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Brenda F. Rioles

Divorce and separation Attorney at Providence, RI

4.6   17 reviews

Licensed for 36 years

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Brenda F. Rioles, founding attorney of Rioles Law Offices in Providence, has practiced law since 1986. She has focused on divorce and family law matters throughout her entire career. Her extensive knowledge, combined with more than 35 years of experience and her ability to think on her feet allow her to successfully advocate for her clients in a variety of situations.

Ms. Rioles is an accomplished and aggressive litigator who prepares every case as if it will go to trial, an approach that more often than not allows her to reach a full and fair resolution for her clients through negotiations.

A graduate of New England School of Law (summa cum laude), Ms. Rioles emphasizes communication with her clients, returning phone calls and emails promptly. She helps her clients assess the short-term and long-term ramifications of every decision.

Ms. Rioles has assisted her family law clients in other legal areas as well, including criminal matters, personal injury cases, and the creation of wills and trusts for estate planning purposes.

She works with clients throughout Rhode Island and is also licensed to practice in California. Ms. Rioles has lectured on family law topics for the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Edward P. Gallogly American Inn of Court, and she wrote a chapter in the book “A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island.”

She is a member and fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Rhode Island Family Court Bench/Bar and the Edward P. Gallogly American Inn of Court. She also served on the executive board for 20 years and is former president of the Edward P. Gallogly American Inn of Court.

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Licensed for 36 years
State RI
Status Active
Acquired 1986
Updated 11/15/2022

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

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4.6 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2022
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Wonderful
Brenda will walk you through your situation from start to finish and explain everything in detail along the way. Herself and her team make difficult situations easier to handle.
Posted by Tammy | February 8, 2022
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Great experience during a tough time
Brenda and her assistant Olivia were a pleasure to work with. My situation was unique and Brenda was professional, supportive and understanding to my needs and wants; including those of my family. She made all feel very comfortable, was knowledgeable and was judgment free while giving me guidance and options. I always knew what to expect. She was quick at responding to any of my questions. I appreciated my experience with the Rioles Law Offices very much. Would 100% refer to a friend.
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Posted by JJackson | February 6, 2022
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A force to be reckoned with. Hire her!
I hired Brenda for my divorce after she was highly recommended to me by a lifelong friend. This review has been a long time coming, the opposing party just wanted to drag things out, Brenda and her staff worked extremely hard to have this case finished and come up with an extremely favorable outcome. Amazing is what I can say about Brenda, she is an excellent communicator, incredibly brilliant, savvy, experienced, tough and prepared. Her calm, professional and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most during a most difficult divorce. Brenda has the mental toughness to get the job done, she impressed me at every turn.I could literally see that the court had confidence in how she practiced her profession. In closing, Brends is “A force to be reckoned with”, I was fortunate to have her on my team. My ex needed a second attorney just to keep up! It was a battle, but I am very happy with the results. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2022
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Stress free
Brenda was very caring and made my divorce as easy as possible. Kept me up to date on everything. Anytime I had questions she was able to get back to me in a timely matter. Made a stressful situation easier. Would def recommend.
Posted by Candace | January 27, 2022
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Custody battle
I hired Brenda after false allegations were made about me and my family, and we were bombarded by state police and DCYF. Brenda never failed to come through. She dug deep to find the truth and clear my name from the slander. She fought for me, my husband, and my family and the truth prevailed. We couldn’t have done this without her!
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Posted by Joseph | January 26, 2022
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Amazing
What a wonderful experience, friendly professional and a beautiful office and location.
Posted by Lora | October 5, 2020
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This is the one !
I hired Brenda for my case . Don’t waste your time looking around . If you want the best for your kids .. she will take you in the right direction. My divorce is extremely messy and never ending .. I will be retaining her again because my ex is relentless !
Posted by Ned | April 16, 2020
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Rioles Law review
Brenda and her team have helped me twice in my custody situation with my daughter. They where beyond excellent on both occasions. When I married my wife, the mother of my first child (never married) decided to take me to court. I walked away with a fair court order that provided me with more time with my daughter than I had previously. 3 years later when my daughter's mother violated that court order Rioles Law was called upon again and things where set right. These experiences are stressful, Brenda and her team are thorough and on point. When questions come up they reply expediently and explain things in language that a person like me (who has no legal training) can understand. I have recommended them in the past and would certainly do it again.
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Posted by Shannon | January 22, 2020
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Best Lawyer in RI
I hired Brenda for a very contested divorce after hiring two previous attorneys with no success. Brenda handled the case with ease. I have never met a more professional, understanding, knowledgeable and experienced attorney. She got me everything I wanted and more. She truly is the best attorney in R.I.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2018
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Excellent
Brenda was very knowledgeable and successful in the handling of my divorce, child custody/support, distribution of assets and unexpected issues that happened along the way. I'm confident that her experience in all areas of divorce gave me the best outcome possible for my situation.
Posted by Michael | December 2, 2018
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None
I had to hire Brenda to handle my divorce. Brenda handled it professionally and caring at the same time. Any time I had a question, Brenda was there to give me an answer! My sister had used Brenda for her divorce and recommended Brenda to me. I would recommend Brenda to anyone who needs legal consultation. Brenda truly cares about her clients!
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Posted by Darlene | March 10, 2018
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Happy client
I hired Brenda for my divorce, which was kind of complicated, after having two previous attorneys on the case. She stayed on top of everything and finally got me divorced. I was also very happy with my settlement. Whenever I called or emailed her, she always responded in a very timely manner. I was very pleased with her services and would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2018
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Difficult Case, Resolved Quickly
Brenda adeptly advised me on how to avoid the pitfalls of a long litigation battle and instead we promptly settled my child custody case. An aggressive attorney on the other side made this extremely difficult; he is known for dragging the parties through years of litigation, and that would have been to the detriment of everyone, including my child. Have a difficult family law case? I highly recommend you at least consult with and consider hiring Brenda.
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Posted by Pattie | October 9, 2017
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5 star review
I was very happy with Brenda’s services. She is very professional and took care of all my needs and have me the best advise. I highly recommend Brenda.
Posted by Donner | September 25, 2017
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Best Lawyer I could ever recommend
Brenda and her inside consultant Angel were there every step of the way for me. They communicated with me very effectively as they were representing me from out of state. They were able to tell me when I needed to be in Rhode Island and Brenda was able to get the case heard and completed in that 1 day. She was compassionate and sincere. I felt like an old friend was there for me even though we had only communicated by phone and email prior to the day in court. If I ever needed an attorney for anything back in Rhode Island there would be no doubt I would call her first.
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Posted by Jim | December 8, 2016
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Not the worst, but not the best
My child was taken out of my house illegally so I came to her on a good reference trusting she would be able to help me out. Her consultation was fine and I coughed the $4000 retainer up right away. The good - she successfully got me an emergency custody order from a judge and I was immediately able to get my child back within days of opening the case. When the defendant's lawyer came with accusations she also was able to argue my case in spite of taking facts on my story down wrong. She has a lot of experience, and knows the lawyers and judges well so she can argue a case with ease. The bad - While she knows family law like the back of her hand, she's a horrendous communicator with clients. She seemed to think I was lying to her and didn't seem very happy to defend me. When you're coming to a family lawyer knowing nothing, they should be prepared to guide you through the process better. She will tell you she's been doing this for over 30 years to try to instill confidence in you as a client and then will throw things out the window that should have been taken into consideration in the case (e.g. a recording of the defendant threatening me). I had to go to a family member who is a lawyer out of state for advice on how to talk to her, and had I not been privy to that advice I don't know if Brenda could have defended my case. My experience with her was that she was very unsympathetic and always tuned out. Overall I do not recommend Brenda for what I paid her. She did help my case get settled out of court but the credit for that goes more to the people in my life who rallied around me in a difficult time, she was just there collecting a paycheck. She gets a passing grade, but it's closer to a C than an A. If I have to return to family court I will take my chances with someone else.
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Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2022
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Divorce case
I hired Brenda to handle my divorce and the only advice I would give to whoever is thinking hire her, is to not expect empathy from her. After obtaining the retainer fee, I called her to ask her a question and she as if I was bothering her replied " you know this call will cost you extra money". Simply stated, don't expect her to be empathetic.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Rioles Law Offices
  • 1986 - Present

Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Rhode Island College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Guertin v Guertin 870 A.2d 1011 (2005)
  • upheld on appeal

Associations

  • Edward P. Gallogly American Inn of Court
  • President
  • 2017 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Family Court Bench/Bar Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1986 - Present
  • Rhode Island State Bar
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Edward P. Gallogly American Inn of Court
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Edward P. Gallogly American Inn of Court
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Edward P. Gallogly American Inn of Court
  • Executive Board
  • 1998 - 2014
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Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyers
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  • 2016
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  • 2015
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • New England School of Law
  • 1986
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Publications

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education New England
  • A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island "One Chapter"
  • 2009

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Providence Divorce and separation Lawyer Brenda F. Rioles
Brenda F. Rioles
Divorce and separation Attorney
Providence, RI
Licensed for 36 years