James L. Riotto

James L. Riotto: Attorney with The Law Office of James L. Riotto

Biography

Serving Monroe County, Ontario County, Orleans County, Livingston County, Wayne County and Genesee County

James L. Riotto is a lawyer in Rochester who has an impressive law enforcement background combined with substantial criminal defense experience. His extensive experience as a state trooper and within law enforcement and criminal prosecution has provided him with a unique perspective that sets him apart from other Rochester criminal defense attorneys. Clients get the benefit of an attorney with a clear understanding of both sides of their legal issues.


State and federal law enforcement experience

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Riotto graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in Glynco, Georgia with honors, and subsequently took positions as an officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and then with the New York State Department of Corrections. After being certified as a New York State Police Officer at the University Police Department at SUNY Oswego, in 2000 he became a New York State Trooper specializing in criminal investigations, traffic enforcement and DWI.

Mr. Riotto’s education and experience provide him with detailed knowledge of the various systems, policies and procedures utilized by New York and federal law enforcement agencies. As a New York State Certified Instructor, he educated New York police recruits before deciding to use his experience to pursue a career in the legal field.


Legal background in criminal prosecution and defense

Mr. Riotto began his legal career by completing internships with state, city, county and federal judges in New York. In those positions, he researched various civil and criminal issues and assisted with drafting judicial opinions. During law school, he worked at the New York State Liquor Authority, where he reviewed investigative reports, Alcohol Beverage Control ("ABC") violations and liquor license applications, and helped decide whether to approve or deny the applications.

Before beginning his practice as a Rochester criminal defense attorney, Mr. Riotto took a position with the New York State Attorney General's Office, Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, where he researched investigations, drafted criminal charges and assisted in many high-profile criminal investigations into state agencies, including the New York State Police. Mr. Riotto went on to work at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, Major Offense Bureau, where he contributed to prosecuting several felony criminal matters, including DWI offenses.

In 2008, Mr. Riotto received the Daniel S. Dwyer Fellowship Stop DWI Award, established in 2001 and awarded to a law student to assist in the prosecution of DWI cases. The fellowship recipient must have achieved superior academic standing and have demonstrated an interest in criminal law. As a Rochester DWI attorney, he is able to utilize the experience he gained in that role.

Areas of Practice (36)

  • General Practice
  • College Student Criminal Defense
  • DWI/DUI
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Parole and Probation Violations
  • Drug-Related Crimes
  • Felony Cases
  • Drug Crimes
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • White Collar Crime
  • White Collar Fraud
  • Homicide
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Mail Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Weapons Charges
  • Burglary
  • Assault and Battery
  • Extortion
  • Theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Wiretapping
  • Search and Seizure
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Grand Jury Practice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
585-546-4001  Phone
585-262-2610  Fax
www.riottolaw.com
Law School Attended:
Albany Law School, J.D.
Year of First admission:
2011
Admission:
2011,New York;2011,U.S. District Court, Western District of New York;2012,U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Memberships:
New York State Bar Association; Monroe County Bar Association; New York State Defender's Association;
Birth Information:
1968
ISLN:
921996087

Peer Reviews

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    5.0/5.0 by a Senior Associate on 01/23/17 in Criminal Defense on 01/23/17

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    5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 01/16/17 in Driving While Intoxicated on 01/16/17

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    5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 01/16/17 in Criminal Defense on 01/16/17

    Good guy. If I'm in need of a motion he's done that I haven't, he's always helpful and happy to pass it along.

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    Good guy. If I'm in need of a motion he's done that I haven't, he's always helpful and happy to pass it along.

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    5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 01/08/17 in Criminal Defense on 01/08/17

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    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 01/07/17 in Criminal Defense on 01/07/17

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    5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 05/12/15 in DUI/DWI on 05/12/15

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    5.0/5.0 by a Senior Associate on 05/04/15 in Criminal Defense on 05/04/15

    In Court, James Riotto is always prepared and his clients are well represented by him.

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    In Court, James Riotto is always prepared and his clients are well represented by him.

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    5.0/5.0 by a Government Counsel on 04/27/15 in Criminal Defense on 04/27/15

    James' background in law enforcement provides him with unique insight into the criminal justice system and makes him an excellent advocate for his clients.

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    James' background in law enforcement provides him with unique insight into the criminal justice system and makes him an excellent advocate for his clients.

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    5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 04/26/15 in Criminal Defense on 04/26/15

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    4.8/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 01/23/17 in Criminal Defense on 01/23/17

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    5.0/5.0 on 06/04/17 on 06/04/17

    I highly recommend Mr. Riotto law office. They represented me for two cases I had and both of the cases we came out with a victory. If your looking for a lawyer that genu...

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    I highly recommend Mr. Riotto law office. They represented me for two cases I had and both of the cases we came out with a victory. If your looking for a lawyer that genuinely cares about your case Mr. Riotto and staff are your solution. Me and my family thank you James and staff!

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    5.0/5.0 on 05/22/17 on 05/22/17

    Highly recommended great team of professionals!Exellent outcome!

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    Highly recommended great team of professionals!Exellent outcome!

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    5.0/5.0 on 05/15/17 on 05/15/17

    I highly recommend Mr Riotto, helped me out greatly with my speeding ticket!

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    I highly recommend Mr Riotto, helped me out greatly with my speeding ticket!

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    5.0/5.0 on 03/02/17 on 03/02/17

    All of my contact was handled very promptly and professionally.{newline}They were very knowledgeable and made me feel like my case was as important to them as it was to m...

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    All of my contact was handled very promptly and professionally.{newline}They were very knowledgeable and made me feel like my case was as important to them as it was to me.

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    5.0/5.0 on 02/28/17 on 02/28/17

    I highly recommend the Law Office of James L. Riotto. The entire staff is professional, knowledgeable and always willing to help. Mr. Riotto's legal prowess coupled with...

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    I highly recommend the Law Office of James L. Riotto. The entire staff is professional, knowledgeable and always willing to help. Mr. Riotto's legal prowess coupled with his background in law enforcement give him the ability to be empathetic to his client's circumstances while relentlessly striving for the best possible outcome.

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    5.0/5.0 on 12/08/16 on 12/08/16

    Everyone I've talked to in this office has always been kind and very helpful. I've used them a couple of times now and am very happy with the outcomes and how well they'v...

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    Everyone I've talked to in this office has always been kind and very helpful. I've used them a couple of times now and am very happy with the outcomes and how well they've communicated with me.

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    5.0/5.0 on 12/03/16 on 12/03/16

    I would like to say what an amazing job your office did for me. Your team really saved me and helped me save costs. I want to give a shout out to an amazing person who wo...

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    I would like to say what an amazing job your office did for me. Your team really saved me and helped me save costs. I want to give a shout out to an amazing person who worked tirelessly for me.. Chelsea Gardner!! She is awesome. James, I tell everyone I know to call you and your team. True professionals and they do what they say!!

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    5.0/5.0 on 11/15/16 on 11/15/16

    Mr. Riotto was very responsive to us on our initial call as throughout the legal process. It was very clear how he was approaching the case and what the outcome may be....

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    Mr. Riotto was very responsive to us on our initial call as throughout the legal process. It was very clear how he was approaching the case and what the outcome may be. It can be unsettling hiring an attorney we did not know. He very quickly put our minds to rest.

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    5.0/5.0 on 10/24/16 on 10/24/16

    Mr. Riotto recently handled a speeding ticket for me and I couldn't be happier with the results and service. His rates are reasonable and affordable. He and his staff wer...

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    Mr. Riotto recently handled a speeding ticket for me and I couldn't be happier with the results and service. His rates are reasonable and affordable. He and his staff were great about getting back to me quickly whenever I had any questions and they were always very polite and professional. And when all was said and done, my ticket was reduced and the fine was significantly less than I had expected. I'd strongly recommend this office to anyone in need of legal help.

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    5.0/5.0 on 09/19/16 on 09/19/16

    James was so helpful and made us feel so comfortable in what was a foreign process. We are so thankful we found him and would definitely recommend him to friends and fami...

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    James was so helpful and made us feel so comfortable in what was a foreign process. We are so thankful we found him and would definitely recommend him to friends and family!

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