for his practice in family law, including divorce and child custody matters. He is excellent at what he does, advocating for his clients professionally and tirelessly in order to achieve the results which they seek. Doing so has earned him the respect of his peers, courts, and clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Outstanding Lawyer. Knows the law like the back of his hand and is a superb advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kerry and his staff are very professional and prepared for all court hearings. I received all pleadings in a timely manner. Working with his office made it easy to move our case in the right direction. After several long meetings, we were able to put our legal minds together and reach an amicable resolution to a very difficult divorce case. It is refreshing to see other attorney take pride in his work."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"His skill and experience in family court matters is priceless."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
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East Greenwich Divorce and separation Lawyer Kerry I. Rafanelli
Kerry I. Rafanelli
Divorce and separation Attorney
East Greenwich, RI
Licensed for 39 years