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John L Calcagni III

Criminal defense Attorney at Providence, RI

5.0   14 reviews

Licensed for 19 years

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Our firm provides honest, aggressive and expert criminal defense representation to individuals charged with crimes in state, federal and military courts. We prepare each and every case as if it were going to trial. Because of our approach, many cases are dismissed or resolved before trial. We enjoy a very high success rate for our clients in all types of misdemeanor, felony and court-martial cases.

    19 years

  2. Federal crime
    15%

  3. Sex crime
    15%

  4. Domestic violence
    10%

  5. Violent crime
    10%

Attorney Calcagni is a highly skilled, aggressive and experienced criminal defense trial attorney. He is a former military prosecutor in the U.S. Army JAG Corps where he prosecuted hundreds of complex felony cases in the United States and abroad.  Attorney Calcagni also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with U.S. Attorney's Office in New York.  As a prosecutor, Attorney Calcagni never lost a single case.  He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Florida, as well as the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, U.S.Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Attorney Calcagni prosecuted hundreds of crimes involving the possession, trafficking, and distribution of controlled substances and illegal drugs; simple and domestic assault; assault with deadly weapons; gang-related assault; manslaughter; murder; attempted murder; possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography; solicitation of minors; child abuse; rape; sexual assault; statutory rape; child molestation; weapons-related charges; firearms charges; burglary; breaking and entering; possession of bomb-making materials; terrorism-related offenses; fraud; identity fraud; larceny; destruction of property; financial crimes; traffic violations; driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; trespassing; conspiracy; and attempt-related offenses.

He now uses the extensive pretrial investigation, litigation and trial skills he acquired as federal prosecutor to represent his clients in criminal defense matters in state, federal and military courts on a world-wide basis.

 

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Licensed for 19 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2005
Updated 07/09/2022
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/27/2022
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 09/19/2022
State RI
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/15/2022
State FL
Status Inactive
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Law Office of John L. Calcagni, III
Law Office of John L. Calcagni, III
628 Pleasant Street
Unit 322
New Bedford, MA, 02740
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Posted by Chanty | November 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever!!!
Calcagni is the best lawyer in the state. When I researched Calcagni prior to the consultation I was super impressed with his case results and his extensive preparation that make him stand out from the rest. When I made my consultation with him I felt he was the right lawyer to handle my case. He took a great weight of anxiety off my shoulders and my trust was always in him without a doubt. He listened to everything I had to say and believed in me. He always answered my questions and was attentive to the details of my case. He always gave me a follow-up letter of what was happening so I was always informed. Being so young and being accused of very serious charges can be terrifying but with Calcagni by my side I was able to be sure that everything was going to be alright. Angels are not the ones with wings. Calcagni was an angel that God sent into my life to fight with me in this battle in which we were victorious. Now I still have a future ahead of me and the opportunity to become an American citizen in a few years. I have no words to thank you because more than a lawyer you were an excellent person who always had advice to give me. You saved my future and my life for that I will be eternally grateful. Lawyer leah sinclair was also very nice to me and answered all my questions just like calcani always did whenever I had a question. Thank you for everything and I will always carry you in my mind and heart, not only are you an excellent lawyer but also an amazing person. God bless this wonderful law firm!!!
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Posted by Sandra | January 25, 2022
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Very Professional/Best Attorney
I was glad that I hired John to represent me on this legal matter. . Once I talked to John and explained my case, all I had to do was sign the necessary paperwork and after that I didn’t have to do anything. John was able to handle my case long distance (I live in Florida) and close my case. I’m very grateful to John and all his legal team.
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Posted by Brian | January 12, 2021
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Best Lawyer in Rhode Island
Let me start off by saying that John is a great powerful attorney. He has the communication skills to win cases, he is firm with the prosecutors and doesn’t take no for an answer. John win my case although it was stressful for me since this was new to me but John guided me through the court process and with great results. If you hire John you will not be disappointed. Thank you very much!!!
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Posted by Mike | December 3, 2020
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Results not excuses
John got a serious felon charged plead down to nothing. He listened to what I said happened and used that to get a good plea deal. He bailed me out of jail on another charge and loaned me money to get home. He was trust worthy and never lied to me unlike some other lawyers.
Posted by Rich | April 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer!!!
Most people joke about how much they hate lawyers and I am one of those people. Sometimes in life though things happen where only a good lawyer can help. John was one of the three lawyers I decided to “interview” to handle my case and I immediately felt that he was the right lawyer for the job. He had me doing homework for my case before he received the signed agreement and my check. I believe his prompt action and the thorough groundwork he laid for my case were the reason my case was closed before I was even charged with anything. The most important thing he did for me, beside the legal work, was reassuring my wife that everything was going to be ok and not to worry. After she met John in person, her worry level dropped dramatically. (mine too for that matter) I highly recommend John if for any reason you find yourself in need of an outstanding criminal defense lawyer. If you call 911 you expect to get emergency treatment and calling John is like that. He doesn’t leave you hanging and works your case like it’s an emergency! He’s also a very nice person with a good sense of humor, just don’t offer to buy him a Dunkin coffee…you can ask him why not when you hire him.
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Posted by Ann | July 31, 2019
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A top shelf lawyer and a top shelf person.
John helped us out with a case my husband was involved in and he achieved very positive results for us. He is an amazing lawyer and we are grateful to him. He is highly intelligent, he always explained things to us clearly and calmly, and he is a kind and caring person. We could not recommend a better lawyer.
Posted by Anthony | April 9, 2019
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Best lawyer
John is the best of the best!! I am grateful for all he done for me and my case!! Recommend everyone to hire John to handle your case. John will get the favorable result for your case!!
Posted by Ken | October 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEAST!
It was a Sunday morning and my world was crashing down. I had an argument with my wife and her emotions were running high. I was getting ready for work when she left the house, called the police and reported things that were not exactly accurate. I have a criminal record and although my crimes were more than 20 years ago, the police jumped on this opportunity for a feather in their cap. When my wife saw the eagerness of the police, who arrived 4 patrol cars strong, she immediately realized what was happening. I had already left for work but I had an immediate warrant out for my arrest issued and faced a list of criminal charges. My wife and I went from a ridiculous argument to both of us fighting for my freedom, my job, and all the other things we take for granted in our lives. By the grace of God, a google search for an attorney turned up John Calcagni. He called us immediately and met us that day, ON A SUNDAY! From the moment we shook hands I was relaxed. He was attentive, intelligent and had this under control in minutes. The best description I have is, John commands a situation. He commands a court room. His knowledge, confidence and presence capture the attention of everyone around him. Everything about John is bad ass. From his personality, which was awesome, to his intelligence which was amazing. Even his suits are bad ass! The end result was a complete dismissal of all charges. Although I hope to never need an attorney again, John's card is in my wallet, in my car, in my motorcycle storage bag. Hell, I may even add to my tattoos and have it on my arm. Unfortunately, I've needed a lot of attorneys throughout my life I can honestly say John is leagues above any I've ever had. I trust John with my life.
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Posted by Carieann | October 4, 2018
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Honestly astounding
Attorney John Calcagni... thats just his name. We all know most times when seaeching for an attorney it can be overwhelming. In our situation we were going to find the best. Mr Calcagni came highly recommended. I am a mother of a young man accused of a crime. Meeting Mr Calcagni initially, my impression was a man of integrity, professional stature and a true desire and passion to help us immediately. Our faith was quickly instilled in him , easily attributed to the plan and knoweldege in the criminal defense system. Two and a half years , Mr Calcagni and his team worked tirelessly to gather facts and create the best defense for my son. The process was long and many obstacles faced us. Mr. Calcagni never waivered. The trial had come and no words can describe the sheer determination backed by knowledge, experience and the hunger to have the truth prevail. My son was found not guilty on two felony charges. NOT GUILTY on two counts!!! A true gentlman... A veteran A PROFESSIONAL A hero forever The very best and i highly recommend Attorney Calcagni to anyone that needs legal representation. Thank you John for saving our boy. Without you he wouldnt be with us as we write these words.
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Posted by Michelle | August 8, 2018
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The BEST of the best!!!
Mr. Calcagni is an absolute LIFE SAVER!!! He is genuinely one of the most intelligent people I have ever met in my life! He masterfully saved my husband's naval career TWICE when we thought all hope was lost. My husband and I are forever in his debt and there is not enough we could do or say to show our gratitude. He has a big heart and he fought hard for our family. We would recommend him a thousand times over!!!!
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Posted by Jose | May 19, 2018
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Best and professional lawyer ever.
Absolutely one of the finest lawyer i have ever met. very professional very well spoken and the best part of it. He doesn't just approach to you as a lawyer but also as a friend or even family that cares about what you going through. And i personally think that's what makes him a fine lawyer because he treats you like family and does everything in his power and knowledge to help you. Thanks John who knows what would it hapeen to me if wouldn't have you as my lawyer. I probably would it be watchinh through a small windowd in 6 by 8 feet room for a very long time. Thank you again and god bless you.
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Posted by Ryan | July 21, 2017
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Awesome
John is very nice, professional, and very involved. I felt my case was being handled by someone who was not only very knowledgeable, but trustworthy as well. If I ever need a lawyer again (hopefully I won't!), I absolutely know who to contact.
Posted by Darren | June 1, 2017
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Testimonial
I was referred to the Law Office of Calcagni to seek assistance with my case. I consulted with John about the case against me and he provided me with excellent pieces of information and assistance during the investigation process. He kept in contact with me via email and phone calls, even when I was out to sea, me being on a submarine, and he also updated my spouse in the progress of the investigation. He kept me updated with the case progress and helped me saved my career in the U.S. Navy. With his outstanding guidance, my case was dropped and I was not taken to courts martial. I am thankful for his service.
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Posted by Timothy | September 3, 2014
Knowledgeable and resonsive
In response to an issue a cadet had at the USMA, John Calcagni responded immediately to our request for support, even on a holiday weekend. He quickly and accurately assessed the situation after consulting with the cadet. His understanding of military law and the rulings and system at USMA helped resolve the situation very quickly. He also gave the cadet needed support in the situation. We highly recommend JC Calcagni for his conscientious attention and his knowledge of military law and rulings.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President and Owner
  • Law Office of John L. Calcagni, III
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Vincent D. Morgera, Ltd.
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Trial Counsel
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • 2004 - 2008

Education

  • Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Bryant College
  • Undergraduate
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Drug Trafficking in Over 200 Grams of Cocaine and Possession of a Stun Gun
  • Dismissed

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2009 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2009 - Present
  • Justinian Law Society
  • 2009 - Present
  • Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • 2008 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Rhode Island State Bar
  • 2003 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top DUI Defense Attorney in RI
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • RI Superlawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2020
  • Member in Criminal Law
  • National Alliance of Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Excellence in Criminal Defense Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • 2020 Elite Advocate in Criminal Law
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney in RI
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • Criminal Law Top 100
  • American Academy of Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Excellence in Criminal Defense Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney in RI
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2019
  • Litigator of the Year
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 10 Best in Rhode Island
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys Under 40 in RI
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Criminal Law Attorney for Rhode Island
  • American Justice Institute
  • 2019
  • Lifetime Charter Member
  • Distinguished Justice Advocates
  • 2019
  • RI SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Member
  • Power Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys in Rhode Island
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 10% In USA Award
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys in RI
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2018
  • RI SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best in RI for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Services
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys in Rhode Island
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in RI
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • SuperLawyer in Rhode Island
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • SuperLawyer in Rhode Island
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2016
  • SuperLawyer in Rhode Island
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Premier 100 Trial Attorney
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • SuperLawyer in Rhode Island
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Superlawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Rhode Island Bar Journal
  • CONTESTING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF RESTRICTING CRIMINAL DEFENDANT OPENING STATEMENTS
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (2)
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with pleasure that I recommend and endorse Attorney Calcagni to anyone who wants a superb and caring attorney. John is hard working and enthusiastic in his mission to attain the best possible results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. He is highly regarded in his field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Friend
"John is an exceptional trial attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients. I have had the opportunity to sit in on a trial where John was defending his client from conspiracy charges in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He exemplified professionalism and his poise in court allowed him to advocate for his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have recently began working for John Calcagni and I have learned an unbelievable amount about the practice of criminal law in a short period of time. John is one of the most distinguished lawyers in the New England region and his expertise has made its way down the east coast. He is one of the most passionate and experienced lawyers on the market and puts in the time to manufacture a positive outcome for each case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I first met John when we working on a project together for the RI Association for Justice. John is a natural leader who listens to others and works well with people. He is committed to helping people and is willing to give his time and energy to do so."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Calcagni III is a respected practitioner in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Attorney Calcagni in a variety of criminal defense cases. Without a doubt, his work ethic, drive, competence, and genuine concern for his client's best interest put him at the top of his class."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John works relentlessly for his clients, whether in military or civilian cases, court-appointed or privately retained. He does not stop until he has done everything he can for each client. Recently, he was recognized as one of Rhode Island's "Rising Stars" in criminal defense by SuperLawyers.com, which was well deserved. If John were representing me, I would have the utmost confidence that my attorney was doing everything in his power to get me the best result possible."
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