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Robert Walter Dapelo

Divorce and separation Attorney at Patchogue, NY

4.0   8 reviews
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  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1987
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    We handle all types of matrimonial matters, from the simple uncontested divorce to the complex contested divorce of business owners and contested custody matters. Our attorneys are in court almost every day that the Court is in session.

    31 years, 750 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    I was a prosecutor for over 6 years and have been a criminal defense attorney for over 14 years. We handl all types of criminal matters, from simple traffic matters to complex narcotics defense.

    36 years, 500 cases

  3. Child custody
    We handle all custody matters, both contested matrimonial matters and contested family court matters.

    31 years, 500 cases

  4. Real estate
    We handle all real estate matters. Condos, coops, residential real estate, commercial real estate and bank attorney closings.

    31 years, 750 cases


The Law Offices of Robert W. Dapelo, Esq., PC was established in 1997 to provide the highest caliber of legal services in the area of divorce, family law, custody, visitation, criminal, traffic, real estate, personal injury and litigation matters. Robert W. Dapelo, Esq. the owner and Chief Executive Officer of The Law Offices of Robert W. Dapelo, Esq., PC has been admitted for the practice of law in since 1987. Robert W. Dapelo, Esq. spent the first six years of his career in the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, New York prosecuting narcotics cases, wiretap investigations, and major felony matters. In 1993 he left the King's County District Attorney's Office in a supervisory capacity. This Office strives to use the best and most advance techniques to maximize the client's chances for success in all areas. I invite you to explore this Office for all your legal needs. We are a family law office for all your family's needs.


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The Law Offices of Robert W. Dapelo, Esq., PC
140 North Ocean Avenue, Unit A
Patchogue, NY, 11772


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Posted by Kelley | April 27, 2010
Bob Dapelo is the best attorney EVER!
Bob handled a custody matter for me with an excellent outcome! He is very knowledgable and extremely aggressive. You'll never doubt that he has your best interests at heart. Bob is so easy to talk to and he'll always be honest no matter what. I would recommend Mr. Dapelo to anyone who wants a good outcome in thir case.
Posted by Gene | October 28, 2009
A lawyer you can trust
Mr. Dapelo is a man of action, dedication and fully vested in whatever situation his clients are in. He has a brillant mind who knows NY State Law and this knowledge will benefit you no matter what your leagal needs are. Mr. Dapelo is currently handling our purchase of a small business and we are extremy pleased with his expertise and professionalism.
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Posted by Jimmy | October 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Retained Bob for nearly two decades
I’ve been using Bob for a very very long time. Everything from false criminal complaints , child custody battles- to child support issues , Bob has professionally handled all with ease !!! I currently have SOLE-LEGAL and RESIDENTIAL of “ALL “my children thanks to Bob. Don’t waste your time with attorneys that tell you want to hear…… Bob tells you like it is and gets the job done . Thanks Bob !
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Confident and Intelligent professional
Robert Dapelo did an excellent job representing me in court. I am very grateful that I hired a knowledgable and experienced lawyer. For the first time, I was summoned to court. I was very stressed dealing with my ex and going through a very difficult time in my life. Robert Dapelo by my side made me feel comfortable and eased my anxiety. He was very aggressive and confident in the court room. In court, Robert demanded justice and I was very pleased with the outcome. You're in good hands if Robert Dapelo is your lawyer.
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Posted by Veronica | September 16, 2013
Aggressive and tough lawyer
This lawyer argued for me when no one else would and helped me and my kids get the money we needed to live.
Posted by Sharon | December 16, 2010
Very trustworthy and knowledgeable attorney
Mr. Dapelo has handled several family court matters for me and he has been understanding of my family problems and caring for the welfare of my family. He is very informed about the law and uses his knowledge to help me and my family very much. Without his help the system would have been no help to me.
Posted by Ann | July 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
co signed car issue with ex
I have had this lawyer for years and has done very little with any progress and not even a court date after serving papers for YEARS. Makes excuses and does not communicate unless I call, every time he talks to me like I'm bothering him and does not make any progress calls. I have talked to him maybe 6 7 times in 2 and1/2 YEARS. Horrible experience and advice. Suggested to have my credit go bad and just stop paying a loan. So all he did was some paper work, $3000 later and nothing done for YEARS to resolve issue. Zero stars if I could
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Posted by Susan | August 3, 2012
Had a bad experience with this lawyer
THis lawyer advised me to file a motion, then did not advocate for me on that motion. He also seemed to forget he advised me to file this motion. He does not return phone calls, and is very abrupt when he does. He charged me for the motion and did not take the time to explain everything to me when it was over. I wasted a lot of money
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  • Free Consultation 35 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-425 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Proprietor
  • Law Offices of Robert W. Dapelo, Esq.,PC
  • 1997 - Present
  • Senior Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 1987 - 1993


  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • City College of the City University of New York
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • People v. Galen
  • Not Guilty
  • People v. Candio
  • Not Guilty
  • Asgar v. Uddin
  • Had pre-marital religious agreement struck down.
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  • Columbian Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Matrimonial Bar Association of Suffolk County
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Criminal Court Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • District Court Committee
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Supreme Court Committee
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Award of Excellence
  • Missing and Exploited Children
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Long Island News Radio
  • Matrimonial and Family
  • 2017
  • Developments in Real Estate
  • Lis Pendens and alienation of Property
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Robert
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is always well prepared and extremely effective in court. Robert is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When I was a prosecutor I recall how Mr. Dapelo worked tirelessly for his clients. I now have the occasion to watch him on trial and I see that he commands the respect of the bench and the bar. I highly recommend Mr. Dapelo."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly recommended."
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Patchogue Divorce and separation Lawyer Robert Walter Dapelo
Robert Walter Dapelo
Divorce and separation Attorney
Patchogue, NY
Licensed for 35 years
Free Consultation