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Paul V Ciminelli

Probate Attorney at Rochester, NY

4.6   10 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 36 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 35 years
    New Jersey - NJ 36 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1988
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1989
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1987
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    During the life cycle of a business, you need to stay focused on the tasks that allow the enterprise to grow, proper and ultimately succeed. All of us at Ciminelli & Ciminelli understand that our role is to support your objectives and assist you on your road to success. Whether you are contemplating starting or purchasing a business, expanding your current business through mergers and acquisitions, setting the stage to efficiently and smoothly sell or leave your business to the next generation.

    37 years

  2. Estate planning
    We are deeply aware that estate planning is a personal and unquestionably individualized matter. We work with each client to identify wishes and goals, obtain family and financial information, and develop the documents that are required to accomplish our client’s objectives. In addition to designing personalized solutions to accomplish a client’s wishes, our goal is to maximize tax benefits (estate, gift, generation skipping and income tax) and to minimize the costs

    37 years

  3. Probate
    We recognize that estate administration can be very intimidating. We explain aspects of the estate plan to the beneficiaries, the personal representative and trustee. We can oversee the collection and distribution of assets, record keeping, estate and income tax return preparation, representation of the fiduciary and probate proceedings, and any resulting related litigation. Finally, we know that it is important to assist our clients in recognizing their estate planning options and help them sta

    37 years

  4. Real estate
    Our Real Estate team handles a comprehensive range of real estate matters throughout New York State. Major practice areas include: Commercial and residential purchase, sale, lease and lending transactions, Title examination, title insurance and title opinions, Tax assessment protests, Foreclosures (judicial and non-judicial) and enforcement actions, Real property litigation, Contract negotiations, Landlord/tenant matters, Easements, rights of way and boundary agreements

    37 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    We are deeply aware that estate planning is a personal and unquestionably individualized matter. We work with each client to identify wishes and goals, obtain family and financial information, and develop the documents that are required to accomplish our client’s objectives. In addition to designing personalized solutions to accomplish a client’s wishes, our goal is to maximize tax benefits (estate, gift, generation skipping and income tax) and to minimize the costs

    37 years

A Record of Excellence Since 1983 attorneys at Ciminelli & Ciminelli have successfully practiced law in the Greater Rochester, New York community. Our attorneys are devoted to providing superior legal services and counsel to our clients with the utmost standards of professional responsibility and business ethics. Attorneys at Ciminelli & Ciminelli are uniquely practiced compared to attorneys at most law firms. Our attorneys not only bring extensive legal experience and success to the practice of law, each member of the professional staff has a depth and breadth of experience in service to government and in private industry. We Begin Our Dialogue With Your Goals At Ciminelli & Ciminelli we focus on listening intently to the needs of our clients. Above all else, the entire team at Ciminelli & Ciminelli is focused on finding the most responsive, sensible, and practical solutions to your requirements. The varied and expansive legal and non-legal experience of our staff is invaluable to understanding your perspective and tailoring a workable and achievable strategy to resolve a matter. C & C attorneys apply the same ideals that have guided all of us throughout our professional lives: tenacious advocacy, thoughtful and thorough research, carefully thought-out strategizing, and uncompromising attention to detail. Once a plan is in place, the legal team at Ciminelli & Ciminelli will work tirelessly on your behalf to achieve the best results possible. We recognize the significance of your case to you, and treat it as our own. We Stay Connected An always open channel of communication between you and your attorney instill confidence that your case is being managed receiving all due attention. At Ciminelli & Ciminelli regular communication with clients is the norm. All telephone calls or emails are responded to promptly. Contact us Today For advice, counsel and help resolving legal challenges, contact the attorneys at Ciminelli & Ciminelli today.


Ciminelli & Ciminelli, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, PLLC
160 Allens Creek Rd
Rochester, NY, 14618-3309

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Posted by Peter | May 11, 2015
Thorough analysis and mature judgement
In handling my matter, Paul was thorough and asked all the right questions. He can be counted on for intelligent analysis, an understanding of what is at stake, and mature judgment in formulating a legal strategy.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2015
Thanks Ciminelli & Ciminelli
Working work Paul and his associates was hassle free. They made arrangements to work with the state of Illinois to resolve an issue that would have required my traveling to Chicago. The issue was resolved quickly and did not require my appearing in court.
Posted by Tony | May 9, 2015
GREAT Attorney !!
We have been using Paul as our corporate attorney for the past 6 or 7 years now. I could not be happier. He has consistently exceeded our expectations. Not only with the projects he completes but the input and knowledge that he has about business. I feel he is an important part of out team. We have been able to double our business in the time that we have been using Paul and feel that he is a big part of us obtaining those goals.
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Posted by Josette | May 7, 2015
Highly recommended
Paul is very knowledgeable in all areas. He handled the closing of my house. It was an extremely smooth process. His response time on return phone calls in superb. I found Mr. Ciminelli very friendly and helpful. I have used his services other family matter and he was just as helpful as he was in the closing of my home. I would highly recommend his services
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Posted by Carol | May 6, 2015
Meeting the challenge
After considering several attorneys, without being "impressed" we contacted Paul and immediately felt the sense of integrity and morality we were seeking. Paul and his staff did an outstanding job on an often frustrating settlement. They had a professional expertise and dedication, yet still managed to have respect for our needs and concerns at the same time. In short, we trusted Paul implicitly and would recommend him to all our family and friends without hesitation.
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Posted by Efrain | May 4, 2015
Great Attorney
I've known Attorney Paul Ciminelli for over 20 yrs. As a former police officer I worked with Paul when he was a Monroe County ADA. He prosecuted many of my arrests in criminal court successfully. I trust his judgement, experience & highly recommend him.
Posted by Mary | May 4, 2015
Guidance that makes a difference.
Paul has helped our family sort out several legal questions over the years. I have referred friends to him and his associates at Ciminelli & Ciminelli and will continue to use his services and encourage other friends and family members to do the same.
Posted by Nancy | May 4, 2015
Peace of Mind
I highly recommend Paul Ciminelli. He is extremely trustworthy, professional, and knowledgeable. Mr. Ciminelli prepared our wills, POAs, and healthcare proxies, advised us on real estate issues, and gives outstanding advice for all our legal issues. He expertly handled our parents' estate, keeping us all informed at every step of the way. He responds quickly and thoroughly, and he always has time for us. Paul's character and integrity are the foundation for his work.
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Posted by Tim | July 7, 2014
Sound advice
Unlike most attorneys, Paul Ciminelli took my cold call about a possible fraud case-- completely out of his area of expertise-- and listened and gave great advice. I can only imagine how responsive he would be in a case in an area that he is knowledgeable about.
Posted by Lucas | June 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Paul did not fulfill his contract and wont reply to calls or emails.
Paul is a competent lawyer, but gave up on my case. The judge gave us 30 days to be creative on a plan to get my Pistol permit back. Paul did not contact me for 6 months and then finally replied to my emails. I have all the emails saved, including the unanswered ones. Paul wanted me to go out and perform tasks that were against the judges orders. The judge wanted a potential plan and the judge wanted to review and sign off on. Paul refused to work with me on a plan. It has now been 14 months after my hearing and Paul hasn't done anything for me. Not even writing the judge to explain any delay or explanation of where the case stands on our end. I wouldn't recommend him.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-375 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Pro bono 20 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Municipal Hearing Examiner
  • City of Rochester
  • 2000 - Present
  • Principal
  • Ciminelli & Ciminelli, PLLC
  • 1994 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney-Major Felony Bureau
  • Monroe County District Attorney Office
  • 1987 - 1994
  • Colonel
  • United States Army
  • 1981 - 2011
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  • United States Army War College
  • MSS
  • 2007
  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Rochester
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • George Eastman House v. Morgan Managment, Monroe Voiture, et. al.
  • Decision of the Trial Court Affirmed
  • People v. Jefferies
  • Case Dismissed
  • In Re: Pistol Permit Revocation Hearing of C.M.
  • PIstol Permit Restored. All firearms returned to client.
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  • Rochester Police Foundation
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • Monroe County Veterans Advisory Board
  • Chairman
  • 2010 - Present
  • Thomas More Law Center
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Rochester Regional Veterans Business Council
  • Vice President
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Monroe County Bar Association, Professional Performance Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Monroe County Bar Association Academy of Law
  • Academy Member
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Monroe County Bar Association Ethics Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Monroe County Office of the Aging Advisory Board
  • Board Member
  • 1992 - 1998
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Honors and Awards

  • Veterans Service Award
  • Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #20
  • 2014
  • Excellence in Law - Unsung Legal Heroes
  • The New York Daily Record
  • 2013
  • Veterans Business Champion
  • Rochester Regional Veterans Business Council
  • 2011
  • The President's Volunteer Service Award
  • President's Council on Service and Civic Participation
  • 2005
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  • The Department of Defense Role in Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief Operations
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • The New York Safe Act
  • 2015
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Planning for Long Term Care
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Paul
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Paul's experience as a former assistant district attorney makes him an excellent defense attorney."
Business Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Paul for over 20 years. He is a patriot who served his country for over 30 years in the JAG Corps, and is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with. I am proud to call him a friend and a brother in arms."
Probate Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."