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  • Richard A. Portale
  • James A. Randazzo
  • Kenneth M. Calvey
  • Drew W. Summer
  • Michael K. Duffy
  • Brian J. Dolan
  • Mike Gilman
  • Richard A. Portale Richard A. Portale

    Attorney

    Richard A. Portale is known in and out of the courtroom for his passion, hard work, and commitment to justice.
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  • James A. Randazzo James A. Randazzo

    Attorney

    As a seasoned litigator, Mr. Randazzo has extensive experience in defending municipal civil rights and tort actions and related civil proceedings.
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  • Kenneth M. Calvey Kenneth M. Calvey

    Associate Attorney

    Kenneth M. Calvey focuses his practice in the area of criminal defense, zealously advocating on behalf of those that stand accused of a crime.
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  • Drew W. Summer Drew W. Summer

    Of Counsel

    Mr. Sumner’s litigation practice focuses on Civil Rights cases brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, employment matters, and commercial disputes.
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  • Michael K. Duffy Michael K. Duffy

    Of Counsel

    Mr. Duffy is of-counsel to the Firm. He was formerly associated with the firm of Collier, Halpern and Newberg, LLP, in White Plains.
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  • Brian J. Dolan Brian J. Dolan

    Junior Associate

    Brian J. Dolan is a Junior Associate attorney (pending admission) with Portale Randazzo LLP and joined the firm in 2020.
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  • Mike Gilman Mike Gilman

    Of Counsel

“When you are accused of a crime you want a seasoned warrior to defend you against what may seem like insurmountable odds, someone with a track record of fighting and winning, who will hold the Government to their burden of proof with a tenacious defense. You need someone who is not afraid to battle it out - for as long as it takes to emerge victorious.”


Attorney Richard A. Portale

Richard A. Portale is known in and out of the courtroom for his passion, hard work, and commitment to justice. Mr. Portale has consistently fought for the rights of his clients with a track record that speaks for itself.

His wide-ranging expertise includes the following:

No matter what the scope of the charges his clients are facing, Mr. Portale recognizes that the outcome of his work significantly impacts the lives of many. He and his team work tirelessly to do their very best for their clients.


Contact Portale Randazzo LLP for your initial consultation.


Previous Experience

Mr. Portale started his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for the Honorable Jeanine Pirro at the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. During his tenure, he rose through the ranks from Motions and Appeals to the Bureau of Investigations, where he prosecuted Narcotics, Firearms, and Gangs.

Following his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Portale transferred the skills he had honed into criminal defense work, spending the next twelve years building a reputation for being aggressive and calculated in the courtroom, helping lessen defendants' exposure to the criminal justice system.

High Profile Cases

Mr. Portale has been involved in numerous high-profile cases.

  • Very recently, in a case that garnered international media coverage, the People of the State of New York v. Angelika Graswald, Mr. Portale and his team masterfully crafted a defense after police claimed his Latvian client admitted she had murdered her fiancé in a kayak on the Hudson River in April, 2015. Undeterred by the murder charge and the evidence against his client, who faced a possible sentence of 25 years to life, Mr. Portale and his team worked tirelessly for over two years and were eventually able to overcome both Murder and Manslaughter, leveraging a plea to Criminal Negligence that allowed Ms. Graswald to be released in December, 2017.
  • Mr. Portale was co-counsel for Bill Clinton’s neighbor, Carlos Perez-Olivo (a criminal defense lawyer himself) who was charged with Second Degree Murder in 2008. At the trial, Mr. Portale was responsible for all the forensic evidence, in which he provided scientific proof that Mr. Olivo could not have been the one to shoot his wife.
  • In 2009, Mr. Portale was a member of the defense team of former NFL linebacker Eric Naposki, who was arrested and charged with first degree murder in Newport Beach, California.
  • In 2010, Mr. Portale was lead counsel for Westchester Police Officer James Pileggi on charges of Reckless Manslaughter for shooting and killing a friend in his car at point blank range – with his own off duty firearm. That trial resulted in a hung jury.
  • Immediately following the Pileggi trial, Mr. Portale defended Terry Carver, a longshoreman accused of breaking a screen, climbing in the window of his girlfriend’s apartment and stabbing her lover nine times in the chest and torso. Mr. Carver was acquitted in six hours.

In 2017, he and his partner James A. Randazzo founded the firm Portale Randazzo LLP, which concentrates on both criminal and civil defense.

Interviews

Mr. Portale has been interviewed and/or has contributed as a guest commentator on many news platforms, such as, Fox News, Justice with Jeanine Pirro, Dateline NBC, 20/20, CBS News 48 Hours, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post, Washington Post, and People Magazine.

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association (Criminal Law Section)
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Columbian Lawyers Association

Awards

  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers - 2019 Litigator of the Year
  • Super Lawyers - 2018
  • Lawyers of Distinction top 10% in the USA – Criminal Law
  • National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers - 2015, 2016, 2017
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys – Lifetime Achievement
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys – “10 Best” in client Satisfaction
  • Global Directory of Who’s Who – top lawyer 2016
  • National College for DUI Defense – Member, 2017
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense - Top 100 DWI Attorneys - New York City

Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, D.C. - Second Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division Second Department
  • New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division Fourth Department

Education & Personal Life

Mr. Portale attended the University of Buffalo as an undergraduate and soon after earned his Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall School of Law. He is originally from Buffalo, NY.

When not fighting for justice in the courtroom, Mr. Portale enjoys hiking, snowboarding, rugby, and spending time with his family.


Contact the firm today to get started on your case.


  • 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
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