About | Richard Portale Criminal Lawyer Westchester DWI Attorney
Westchester Criminal Lawyer Richard A. Portale is Senior Criminal Trial Counsel with Gaines, Gruner, Ponzini & Novick, LLP. He received his BA from the University of Buffalo and his JD from John Marshall Law School. While at UB, Mr. Portale majored in Interdisciplinary Studies, Classics and Philosophy of Law, and played football, basketball and rugby.
After receiving his JD, Mr. Portale moved to Westchester, New York where he studied for the Bar while simultaneously co-managing the re-election campaign of then Westchester County DA – Jeanine Pirro. That year, Ms. Pirro received a greater percentage of votes for DA than any candidate in Westchester County history.
In January 1998, Mr. Portale was hired as an ADA at the Westchester County DA’s Office. During his near 5 year tenure there, he rose through the ranks: from Motions and Appeals, to Grand Jury, to Narcotics and Gangs. In his career as a prosecutor, Mr. Portale achieved a conviction in every case he tried but one (Lou Galgano).
Mr. Portale Left the DA’s Office in 2002 and joined one of the most successful Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Firms in the nation – Duffy, Duffy & Burdo, where he further honed his trial and litigation skills.
Criminal Lawyer Westchester
Longing to return to his true passion – Criminal Law, Richard Portale established his own defense practice as a Criminal Lawyer Westchester County and started making his mark by trying and winning a number of impossible cases. In May, 2008, Mr. Portale was named partner at Pappalardo & Pappalardo, one of the busiest criminal practices in the tri-state area. On January, 1, 2012, Mr. Portale was named Senior Criminal Trial Counsel at Gaines, Gruner, Ponzini & Novick, LLP, where he is charged with establishing a criminal division at the boutique litigation firm.
As a New York Criminal Lawyer, Mr. Portale has an almost flawless record, he has tried dozens of different cases to verdict over the last 15 years and he has lost 5. He is admitted to the Bar of New York State and the United States Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.