Richard A. Sinapi

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Warwick, RI

Sinapi Law Associates, Ltd.
 | 2374 Post Road, Suite 201
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-384-0186
Fax: 401-739-9040
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1983
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (40%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (10%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Representing clients in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Richard A. Sinapi is the principal and managing attorney at Sinapi Law Associates, Ltd. He has decades of experience in his practice areas, which include employment law, personal injury, workers’ compensation, real estate law and civil rights matters.

    In 1980, Mr. Sinapi received a Bachelor of Arts and graduated summa cum laude from Colby College. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor and graduate cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1983.

    Mr. Sinapi not only advocates for clients in the courtroom, but he is also an avid lobbyist. He has personally co-drafted and helped pass laws and revise regulations. In fact, GoLocalProv listed Mr. Sinapi as one of the top lobbyists in the construction industry.

    In the courtroom, Mr. Sinapi is a seasoned litigator who knows how to develop a convincing argument. Additionally, he is a mediator, arbitrator and guardian ad litem. This lends itself to finding cost-effective solutions outside trial.

    Being fully invested in a client’s case is key to helping them reach their goals. Time and again, Mr. Sinapi demonstrates his ability to blend personalized attention with aggressive representation. That is part of the reason he holds an Avvo “Superb” rating; the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Rhode Island presented him with its William G. McLoughlin First Amendment Award; and the American Institute of Legal Counsel has named him in its “10 Best” list.

    A former adjunct professor for several universities, Mr. Sinapi is also a published author. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Rhode Island Association for Justice.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 20%Civil Rights
    • 10%State, Local & Municipal
    • 10%Real Estate: Consumer
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employee, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination, State, Local & Municipal Litigation, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense


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    Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020

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    About Richard Sinapi

    Admitted: 1983, Rhode Island

    Professional Webpage:


    • William G. McLoughlin First Amendment Award by Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (RIACLU), 2010
    • Life Member, National Registry of Who’s Who

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Rhode Island Real Estate Brokers' License
    • R.I. Bar Association Mediation Program, Court-annexed Arbitrator, Labor Arbitrator, Mediator

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chairperson, Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, 1998-1999
    • Supreme Court of the United States, 1997
    • Board of Governors, RIAJ, 2010-Present
    • American Bar Association
    • Member, Rhode Island Association of Justice
    • Delegate, Rhode Island Bar Association House of Delegates, 2000-Present
    • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, 1984
    • American Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member, Workers' Compensation Bench/Bar Committee
    • Member, American Association of Justice
    • Member, Rhode Island Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee
    • Member, Board of Directors, Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation
    • State of Rhode Island, 1983
    • RIBA House of Delegates, 2000-Present
    • Justinian Law Society, Rhode Island
    • Member, Rhode Island Bar Association
    • United States Supreme Court First Circuit Court of Appeals
    • First Circuit Court of Appeals, 1994

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member, Greater Warwick Lions Club, 2011-Present
    • Coach, WSA Recreational Soccer, 2005-2011, 2013
    • Membership Chair, Greater Warwick Lions Club, 2012-Present
    • Rhode Island ACLU Co-operating Attorney
    • Coach, St. Gregory Little League, 2005-2014

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “Build a Casino in Providence,” Op Ed Article, Providence Journal, December 1, 2011
    • “Avoiding Broker Liability: Enter the Independent Home Inspector,” Second Opinion Home Inspection, Inc. Newsletter, October, 1987
    • Authored four part series on Criminal Justice entitled “In the Boston Municipal Court. . .” for the Harvard Law School newspaper, 1983
    • “The Real Losers,” Rhode Island Bar Journal, March, 2001
    • Moderator and Presenter, Remedies for Wage and Hour Claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Rhode Island Minimum Wage Act, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2015
    • Presenter, Remedies under State and Federal Leave and Disability Acts and State Workers' Compensation Act, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2015
    • Moderator and Presenter, Remedies for Wrongful Termination in an Employment at-Will State, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2013
    • Moderator and Presenter, New Claims and Remedies for State Wage and Hour Violations, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2013
    • YES RI coalition of industry, attorney and government volunteers promoting workplace safety and health among teen worker, 2009-Present, Presenter
    • Presenter, Lorman Education Services seminar on Writing and Revising Student Handbooks and Other Related School Issues in Rhode Island (Topic: “Fourth Amendment Issues in Public Schools”), 2001
    • Moderator, Panel Discussion Seminar on Remedies for Litigants, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1998
    • Moderator, Panel Discussion Seminar on Ethics in Discovery, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1997
    • CLE seminar on Ethics in Discovery, Co-Presenter, 1996
    • “Ban Most Firearms, as Japan Does,” Op Ed Article, Providence Journal, December 27, 2012
    • “The Real Losers,” The Docket (Roger Williams Law School newspaper), February, 2001
    • “The Real Losers,” Cranston Herald, January 25, 2001
    • “Fourth Amendment Issues in Public Schools,” Lorman Education Services seminar materials (Writing and Revising Student Handbooks and Other Related School Issues in Rhode Island), April, 2001
    • “They Don't Still Burn Witches, Do They?,”  Op Ed article in Kent County Daily Times, July 22, 1991
    • “The Use of Interrogatories in Rhode Island after Eleazer v. Ted Reed Thermal,” Rhode Island Bar Journal, December, 1990
    • “Broker Liability: When is 'Puffing' Misrepresentation and Non-Disclosure ‘Negative Fraud’”, Second Opinion Home Inspection, Inc. Newsletter, July, 1987
    • Relating to Property-Mechanics’Liens (P.L. 2015, ch. 258, §1; P.L. 2015, ch. 279, §1)             R.I.G.L.§34-28-4.1
    • Relating to Public Property and Works (P.L. 2014, ch. 400, §1; P.L. 2014, ch. 357, §1) R.I.G.L. §§37-2-27.1 through 27.4
    • Relating to Businesses and Professions-Contractors' Registration Board (P.L. 2012, ch. 293, §1) R.I.G.L. §5-65-10
    • Relating to State Affairs and Government-Department of Labor and Training (P.L. 2012, ch 424, §1) R.I.G.L. §§42-16.1-2 and 44-1-2
    • Relating to Labor and Labor Relations-Payment of Wages  Training (P.L. 2012, ch 306, §1) §§28-12-19, 28-14-19, 19.1-19.3; 28-50-4
    • Relating to Public Records - Access to Public Records (P.L. 2012, ch 423, §1) §38-2-2
    • Omnibus Fair Contracting Standards Act (P.L. 2011, ch 396, §1 and ch. 332, §1) R.I.G.L. §37-13-13
    • Competitive Sealed Bid (P.L. 2010, ch 221, §1) R.I.G.L. §37-2-18
    • Rhode Island Home Inspector Licensing Law (P.L. 2000, ch. 140, §1) R.I.G.L. §5-65.1-1, et seq.
    • Strip Searches of Detainees Act (proposed bill pending before General Assembly 2002) R.I.G.L. §12-7.1-1, et seq.
    • Relating To Labor and Labor Relations - Urine and Blood Tests (P.L. 2011, ch 221, §1 and ch. 324, §1)
    • Model Secondary and Elementary School Search and Seizure Policy
    • Apprenticeship Ratio Regulations (Department of Labor and Training 2009)


    • Taylor v. State of R.I. Dept. of Corrections, 908 F.Supp. 92 (D.R.I. 1995), reversed, 101 F.3d 780 (1st Cir. 1996) cert. denied, 117 S.Ct. 2480 (1997)
    • Thomas K. Jones v. Town of West Warwick, C.A. No. 08-375T (U.S.D.C., Dist. of. R.I.)
    • State v. von Bulow, 475 A.2d 995 (R.I. 1984)
    • Sierra Development Corporation v. Higgins, C.A. No. 87-0649-T (U.S.D.C., Dist. of R.I.)
    • Samir Chreim, v. Board of Governors for Higher Education of the State of Rhode Island, C.A. No. 92-0060-P (U.S.D.C., Dist. of R.I.)
    • Family Housing Development Corporation v. Housing Authority of the City of Providence, C.A. No. 95-373-T (U.S.D.C., Dist. of R.I.)
    • Driver v. Town of Richmond, 570 F.Supp.2d 269 (D.R.I. 2008)
    • Judith Reilly v City of Providence, C.A. No. 10-461S, 2013 WL 1193352 (U.S.D.C., Dist. of R.I.)
    • Moniz v. St. Anne's Credit Union, C.A. No. 86-0554-P (U.S.D.C., Dist. of R.I.)
    • East Providence Credit Union/RISDIC Litigation, C.A. No. PC91-3473
    • Sylvia v. Vose, C.A. No. 94-597-B (U.S.D.C., Dist. of R.I.)
    • Williams v. City of Warwick, C.A. No. 01-194-L (U.S.D.C., Dist. of R.I.)
    • John O. Matson v. Town of North Kingstown, C.A. No. 10-435-ML (U.S.D.C., Dist. of R.I)
    • State v. Manocchio, 496 A.2d 931 (R.I. 1985)
    • Hanson Systems, Inc. v. International Business Machine Corp., C.A. No. 89-1028-Z (U.S.D.C., Dist. of Mass.)
    • Ducharme v. State of Rhode Island, C.A. No. 93-1675-B (U.S.D.C., Dist. of R.I.)

    Educational Background:

    • Toll Gate High school, Lettermen’s Club, Honors: Graduated third in class, National Merit Scholar, 1976
    • Colby College, suma cum laude

    Industry Groups

    • Construction
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    Office Location for Richard A. Sinapi

    2374 Post Road
    Suite 201
    Warwick, RI 02886

    Phone: 401-384-0186

    Fax: 401-739-9040

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