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I have practicing law for 41 years.  I began as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society (Public Defender) and then joined the suffolk County District Attorney's Office for 3 years heading the white collar investigation bureau and then serving as Chief Assistant District attorney.  I began my private practice in 1978 and now specialize almost exclusively in the area of criminal defense.  Our law firm handles most types of civil litigation involving personal injury, malpractice and contested probate proceedings.


Languages spoken: Italian

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    45 years
  2. Litigation: 10%
    45 years, 250 cases



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Adam Benjamin Kaufman

    Paul is a knowledgeable and aggressive advocate for his clients. Having seen him on trial, I can certainly enthusiastically endorse him.


    Adam Kaufman Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • James K. Riley

    I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the truly outstanding criminal defense lawyers now practicing in the State of New York. I have known Paul Gianelli for many years, worked with him on various matters over those years, and I have the greatest regard for him. James K. Riley, Esq. Pearl River, NY and Montvale, NJ.


    James Riley Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Reynolds, Caronia, Gianelli, , La Pinta LLP

35 Arkay Drive
P.O. Box 11177
Hauppauge, NY, 11788-0945

35 Arkay Dr Ste 200
Hauppauge, NY, 11788



NYCurrently registered 197103/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Association namePosition nameDuration
10th Judicial District Grievance CommitteeChair2000 - Present
New York State Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
New York State Defenders AssociationMemberN/A
Suffolk County Criminal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Suffolk County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysBoard of Directors1990 - 1995
Suffolk County Bar Association, Judicial Screening CommitteeMember1983 - 1986
Suffolk County Bar Association, Judiciary CommitteeMember1981 - 1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at BuffaloLawJD - Juris Doctor1970
Fordham UniversityN/AA.B.1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Suffolk County Academy of Law Continuing EducationCriminal Appeals from the Disrtict Court2012