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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


Contact info

670 Main Street
Suite C4
East Greenwich, RI, 02818

Practice areas


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


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher J. Zangari

    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.


    Christopher Zangari Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John S. Simonian

    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.


    John Simonian Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


RIAuthorized to practice law198307/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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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