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Richard A. Sinapi

Employment and labor Attorney at Warwick, RI

4.9   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 1 year
    Rhode Island - RI 39 years
  • Licensed for 1 year
    State MA
    Acquired 2021
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State RI
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Richard A. Sinapi is the principal and managing attorney of Sinapi Law Associates, Ltd. His primary areas of practice are governmental affairs and employment law, including discrimination and harassment claims, leave act claims, unemployment benefits claims, minimum wage and overtime claims, and workers' compensation, as well as civil rights, municipal law, real estate, and personal injury. He has over thirty (30) years of experience in the general practice of law, including general civil litigation and real estate law, including both trial and appellate work as well as corporate and commercial law advice, representation, document preparation and transaction closings. The scope of his legal experience includes products liability, medical malpractice, family law, banking, zoning and land use, probate law, school law, creditor bankruptcy, business organization, construction law, contract and insurance law, banking law, foreclosures and collections, fair housing, landlord/tenant, tax assessment appeals, tax sales, restrictive covenants, and uninsured motorist claims.

His career as a legislative, executive, and administrative lobbyist spans three decades. He has co-drafted and successfully lobbied for the passage of numerous pieces of legislation as well as revised agency regulations on behalf of Governmental Affairs clients. The diverse clients he has served include the local chapter of the ACLU, a home inspector’s association, and numerous construction industry trades, companies and associations. He was listed as one of the top construction industry and trades lobbyist by Go Local Prov. (#7 Construction Industry and Building Trades Unions).

He was previously an adjunct professor at Bryant University in the Department of History/Social Sciences, where he taught classes in Legal Environment of Business and Civil Rights and Liberties. He also previously taught a class in Evidence as an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University. Mr. Sinapi is a suma cum laude graduate of Colby College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Rhode Island Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee; Workers' Compensation Bench/Bar Committee, American Bar Association, Rhode Island Bar Association, American Association of Justice, and the Rhode Island Association of Justice. He is also a cooperating attorney with the RIACLU and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation.

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Richard A. Sinapi
2374 Post Rd Ste 201
Warwick, RI, 02886-2270


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  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Michael DiPaola | February 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
1000000% Satisfied, went above and beyond!
Sinapi Law went above and beyond in protecting my rights. Couldn't be happier with outcome! KNEW THE LAW AND PROVED IT WITH A FAVORABLE DECISION VS. TOWN OF PORTSMOURH!!! Highly recommended!!!!!
Posted by Pete P. | May 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Efficient and CARES
I had a long standing issue with unemployment here in RI and my back was really against the wall and nary a hand from anyone due to the deluge of UE cases the state is handling. I finally resorted to contacting an attorney. I was at my wit's end and dispirited as was my wife. Worried indeed. I mention my circumstances to him but even then I'm doubting anything will do it but a full on lawsuit. Well he listened, giving me all the room I needed to explain, grief included. He never cut me off! Then with the calm of a skilled professional he mentioned a few points to consider and as much some solutions that may be available. He told me he'd look into it and thanked for his time awaiting a call later on. Folks, he fully resolved this. I don't know what, how or whichever but there I was an hour later having this problem ironed out with another person on the phone correcting the log jam that to that point was immovable. Now, flashback to just prior to my call to Sinapi and the other attorneys I had called first. Apparently I am supposed to wait until tomorrow for call back. Who's got time for that. Attorney Richard Sinapi slam dunked it and moreover really LISTENED to my circumstances before acting. I knew he understood me. Oh the other attorneys and their tomorrow call backs? Now I can laugh at that notion. I found my lawyer. And it's simple, the guy just gives a damn and he's easily accessible. Thanks so much Rich!
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Posted by Ian | April 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great representation! Highly recommend services.
Richard represented me in a workers comp case. He came recommended by my brother who is also a lawyer. He answered all questions and concerns professionally and clearly. His secretary Laurie was also a pleasure to work with. Richard settled my case quicker than we’d planned and significantly sooner than any timeframe others had quoted. Actually received a lot more compensation than was expected. Overall exceptional professionalism and pleasant experience, highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immediate Response
I called Mr. Sinapi on a Friday to discuss an urgent matter. It was after hours but he called me back within an hour. He scheduled me an appointment for the following Monday with Joshua Xavier who did an outstanding job with my case.
Posted by Livia | October 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Although if it was my first time in this situation Joshua Xavier made me feel very comfortable to discuss the situation and help solve the problem. Big thumbs up thank you
Posted by Anthony | March 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Was willing to stand up for my rights
Was willing to stand up for my rights with the only prospect of financial gain for him being years down the line. Unfortunately harder than it should be to find an attorney willing to do the same.
Response from Richard Sinapi June 2, 2016
We strive to stand out from other firms and serve the community. We're proud to see you feel we have accomplished that for you
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Advised against action
We talked through the circumstances of my termination and he was willing to represent me moving forward but we decided it was not a strong enough case
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President & CEO
  • One Stop Advantage
  • 2005 - Present
  • Government Relations Specialist
  • Harrisville Fire District
  • 1988 - Present
  • Principal Attorney & Managing Partner
  • Sinapi Law Associates, LTD.
  • 1986 - Present
  • Cooperating Attorney
  • Rhode Island ACLU
  • 1983 - Present
  • Government Relations Specialist
  • Ironworkers, Local 37
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Government Relations Specialist
  • Associated General Contractors of Rhode Island
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Government Relations Specialist
  • Rhode Island ACLU
  • 2000 - 2003
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  • Harvard Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Colby College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Legal Cases

  • Reilly v. City of Providence ex rel. Napolitano
  • Consent Judgment
  • Matson v. Town of North Kingstown
  • Consent Judgment


  • Rhode Island State Bar House of Delegates
  • Delegate
  • 2012 - Present
  • Greater Warwick Lions
  • Membership Chair
  • 2011 - Present
  • RIAJ
  • Board of Governors
  • 2010 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • 1983 - Present
  • Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1983 - Present
  • Rhode Island ACLU
  • Cooperating Attorney
  • 1983 - Present
  • Rhode Island State Bar House of Delegates
  • Delegate
  • 2000 - 2009
  • Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee
  • Chairperson
  • 1998 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • William G. McLoughlin First Amendment Award
  • Rhode Island ACLU
  • 2010


  • Kent County Daily Times
  • They Don't Still Burn Witches, Do They?
  • 1991
  • Rhode Island Bar Journal
  • The Use of Interrogatories in Rhode Island after Eleazer v. Ted Reed Thermal
  • 1990
  • Second Opinion Home Inspection, Inc.
  • Broker Liability: When is 'Puffing' Misrepresentation and Non-Disclosure ‘Negative Fraud’
  • 1987
  • Second Opinion Home Inspection, Inc.
  • Avoiding Broker Liability: Enter the Independent Home Inspector
  • 1987
  • Harvard Law School Newspaper
  • Four part series on Criminal Justice titled "In the Boston Municipal Court..."
  • 1983
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Speaking Engagements

  • Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • TDI/TCI: The Basics
  • 2016
  • RIACLU Public Access Program
  • Rhode Island General Assembly—2003 Legislative Session
  • 2003
  • RIACLU Public Access Program
  • First Amendment
  • 2000
  • RIACLU Public Access Program
  • Supreme Court Wrap-up 1999-2000 term
  • 2000
  • Ethics in Discovery
  • Ethics
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Richard
Unknown Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure to know Attorney Sinapi during my time working for his firm, as well as opposing him on cases during my practice. Attorney Sinapi will work tirelessly on your case. He only accepts cases that he is passionate about and will relentlessly advocate for you. I have referred, and will continue to refer, people to Attorney Sinapi without hesitation."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is a focused and driven attorney that cares greatly about individual civil rights, equality, and fairness. I have only great things to say about his work and his entire law firm."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sinapi is a top-notch, experienced attorney with broad general knowledge. He excels in litigation in employment law, as well as wage and hour law. Notably he is also an experienced lobbyist in the RI general assembly, especially for the construction industry."
Employment and labor
Warwick Employment and labor Lawyer Richard A. Sinapi
Richard A. Sinapi
Employment and labor Attorney
Warwick, RI
Licensed for 39 years
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