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About me

I'm a 43-year old life-long resident of upstate NY.  I've been practicing in the areas of personal injury and criminal law for the past 16 years.  And believe it or not, I have almost always wanted to be a lawyer - ever since the fifth grade!

I know that I made the right choice.  While practice in these areas can be very stressful, at times it can be extremely rewarding.  I have yet to experience a feeling greater than winning a criminal trial, hearing the words, "not guilty" and walking a client out of the courthouse, a free person.  If you ever get the chance to do that, I highly reccomend it :)



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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    17 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases



Hourly ($200-400/hour), contingent (25-33%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I was fortunate to have Mr. Pelli assist me in resolving a case . His professionalism and the respect he garnered from everyone in the legal system was essential to the successful outcome we received . I will not hesitate to seek his opinions on all future matters . Mr Pelli is a very rare attorney who is caring , yet extremely knowledgable at the same time .


    Michael Garcia Environmental and natural resources Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Severyn Rebisz

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Pelli's answers on Avvo show a great deal of knowledge of criminal law.


    Severyn Rebisz Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

3 Derbyshire Pl
Utica, NY, 13501-4705


NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 200007/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 4.5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
Young Entrepreneur40 under 402005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyChristopher Jude Pelli, Esq. PLLC2000 - Present
CounselJETNET, Ltd.2000 - 2003
Legal AideNew York State Attorney General1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar AssociationAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
New York State Defenders AssociationMember2002 - Present
Herkimer County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
NYS Attorney For ChildrenMember2002 - Present
Oneida County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Herkimer County Bar AssociationVice President2008 - 2009
Technology Committee - Oneida County Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Derrick CarterIndictment dismissed.
People v. SkeltonPlea bargain
People v. AuchmoodyPlea bargain
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Publication nameTitleDate
New York Law JournalMan Who Claims Cheating Wife Framed Him Wins Habeas Bid2015
Utica Observer DispatchMurder Indictment Dismissed2014
Utica Observer DispatchSex Charges Dropped2014
Utica Observer DispatchMurder Appeal2014
Utica Observer DispatchBoating While Intoxicated2014
The Weekly AdirondackBoating and Alcohol2014
Leagle.comNAPPI v. YELLACH2014
Observer Dispatch2 murder suspects to view video of James St. homicide2012
LawGuruLawGuru Questions and Answers2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Utica College of Syracuse UniversityEnglish LiteratureEnglish1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Law and Advancing TechnologiesLaw and technology2005