Tom Anelli

Top rated DUI-DWI attorney in Syracuse, New York

Tom Anelli
Tom Anelli
Tom Anelli

Practice Areas: DUI-DWI, Criminal defense; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1997

Education: St. Thomas University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015

Tom Anelli

272 West Jefferson Street
Syracuse, NY 13202 Visit website


A criminal defense attorney with Tom Anelli and Associates, PC, Tom Anelli represents those who have been accused of committing crimes in the state of New York. With over two decades of experience, he has proven to be a zealous advocate for the rights and best interests of his clients. Known as one of the best DUI defense attorneys in the area, he is passionate about the liberties and rights afforded to anyone facing criminal charges.

In 1993, Mr. Anelli received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Syracuse University, then attended law school at St. Thomas University College of Law. There, he earned his Juris Doctor degree, and he is now certified by Walden Platt as an instructor and practitioner in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST). He has a “Superb” rating on Avvo, and he is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Anelli is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In addition to his work with professional legal organizations, he is actively involved with his community and was an integral part of the Safe Ride Home Program.

A published author, Mr. Anelli is known for his knowledge and experience in DUI cases, and has been a guest on Court TV, CBS, The Learning Channel and News Ten Now. Whether a client has had a lapse in judgment or has been wrongfully accused, he offers the same commitment and dedication to every case.

* 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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal defense

Focus areas

DUI/DWI, Traffic violations

  • 70% Criminal defense: DUI/DWI
  • 30% Criminal defense

First Admitted: 1997, New York

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, THE DUI Book, New York Edition, A Citizen’s Handbook on Fighting a Drunk Driving Case DUI Book, New York Edition, A Citizen’s Handbook on Fighting a Drunk Driving Case
  • Selected as Super Lawyer
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • AVVO Attorney Rating - 9.1 Superb
  • BV Rating, Distinguished Lawyer, Very High Legal Ability Martindale Hubbell, 2010
Educational Background:
  • Syracuse University, Bachelor of Arts, English, 1993
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Commentary, Joran Van Der Sloot Documentary, CBS New Production
  • Commentary, Natalee Holloway Documentary, The Learning Channel, 2010
  • Live Trial Commentary, Ward Case, Court TV/Tru TV, 2009
  • Live Trial Commentary, Nauman Case, Court TV/Tru TV, 2009
  • DWI Defense Instructor, Lorman CLE Event, DWI Update, 2008
  • Live Trial Commentary, Hough Case, Court TV/ Tru TV, 2008  
  • Live Trial Commentary, Walker Case, Court TV/ Tru TV, 2008
  • Legal Commentary, Police Chief Charged with DWI, News Ten Now, 2007
  • Live Trial Commentary, Haq Case, Court TV/ Tru TV, 2007
  • Live Trial Commentary, Entwistle Case, Court TV/ Tru TV, 2007
  • DWI Commentary, News Story, WTVH News Channel5, 2006
  • DWI Commentary, News Story, WSYR News Channel9, 2006
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, 1997-Present
  • New York Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • National College of DUI Defense, Member, 2004-Present
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • "Safe Ride Home Program", 2006
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Practitioner in Field Sobriety Testing, Walden Platt, 2007
  • Certified Instructor Field Sobriety Testing, Walden Platt, 2008
  • Certified Science of Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing, 2008
Industry Groups:
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National College Of DUI Defense

Office location for Tom Anelli

272 West Jefferson Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Phone: 877-849-3192


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015

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