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James A. Randazzo

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James A. Randazzo has been practicing law for over 25 years. He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County from 1989 through 1995, where he tried more than 30 cases to verdict.

As a seasoned litigator, Mr. Randazzo has extensive experience in defending municipal civil rights and tort actions and related civil proceedings, from pre-pleading stage investigation and intervention through final appellate review of trial court verdicts.

Awards

  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers - Litigator of the Year- Civil Litigation - 2019
  • American Academy of Attorneys - Top 100 of 2020 - Civil Litigation
  • Lawyers of Distinction - Recognizing Excellence in Civil Litigation - for 2019
  • Lawyers of Distinction - Recognizing Excellence in Civil Litigation - for 2020

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Experience

Mr. Randazzo has been lead counsel in numerous civil court matters both in New York State Supreme Courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, including over 40 jury trials, and has successfully argued in the State Appellate Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Since 1995, Mr. Randazzo has provided a wide variety of legal advice and services to over 50 municipalities and school districts. Mr. Randazzo’s knowledge and expertise span various areas of municipal law, including general liability, public official liability (wrongful arrests, malicious prosecution, excessive force and other civil rights violations), “Dram Shop” issues, premises liability, vehicular liability, issues related to the design, construction and maintenance of public roads, and labor and employment law.

    Professional & Bar Association Memberships
    • Westchester County Bar Association
    • Columbian Lawyers Association
    • DRI
    • Federal Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association - Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
    • New York State Bar Association - Labor and Employment Section
    • New York State Bar Association - Municipal Law Section
    • New York State Bar Association - Criminal Justice Section
    • Super Lawyers 2020
    • American Institute of Trial Lawyers
    • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
    • BBB A+ Rating
    • Lawyers of Distinction
    • New Yrok State Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • United States District Court Eastern District of New York
    • New York State Defenders Association
    • Westchester County Bar Association
    • NYSACDL
    • NYSTLA
    • Columbian Lawyers Association
    • Avvo Client's Choice 2014
    • Nationally Ranked Superior DUI Attorney 2015

    Client Testimonials

    There for Our Clients Every Step of The Way
    • A million thank you's could NEVER be enough

      “I had met Richard 16 years ago while he was visiting another client never realizing that one day I would have to actually put his number to use and have to hire him for my children. He has worked with ...”

      - Anonymous
    • "The best of the best"

      “Richard and Hannah fought for my son who was charged with a crime he did not commit. They believed in my son and obtained the necessary evidence to make a motion to dismiss the case. They filed the ...”

      - Ted E. N.
    • He took the time to explain how the legal system works and its process, which helped us understand what was going on.

      “I would highly recommend Richard Portale of the law firm – Portale Randazzo for any criminal or legal issues you may have. He was very knowledgeable and informative. He took the time to explain how ...”

      - FC
    • Richard became more than our attorney, Richard is a family friend

      “When my teen son was arrested for attempted murder and possession of a firearm, I felt our family was faced with the deepest and most painful experience life could offer. I felt hopeless and powerless ...”

      - Anonymous
    • Effective in preventing the total destruction of my life

      “After a long and productive life measured by professional and family success recent years saw me suffer a downward spiral in mental health. Increasingly my sense of self-worth diminished. I’m not sure ...”

      - Anonymous
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    Proven Results

    Real Cases
    • No Jail Time Arson / Theft / Grand Larceny – Arson Charge
    • All Charges Dismissed Assault / Attempted Murder / CPW – Mount Vernon Dad Shoots Assailant
    • All Charges Dismissed Assault / Criminal Trespass / Harassment – Confrontation With Police Chief
    • All Charges Dismissed Assault / Reckless Driving / Leaving the Scene – Auto Accident
    • Plea Deal Assault / Reckless Endangerment / Reckless Driving / Resisting Arrest – Police High Speed Car Chase Defense
    • All Charges Dismissed CPW / Menacing – Teenage Actor Cornered by Thugs – Acts in Self-Defense
    • All Charges Dismissed CPW / Violation of Parole – Possession of an Illegal Weapon Dropped
    • All Charged Dismissed Criminal Nuisance / EWC – Westchester Mom Studying for Ph.D.
    • All Charges Dismissed Drugs / Cocaine – B Felony Cocaine Case
    • Motion denied. Affirmed on appeal. Excessive Force and Malicious Prosecution
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    Why Choose Us?

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    • Individualized Representation
    • Focused on Achieving the Most Favorable Result Possible for You
    • All Former Prosecutors for Westchester County
    • Proven Track Record with an Incredibly High Success Rate
    • Backed by Over 100 Years of Combined Experience

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