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Rosario Stornello

Criminal defense Attorney at Sugar Land, TX

4.8   20 reviews

also known as Stornello Law Firm

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1998
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Rosario

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    The Stornello Law Firm represents clients charged with any kind of criminal case in State and Federal Court. In Fort Bend, Harris and all surrounding counties. Types of cases include DWI, Assaults, Drugs, Weapons, Thefts, Robbery, Burglary.

    27 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    The Stornello Law Firm represents clients charged with any kind of DWI case in State and Federal Court. In Fort Bend, Harris and all surrounding counties in the Houston Metro area.

    27 years

  3. Domestic violence
    The Stornello Law Firm represents clients charged with any kind of assault case, felony or misdemeanor in State and Federal Court. In Fort Bend, Harris and all surrounding counties in the Houston Metro area.

    27 years

  4. Expungement
    The Stornello Law files petitions to erase criminal cases that have been dismissed from clients criminal history records. This includes sealing cases when the client successfully completed deferred adjudication probation. We can seal a DWI case!

    27 years

  5. Sex crime
    The Stornello Law Firm represents clients charged with any kind of sex crime case, felony or misdemeanor in State and Federal Court. In Fort Bend, Harris and all surrounding counties in the Houston Metro area.

    27 years

  6. Violent crime
    The Stornello Law Firm represents clients charged with any kind of criminal case in State and Federal Court. In Fort Bend, Harris and all surrounding counties in the Houston Metro area.

    27 years

My Firm is located on the southwest side of Houston in the Sugar Land area and I handle cases in Harris, Fort Bend, Galevston and all surrounding Counties in the Houston Metro area.

If you are facing the prospect of being accused of a crime, you could face the most stressful and challenging battle of your life. The government at every level is a relentless opponent, and when you find yourself coming under scrutiny from local, state, or federal prosecutors, you only have one choice in terms of how to react.

You need to fight back aggressively by building a strong defense, and this is your Constitutional right. Simply sitting and hoping that the problem will solve itself is exactly the opposite of what you should do.

As a former prosecutor and now a defense attorney, I have worked on and have experience handling all kinds of criminal cases from possession of drugs to DWI to assault and murder and everything in between. My clients hire a professional with the experience to fight for their rights and liberty. I negotiate hard with the State and I am willing and capable of fighting hard at trial. I pride myself that all of my clients receive an ethical and zealous defense.


I grew up in Rochester NY and graduated from St. John Fisher College.  I graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1998 and I was admited to the Texas Bar in 1998.  From 1998 -2000 I was an Assistant District Attornet in Henderson County, TX.  Then from 2000-2006 I was an assistant District Attorney in Harris County, TX.  I have run my own law office since 2006.  My law office is in the westside of  Houston - Sugar Land & Katy area.

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Attorney Rosario Stornello


The Stornello Law Firm, P.C.
Suite # 216
Sugar Land, TX, 77479

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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Keanu | May 8, 2019
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Excellent lawyer.
I contacted Mr. Stornello to file a early termination of probation motion. He explained to me the process and what to expect when going to court. He was very professional and answered any questions that I had.
Posted by Jeremy | July 18, 2018
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Mr Stornello got my case dismissed
I hired Me. Stornello as my legal representation for a matter I had gotten involved with. He was very point blank from the start on what reasonable expectations to have as to the possible outcomes of my case. After several months of work, my case was dismissed. Hope not to ever have to hire him again but if I find myself in trouble, I'll definitely get him on my side again.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2018
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Great Lawyer
I had no idea how complicated the legal system is. But with the expertise of Mr. Stornello, he made a bad situation manageable. He would stop until the case was won. If you want a lawyer that truly has your best interests this is your guy.
Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2017
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Great lawyer
There was an incident in which I️ received two tickets. Mr. Stornello helped me create a case to get both of these tickets dismissed without having to appear before a court. He did a great job and very reliable.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2016
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great lawyer
I was on probation and MR. Stornello fought for me every step of the way and convinced the Judge to put me back on probation. We had a hearing and the State fought real hard to convince the Judge to revoke me and send me to prison. But Mr. Stornello did a great job for me and the Judge gave me a second change and put me back on probation. IF your in trouble with the law hire Mr. Stornello he is worth all the money he won't stop fighting for you.
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Posted by annomymous | February 1, 2016
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very good lawyer
I hired Mr. Stornello twice. He handled both of my criminal cases, 1 a misdemeanor and 1 a felony, with professionalism and care. He kept me informed every step of the way and always returned my calls, emails, or texts. In both cases he got me the best result I could have hoped for. If you are charged with a crime you should hire Mr. Stornello.
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Posted by Kim | June 4, 2015
Great & Honest Lawyer
I hire Mr. Stornello for my son's parole hearing. He did a great job. Thanks to Mr. Stornello my son was granted parole. Mr. Stornello kept us informed the whole time and was tyhr most honest lawyer I ever hired. He fought real hard for my son. I would always use Mr. Stornello for any criminal case.
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2015
Greatest lawyer ever
I was charged with making a bomb threat at my college. It was all a misunderstanding but the State charged me with a crime. I was lucky I hired Mr. Stornello. He fought for me and convinced the State that I was innocent and he got my charges DISMISSED. I found him to be very honest and hard working, he stood up for me when nobody else would. He kept me informed at every stage and I could also contact him when I need to ask a question. He fought hard on my case and basically saved my life. If your in trouble I would definitely recommend hiring Mr. Stornello.
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Posted by Domingo | May 13, 2015
Great and honest lawyer
Rosario handled my domestic violence case and he was the best. He explained everything to me in detail and fought very hard for me. He took my case all the way to a jury trial and won. He got a not guilty verdict in an hour. He was very honest and charged me a very reasonable fee. I couldn't wish for a better attorney. I found him to be honest, knowledgeable in the law, and a great trial lawyer. If you are accused of doing something wrong definitely call Rosario.
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Posted by Tim & Tena | April 30, 2015
Seems mild mannered but opening and closing arguments really lite the courtroom on fire!
My 6th grade son was falsely accused of assault that supposedly happened at his jr. high school. We retained Rosario after my son was interrogated by one of the districts police officer. We should have retained him before he was interrogated. NEVER let your child speak to a police officer alone. There was no evidence, no witnesses and still this case ended up going to trial almost a year later. I will have to say I was worried. Anyone can say anything against you or your kids and you will have to prove otherwise. Rosario believed in my son from the very first meeting. Then he worked on getting as many facts as he could from the school district, who was less than cooperative. At trial he was nothing but professional and even brought his partner Mark along for the double team. My son felt safe that Rosario would prove his innocence. Rosario found holes in everything the DA presented. We won the case and my son has been exonerated. I would not hesitate to hire Rosario again if we ever find ourselves needing another criminal attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2011
Great Lawyer
One of the worst experiences is being arrested and accused of a crime that you know you did not do but there seems to be no one that will listen to you. Luckily I met with the attorneys at Stornello & Correro Law Firm and they listened carefully and I left feeling as if I had made the right choice in bringing my case to them. They definitely gave me the sense that they would do their best to get the best possible outcome for me and my initial thoughts were confirmed shortly after that when they managed to get the case dismissed. I am very pleased with the way they handled my case and would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs a good criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Evelyn | September 8, 2010
Best Lawyer Experience
Mr. Stornello worked on my shoplifting case which i thought had no way out but a jail sentence. He managed to prove to the judge that it was not in my character to do what i did and it could have been side effects of the medicine and psychological problems I have had before. He proposed to them a pre trial intervention so he got me off with 1 year probation and as long as I dont get in trouble in 1 year they will dismiss my case and they will clear my record in 2 years. I say Mr. Stornello is the most honest, trustworthy and understanding lawyer. From working with you in making affordable payments and and giving you a reasonable price, to resolving whatever your case my be. If you need legal help, Mr. Stornello is th way to go.
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Posted by Anthony Louis Hernandez | January 9, 2010
Great man. Great Lawyer
I have used Mr. Stornello twice. Once for a misdemeanor for drug possession charge and once for a felony where I was being accused for sexual assault of a child which was not true. Not only did this man lower my bond get I went to jail but he did the impossible and got my case dismissed. Even though it was pricy. There is no price on my freedom and not having to live my life as an offender. Mr. Stornello is a great person as well as a lawyer. He will work with you on your payments . I went 2 months without making a payment but he did not increase one cent what i had to pay. He always kept me informed by email or by phone. Even would call my sisters and brothers to keep then informed on what the D.A was saying. If it was not for this man I would be in jail right now for something which was untrue. I owe this man my life and my freedom. He is Humble and never too busy for his clients unlike many other lawyers. He personally always answers his phone and always returns phone calls ALWAYS THE SAME DAY. There is so many great things to say about this man. If you need a lawyer you can not go wrong with his man.
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Posted by Akmal | December 1, 2009
Hard working Lawyer
I hired Mr. Stornello when I was falsely accused of burglary. Not only did he defend He got my case dismissed. This was the second time I used Mr. Stornello I recommend him to anyone. In my case he went out and found eye witnesses that the police never found. and these witnesses said they saw someone else break into the apartment. He took my case to the grand jury and they dismissed it. He is the best lawyer I know. If you need a lawyer you need to talk to Mr. Stornello
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Posted by Luis | December 1, 2009
Great lawyer
Mr. Stornello represented me when I was charged with statutory rape. he got my case dismissed. He is the hardest working and smartest lawyer I have ever seen. He worked very hard on my case and fought for me and convinced a grand jury to dismiss my case. He answered all my call and e-mails. He talked to a lot of witnesses an went above and beyond the call of duty in my opinion. YOu can't go wrong by hiring him. I definitely recommend him to everyone I know.
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Posted by Michelle | November 27, 2009
great Criminal lawyer
I hired Mr. Stornello to defend me when I was 17 in a DWI case then again in a drug case. He did an excellent job on both cases. My DWI was reduced to a reckless driving and he won my drug case at trial. If you need help definitely use him.
Posted by Brian | November 22, 2009
public defender
Mr. Stornello was appointed to my case and did an excellent job. He really cared about me and kept me informed the entire way. He fought the State to help me and he got my case dismissed. I would hire him in a second.
Posted by Brian | November 21, 2009
public defender
Mr. Stornello was appointed to my case in Harris county and he did an excellent job for me. He kept me informed and timely returned all my calls and e-mails. He convinced the state to reduce my felony case to a misdemeanor. He really cared about me and my case.
Posted by Michael | October 16, 2009
Dedicated and Honest Attorney
Mr.Stornello hadsthe knowledge and trust worthingness needed to defend you in any situation. His back ground speaks for it self. He is motivated, professional and treats you as his only case. Friendly and easy to talk with. Very resonable priced compared to his experince. I would reccommend him for any one seeking the advice of an attorney. It is worth your time to speak with him before you make a descion on an attorney.
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Posted by Holly | May 13, 2015
Rosario Stornello took $4900.00 of a retainer after only 5 business days. This firm did NOTHING but fudge bogus figures for things they NEVER performed. After a $5000 retainer and total of TWO emails with ONE SENTENCE on each I decided they were not going to be the right fit. I immediately told them I no longer needed their services and he got mad at me and then sent me back $100 of the $5000 retainer along with a list of ridiculous charges with $500 going to a phone call to his secretary to give her my credit card number. He even charged me $100 for the only phone call made to him to tell him they were not going to work out, total of 5 minutes before he got mad and hung up on me. How lawyers can get away with stealing funds and charging total BOGUS FRAUDULENT charges they should be ashamed. I pray this does not happen to anyone else and people should really be aware of who they are dealing with. This is a high profile company and people need to know what kind of men they are dealing with.
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Response from Rosario Stornello May 13, 2015
This client has unfortunately misstated the representation in this case. This client hired our Firm to represent her brother in prison. She represented that this was time sensitive and needed to be worked on immediately. This was done and we put a lot of work into the case in a short time. After a week the client changes her mind on the whole representation and wished to end it without explanation. She asked for an accounting which was provided. We gave her a fair accounting of the work and time spent on the case and charged her a fair fee. Unfortunately this client had unreasonable expectations and was obviously not satisfied. If you look at my other reviews you can obviously see this one unhappy client is unusual.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney & Founder
  • Stornello Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Founder & Partner
  • Stornello & Correro Law Firm, P.L.L.C
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Harris County DA Office
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Henderson County DA Office
  • 1998 - 2000
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  • South Texas College Of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • St John Fisher College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State Vs. Wood
  • Not Guilty
  • State vs. C.S.
  • Grand Jury No Billed Dismissed case
  • State v. Skyla Saddler
  • Dismissal
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  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Italian American Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2006 - Present
  • Justinian Society of Houston Lawyers
  • Vice President
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association
  • member
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Italian-American Attorney of the Year
  • Italian Community & Cultural Center
  • 2015
  • Houstonia Top Lawyers list
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers list
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • ICCC Attorney Award
  • ICCC
  • 2015
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Justinian Award
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • 2009
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  • La Voce Italiana
  • New criminal laws in Texas for 2011
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE lunch
  • Criminal Law CLE
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
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Expungement Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Stornello works tirelessly to get you the results that allow you to win cases. He knows the system, the rules of procedure, and the rules of evidence. He will protect your liberty."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rosario Stornello is an excellent attorney. He was my first chief when I worked at the Harris County District Attorney's office. Rosario works relentlessly on his cases to get the right result for his clients. He really knows the system and that makes a big difference for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known and worked with Rosario Stornello for over 5 years. And, time and again, I've witnessed his impeccable integrity, fierce advocacy, and true loyalty. He has an extensive grasp of the intricacies of criminal law and always takes extra time to communicate them in plain English."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rosario is my "go to" person whenever a client needs criminal defense advice or representation. His years of experience as a DA give him a wealth of knowledge and skill to successfully defend all types of criminal matters. Plus, his experience takes him beyond Houston to all surrounding counties. I strongly endorse Rosario."
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