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Robert A Serafinowicz

Criminal defense Attorney at MIDDLEBURY, CT

4.8   29 reviews

also known as Rob Serafinowicz

  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2017

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017. See details

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    85%
    Concentration on major felonies at the trial court level.

    19 years

  2. Personal injury
    10%

    19 years

  3. Civil rights
    5%

Rob Serafinowicz is a criminal defense attorney who has represented hundreds of clients in a wide range of high profile criminal and civil cases.  His combative and outspoken demeanor have caused numerous adversaries to request “gag orders” in order to try and silence his outspoken nature.  His defense techniques have been the subject of articles in the New York Post, New York Daily News, Connecticut Post, Fox , and TMZ. 

 

Serafinowicz has extensive experience as a criminal defense attorney.  He was lead defense counsel on the largest Connecticut Corrupt Organization and Racketeering or “CORA” case ever tried to before a jury in the Fairfield Judicial District. He successfully litigated an action to prevent the government from seizing a citizen’s lawfully obtained, and possessed, fire arms in a situation where the state did not allege any criminal activity on his part.  Serafinowicz practices in both the state and federal courts and has represented clients accused of crimes in other jurisdictions via pro hac vice requests.  Serafinowicz has defended and been lead trial counsel on cases where his clients were accused of crimes ranging from manslaughter, to arson and attempted murder.  A primary focus area is the defense of allegations of sexual assault.  In 2007 Serafinowicz was defense counsel to one of multiple defendants in what was one of the largest drug seizures the State of Connecticut’s history.  This case arose from the New Haven Judicial District and involved the seizure of more than 500 pounds of marijuana within the Town of Woodbridge.

 

Serafinowicz represents clients in the civil arena as well.  Serafinowicz was Plaintiffs’ counsel in Zainc and Demers v. City of Waterbury Et Al., a federal civil rights action at the center of which was video footage taken by a cell phone.  Serafinowicz has represented, and continues to represent, police officers in matters related to their employment including termination proceedings and as plaintiffs in situations where their superiors have violated their constitutionally protected rights. 

 

Serafinowicz’s cases have been featured on WVIT 30, Fox 61, WTNH 8, WFSB 3, , and WCBS radio.  Coverage has appeared in the LA Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, New York Post, New Haven Register, Connecticut Post, Waterbury Republican American, Torrington Register Citizen, USA Today, TMZ and many others.

 

Serafinowicz began his career as a law student intern for famed Connecticut Attorney “Mickey” Sherman, who became his mentor and taught him at a young age what it takes to succeed in the realm of criminal defense.  Serafinowicz worked closely with Sherman, who was an ideal mentor, going out of his way to point out and teach him those lessons not found in law books.  This relationship offered Serafinowicz opportunities most have to wait years for, and allowed him the opportunity to view unique issues and situations “up close”.  This experience would be invaluable in the years to come as he dealt with similar situations on his own.  Serafinowicz then went on to the world renowned William Morris Agency’s Business and Legal Affairs Division where he became one of only two interns ever asked to continue on in the same capacity after their summer program had finished.  Serafinowicz returned to his home state of Connecticut where he began to work with close friend Mark Sherman, the son of his mentor.  The two worked in the area of Criminal Law and various civil matters and remain close to this day.  In 2005 Serafinowicz began employment with the New Haven Law Firm of John R. Williams and Associates.  While in the firm’s employ Serafinowicz focused on Criminal Defense and Federal Civil Rights Litigation.  Attorney Williams taught Serafinowicz, the most valuable lesson a lawyer can learn, to never be afraid to take a case to trial.  It was while employed there that Serafinowicz tried his first case before a jury, Kobus v. Lawrence Memorial Hospital.  Serafinowicz represented the plaintiff and obtained a monetary award for his client after the opposition refused to make any offer of settlement.  In the more than three years he spent with the firm Serafinowicz tried more than 25 cases, both civil and criminal, in state and federal court.  Serafinowicz obtained numerous acquittals for his clients, of both felony and misdemeanor charges, litigating cases involving issues of first impression such as In Re James Nardelli and cases involving such issues as whether or not an “air-soft” pistol qualifies as a “weapon” under Connecticut Law.  In 2009, seeking a new challenge, Serafinowicz started his own firm, The Law Offices of Rob Serafinowicz, LLC and has offices located throughout the state of Connecticut. 

 

            In May 2009 Serafinowicz secured an acquittal for a client charged with sexual assault in the first degree in the Ansonia Milford Judicial District.   Serafinowicz used a great deal of information obtained through the diligent work of his investigators from social networking websites such as “Facebook” and “Myspace” to impeach the credibility of person who had made the allegation.  Serafinowicz followed up by securing another acquittal for a client charged with the same offense in the Waterbury Judicial District just a few weeks later.  In March 2010 Serafinowicz secured an acquittal on behalf of his client Mustafa Salahuddin, a highly decorated Ansonia Police Officer who was accused of stealing a garden hose from within the department. The garden hose had been found in its original packaging before a criminal investigation was even commenced and the prosecution was nothing more than an attempt at payback on the part of his superiors within the department for Salahuddin’s standing up against numerous discriminatory departmental practices.  It took a jury only a few minutes to return a verdict in favor of his client.  The City of Ansonia then agreed to pay the entire cost of Salahuddin’s defense. 

 

In 2012 Serafinowicz began defending the Original WWE Diva and 2011 WWE Hall of Famer Tamara "Sunny" Sytch on charges pending in the New Haven Judicial District.  This case received national attention and was repeatedly covered by TMZ.

 

Rob is a 2001 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Cum Laude and a 2004 graduate of University of Connecticut School of Law.  He is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut, the Federal District of Connecticut and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  He has acted as a Judge for the Mock Trial Program at the University of Connecticut School of Law and New York Law School.  In 2009 the Ansonia Chapter of the Martin Luther King Brotherhood Committee honored him with their annual achievement award for his “profound sensitivity to individuals and injustice within the judicial system”.  The same year Serafinowicz also received Official Citations from both the Connecticut Office of the Secretary of State and Office of the Attorney General.

 

Serafinowicz has been named a "Super Lawyer' in 2011 and 2012 and was ranked as one of New England's top criminal defense attorneys in 2011 and 2012. He is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

 

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Location

Law Offices of Rob Serafinowicz, LLC
P.O. BOX 806
590 MIDDLEBURY ROAD
MIDDLEBURY, CT, 06762
The Law Offices of Rob Serafinowicz, LLC
29 Fifth Street
Stamford, CT, 06905
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
Posted by Mr. Golden | January 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best, for difficult times. Let me tell you.
Without getting into too much detail, federal felonies are very serious! Rob did his job no questions, upheld the law with no hesitation. His clear communication throughout the case gave me good understanding of what I was up against. If I was employing somebody these are the qualities that I’m looking for to finish the job.. Sincerely: Mr. Gold
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Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2015
Excellent
Rob is an excellent lawyer. He was very knowledgeable and really helped me when I was in a tough spot. My case ended up getting dismissed and I couldn't have asked for more than that! If I ever needed any type of legal advice, he would be the one I'd call.
Posted by Matt H | March 15, 2015
Great attorney
I was a client of Rob's twice. Both times Rob was highly professional, he kept me well informed and fought for me feverishly the whole way through. He's even become a family friend who I can confide in and call for advise from time to time when i need it. He's a great guy
Posted by Ava | March 13, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
Robert Serafinowicz is an excellent Attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable and is a very persistent and competent attorney. My family was very fortunate to have used his services. If I have any question concerning the law I can always call on Mr. Serafinowicz for advice. I would recommend him.
Posted by BE | March 9, 2015
Highly recommend
We are very happy with the work Rob did for us. He was very knowledgable and was extremely prompt in returning our calls as well as keeping us informed about our case. He gave us the advice we needed, but also made sure we were aware of all the options available to us. We had a successful outcome to our case and feel Rob was the biggest part in getting us there.
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Posted by David | March 8, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Serafinowicz is an excellent attorney. He real knows law and he made my trial quick and easy. I would recommend Mr. Serafinowicz to anyone that has had any trouble with the law.
Posted by Ron | March 6, 2015
Legal Services
I cannot say enough positive things concerning Mr. Serafinwicz professionalism, competence and brilliance. I have been fortunate on a couple occasions when having to call on Rob's services on urgent and most important family and friend issues and was amazed at the results!!
Posted by Jake | March 1, 2015
Solid legal advisor
Attorney Serafinowicz provided insight and advice that reflected both an understanding of the law and judicial system as well as a practical, realistic view of how and why things happen. Attorney Serafinowicz is candid and honest. My sense is he genuinely cares about those who seek his advice and he makes every effort to see things are done right. I would strongly recommend Attorney Serafinowicz.
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Posted by Matthew | February 28, 2015
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Mr. Serafinowicz is a great lawyer and a great guy. Lets just say I should have spent years and prison and never once went to jail. These were major drug charges. I'm Very happy with the outcome although me and Mr Serafinowicz knew we would win in court. We ended up getting a great plea from the prosecutor. I cant say enough about this guy
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Posted by Bill | February 27, 2015
Great Attorney
Rob Serafinowicz is one of the best attorneys in Fairfield County. He's a no nonsense laywer and responds quickly to clients when they are in need. Rob's work ethic along with his attention to every detail is admirable and has proven to be a successful combination In court. I have great confidence in Rob and I am glad to have him as my attorney and friend.
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Posted by lucy | February 27, 2015
greatness
Rob is a great lawyer i had him for an attorney and my brother to my brother is the one that recommended me to him i went to court one time and i had 3 to 4 court dates and he got my case dropped. Only a good lawyer can do that
Posted by Tom | February 27, 2015
Employment suit
I retained attorney Rob Serafinowicz a few years ago and he was nothing more than professional and knowledgeable regards to my case. He's an attorney that is very aggressive and one who does what he can to get his client what they deserve. I would highly recommend attorney Serafinowicz
Posted by Mg | February 27, 2015
Very helpful
Rob has continously been very helpful in all legal matters ive been involved with. I have used him a few different times and he has always been honest and forthcoming with information. He's knowledgeable of the laws and breaks things down so any non-lawyer can understand. I am always pleased with his representation and will continue to use him in the future.
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Posted by Joe | February 27, 2015
Knowledgeble and responsive.
I retained Mr. Serafinowicz for a matter that involved my son, from the begining he did what he said and said what he did. Unfortunatly my son continued, through his behavior, to agravate his situation, Mr. Serafinowics was very proactive in recomending that we have a full psychological evaluation done on my son so that the reality of his situation could be viewed by the court. I feel that this move from an attorney shows the depth and breath of his experience in this matter. While my sons case continues I feel comfortable with its progress, Mr Serofinowics has been candid with the severity of the case even when the news was hard to hear as a father. He has always been accessable for any questions or concerns we have had. I recommend him highly as an attorney and a professional.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2013
Attorney Rob Serafinowicz summed up in two words, Tireless and Dedicated...
As the sister of a client that Rob defended, I can't express in words how thankful I am that my loved one had him on her side. The time and devotion he gave to her case went far beyond what I expected. Rob is a seasoned, knowledgeable and caring professional. My fears of what could have been were doused by his confidence in winning this case. My trust in him came quickly and it never swayed. He is relentless, there is no better.
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Posted by dana | January 11, 2013
Attorney Rob Serafinowicz is an awesome lawyer......
Rob has defended my husband several times in the past 4 years. He is an awesome and most competent attorney. He is always knowledgeable about the law and its relevance to the case at hand. He keeps clients well informed and gives great advice as to the pending outcome of the case. Rob attacks the case with vigilance and gives his all to benefit his client to the fullest. I would strongly recommend having Rob in your corner when needed.
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Posted by Kim | January 11, 2013
You get more than just a lawyer when you hire Rob he is beyond knowledgeable...and listens to you.
I have refered many people to Rob and everyone i did, hired him, they have called and thanked me for such a great lawyer, how many lawyers once they charge you their retainer you dont hear from them or you get calls back from an assistant from their office because they THINK they are too impotrant and know they have your money. Rob never makes you feel like that, is gets back to you within 24 hours, and 9 out of 10 times he has the answers you are asking for you right on the spot. Very impressed with Rob. Rob isnt affraid to stand up for you or what he feels is right, esp. in a judicial system that is broken in areas and needs fixing. I left a lawyer i paid in full, to hire Rob and i am happy i did.
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Posted by Andres | January 11, 2013
Rob Serafinowicz Represents Military Veterans The Way We Should Be Represented!
I am a veteran of the Marine Corps having served 8 years active duty (4 years as infantryman and 4 years as a military policeman). Rob represented me in a criminal case in Derby. As I stated before I am a Marine Corps veteran and had misunderstandings with local Law Enforcement that went in the wrong direction. Rob right away showed much respect for my service and was very understanding and non-judgmental about my PTSD. Rob made the court aware of my service and made them aware of my combat experiences that led to my diagnoses of PTSD. Rob speaks with confidence because he is confident. As a veteran I was looking for a "no-holds barred tell it like it is" attorney who frankly took no B.S and told no B.S. Rob was and is that attorney. I suggest any and all veterans that need legal representation, but are reluctant to discuss their PTSD issues because of society, to hire Rob. He is non-judgmental and understanding and will definitely help you out......
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Posted by MiketheCPA | November 13, 2012
Rob Serafinowicz, Esq. - Knows the LAW
From the first time Rob represented me in Waterbury, CT during 2010, I knew I had found an extremely competent, reliable and, most importantly, an experienced attorney in the areas of criminal and civil law that I was in need of. After cutting through the legal red tape on matters related to my 2010 divorce case in Waterbury, there was no question who would be the best choice for representation in a current criminal matter I have before me. In fact, in two court appearances for my current case, Mr. Serafinowicz has been able to reach resolution with the Court on a number of complex legal matters that would have taken most other lawyers I have engaged several costly visits to Court. Competence, reliability and experience - this is what you get from Robert Serafinowicz, esq.
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Posted by John | November 9, 2011
A Lawyer That I Can Count On For Anything
Rob Serafinowicz is an excellent trial attorney, whenever I had questions or concerns about my case he was answering them right away. I am thankful for his intelligence and great attention to detail in securing my acquittal in less than 45 minutes. Thanks Rob!
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AVVO RATING 4.5 (Concern)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017.

Suspension issued in CT, 2017
updated on 03/21/2017

This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Suspension issued in CT, 2015
updated on 01/20/2016

This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Conditions issued in CT, 2014
updated on 03/08/2015

A condition is a disciplinary order from the Statewide Grievance Committee that an attorney fulfill a condition within a certain time frame. If the attorney does not fulfill a condition in a timely manner, the Superior Court may also impose any condition necessary to protect the public.

Robert's comment: “Read my client reviews. A prosecutor accused me of over zealously representing a client. Lawyers work in grey areas. I would think someone would want a lawyer to go as hard as they can rather then risking a client not getting the best possible outcome. This prosecutor felt I was doing too good of a job handling the case. This man has limited ability and is the most unethical lawyer I have dealt with. He was angry he is not in my league and told bold faced lies.”

Work Experience

  • The Law Offices of Rob Serafinowicz, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • John R. Williams and Associates
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Intern
  • The William Morris Agency
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Intern
  • Mickey Sherman, Esquire
  • 2002 - 2004
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Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Connecticut
  • BA
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Mustafa Salahuddin
  • Acquittal after a trial by jury.
  • Zainc and Demers v. City of Waterbury Et. Al.
  • Settlement before trial.
  • Lantz v. Coleman
  • further litigation regarding issue
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2004 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Global Directory of Who is Who
  • Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2014
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • New England's Outstanding Young Lawyers: Criminal Defense
  • American Registry
  • 2012
  • Connecticut's Outstanding Young Lawyers: Criminal Defense
  • American Registry
  • 2012
  • New England's Outstanding Young Lawyers: Criminal Defense
  • American Registry
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Scholarship
  • The Trial Lawyer's College
  • 2010
  • State of Connecticut Official Citation
  • Office of the Secretary of State
  • 2009
  • State of Connecticut Official Citation
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • 2009
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brotherhood Achievement Award
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brotherhood Committee
  • 2009
  • Most Outspoken Male-University of CT School of Law Class of 2004
  • University of Connecticut School of Law Class of 2004
  • 2004
  • Dean's Scholar
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • 2001
  • Honors Scholar
  • University of Connecticut Department of Political Science
  • 2001
  • Outstanding Achievment in Political Science
  • University of Connecticut Department of Political Science
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Unknown
  • Social Networking Websights as a Tool in Criminal Discovery
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • UConn Law Trial Advocacy
  • Criminal Law
  • 2011
  • West Haven High School Law and Society Class
  • Criminal Law
  • 2010
  • UCONN Law Trial Advocacy
  • Trial Practice
  • 2010
  • University of Connecticut School of Law Mock Trial Program
  • Criminal Trials
  • 2008
  • New York Law School Mock Trial
  • Criminal Trials
  • 2008
  • CT High Schools Mock Trial Program
  • Criminal Trial Presentations
  • 2007
  • New York Law School Mock Trial Program
  • Criminal Trials
  • 2006
  • Community Lecture
  • Criminal Law
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (15)
Endorse Robert
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Other
"This attorney strives to get the best result for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I consider Rob to be a lawyer among lawyer. He does not hesitate to say what it is on his mind and will fight tooth and nail for his clients."
Civil rights Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This lawyer does outstanding work on behalf of his clients and is very knowledgeable on the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. He has an exemplary reputation for his diligence and the dedication he provides to his clients in all types of criminal matters. If you're lookin g for an aggressive no nonsense approach to litigation, then this is your ma n"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rob cares about his clients, is responsive to their needs, and works hard and passionately on his cases--with much success."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer's work. Rob is an excellent defense attorney who is not affraid to take a case to trial and does not back down from tough prosecutors. Rob is one of the most thorough attorneys that I know, and his attention to detail is superb. I have practiced for 13 years and have observed many attorneys in court. Rob is one of the few that standout as a lawyer's lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Rob possesses the passion and drive necessary to properly represent those accused of crimes. His outstanding track record speaks for itself."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I would highly recommend Attorney Serafinowicz . Atty Serafinowicz's results speak for themselves as time and time again he achieves excellent dispositions for his clients. Attorney Serafinowicz is one of the few criminal defense lawyers in Connecticut who will not hesitate for a second to demand a trial for his clients to defend their rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known him for several years and he is a very good attorney. He is very agressive and works hard for his clients."
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