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James L. Riotto

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Rochester, NY

Law Office of James Riotto
30 W. Broad St., Suite 306
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-371-5633
Fax: 585-219-6242
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021
Licensed in New York Since: 2011
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Attorney Profile

James L. Riotto, the founder of his own law firm, brings an extensive background in law enforcement and prosecution to his criminal defense practice for clients in Rochester, New York, and throughout the state. Mr. Riotto's practice is entirely focused in the area of criminal law. His representative matters include those involving DWI, white collar crime, traffic violations, drug violations, sex offenses and gun charges.

Before attending law school, Mr. Riotto first completed his undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Cortland. He then attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and graduated with honors. Mr. Riotto first worked as an officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and then with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision before obtaining his certification as a New York state police officer. He became a New York state trooper in 2000, amassing several years of experience investigating crimes before deciding to go to law school.

Mr. Riotto completed his Juris Doctor at the Albany Law School. Before deciding to go into criminal defense work, he worked for the criminal prosecutions bureau of the New York State Attorney General's Office and then for the Albany County District Attorney's Office, prosecuting cases in the office's major offenses bureau.

A dedicated criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Riotto is able to use his knowledge from law enforcement and prosecution to understand how the state builds its cases. His strong work has led him to receive the recognition of his peers. He is rated as AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, a peer reviewed rating reserved for lawyers who have reached the pinnacle of legal skill and ethics, and he holds a "Superb" rating from his peers through Avvo.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 50%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021

About James L. Riotto

First Admitted: 2011, New York

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Special Weapons, Self-Defense Training
  • Instructor Development Training, New York State Police
  • Adjunct instructor at the Bryant and Stratton paralegal instructor program
  • Adjunct criminal law and procedure instructor at The College at Brockport University
  • U.S. Marshal Training for High Profile Escort
  • U.S. Secret Service Prisoner Transport


  • New York State Police DWI Arrest Recognition Award, 2003, 2004 and 2005
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubble, 2015
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • Scholarship recipient from the New York State Greater Capital Chapter of the National Italian American Bar Association, 2009
  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • New York State Police Superintendents Accommodation Award, 2007
  • Daniel S. Dwyer Fellowship Stop DWI Award, 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015

Educational Background

  • Graduate, State University of New York College at Cortland, 1990
  • Graduate, with honors, Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New York State Bar Association, 2011
  • New York State Bar, 2011
  • New York State Defender's Association, 2011
  • Monroe County Bar Association, 2011


  • In the Matter of Parker v. Randall, 120 AD3d 946 (4th Dept 2014), 2014
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Office Location for James L. Riotto

30 W. Broad St.
Suite 306
Rochester, NY 14614

Phone: 585-371-5633

Fax: 585-219-6242

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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