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After graduating from law school, I went on active duty as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) with the United States Air Force. As a JAG, I litigated criminal cases, examined medical malpractice claims, investigated aircraft incidents, and provided legal assistance to thousands of service members and their families, and performed a vast array of other duties throughout Asia and Europe.

I went on active duty to fulfill my lifelong dream to serve my country and be a part of a team that embodies the values similar to those I instill in my everyday life: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all I do. They are the values and qualities that go to the core of a person’s character and make a surmountable difference in the success one may achieve inside and outside the courtroom.

When transitioning from active duty to civilian life, I found a team at Cellino & Barnes that embodies similar values and qualities: strong, solid, and successful. Cellino & Barnes shares my philosophy that each case must be handled as if it were going to trial and the protection of the client’s best interest should never be compromised.

It is no secret that insurance companies value cases and make decisions based on their quarterly financial statements, and not on the needs of those injured or killed through the negligence of others. Unfortunately many law firms handle cases similarly by looking for the quick settlement and easy profits, leaving their clients wondering who’s on their side.

I understand the significant impact that injuries may have brought to your life, and I will zealously advocate your case to obtain the maximum recovery for your injuries and the damages you have suffered. As your attorney, I promise that you will always have comfort in knowing that I am always on your side.


  • Slippery Rock University, B.A. ( cum laude)

  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.

  • Licensed to practice law in:

    • New York

    • New Hampshire

    • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

    • United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals

    • United States District Court


  • Trial attorney, Cellino & Barnes (August 2004 – Present)

  • Prosecutor, Judge Advocate General (JAG), United States Air Force

Honors and Professional Organizations

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

  • Monroe County Bar Association

  • New York State Bar Association

  • American Trial Lawyers Association

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

  • New Hampshire Bar Association

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

  • 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers

  • Super Lawyers 2013

  • The National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100

Community/Military Service

  • Staff Judge Advocate, Vermont National Guard


Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 50%
    1 thousand cases
  2. Motorcycle Accident: 25%
    11 years, 100 cases
  3. Trucking Accident: 25%
    50 cases

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard R. Shaw

    I have known Mr. Wright for almost 20 years. He is an outstanding attorney and an even better person. He fights for his clients to ensure that they get the results they deserve. I highly endorse this lawyer.


    Richard Shaw Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Cellino & Barnes, P.C.

16 W Main St Fl 6
Rochester, NY, 14614-1605


NYCurrently registered 200007/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 100The National Trial Lawyers2014
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2012
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Staff Judge AdvocateUnited States Air Force Jag2016 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Northrop v. State of New York$2,400,000
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A