Robert J. Aiello

Robert J. Aiello

Title: Founding Member, Partner
Company: Aiello & Cannick
Location: Maspeth, New York, United States

Robert J. Aiello, Founding Member and Partner of Aiello & Cannick, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in criminal defense and real estate law.

Devoted to criminal defense in state and federal courts as well as real estate matters, Mr. Aiello is renowned for representing his clients regarding criminal defense trial work, stock fraud, tax fraud and various other types of criminal cases. Prior to establishing his private practice, he formerly excelled with the Office of the District Attorney of Queens County, where he managed a full range of criminal matters from misdemeanors to major felonies.  Moreover, he supervised a group of Supreme Court trial attorneys and at 29 years old became one of the youngest trial Assistants in the Homicide Trial Bureau, where he served for over two years. Following the establishment of his private practice, he additionally served as counsel to New York State Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol and chairman of the Codes Committee, where he was responsible for research, analysis, preparation and drafting of legislative bills for the New York State Assembly.

Mr. Aiello initially obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in 1981. Garnering experience while studying abroad, he graduated with honors with a degree in economics and political science from the London School of Economics and Political Science that same year. Thereafter, he earned a Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law in 1984. He was subsequently licensed to practice law by the New York State Bar Association, the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Furthermore, he is certified to handle death penalty cases in New York State.

Mr. Aiello has dedicated his career to providing legal assistance to a multitude of high-profile cases. Notably, he represented Dennis Salvador Alvarez Hernandez, who was a candidate for the death penalty after being charged with first-degree capital murder in Westchester County. To Mr. Aiello’s credit, the jury spared Mr. Alvarez’s life, and the verdict was hailed as a groundbreaking victory for the defense. Various other clients of his have included Peter Guagenti, the driver in the Amy Fisher case in Nassau County, Patrick Bannon who shot and killed three people including an off-duty police officer outside a nightclub on Bell Boulevard in Bayside and Vincent DiFrancisco, who was charged in the assault of Shane Daniels outside Club Marakash in Westhampton Beach in 1996. Recently, he was involved representing one of the defendants charged in one of the largest commodities fraud cases brought in the Southern District of New York and also represented the former president of the Production Workers Union Local 148 who was charged with embezzlement and receiving kickbacks in a major union corruption case in New Jersey.

For his achievements in the field, Mr. Aiello has been honored with numerous accolades, including his recognition as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in New York State by the National Trial Lawyers, one of the Top 100 Power Lawyers in Criminal Defense by Lawyers of Distinction and One of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys on Long Island by Long Island Pulse Magazine. Additionally, he has been recognized for Excellence in Criminal Defense by Lawyers of Distinction and voted Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Law by the American Institute of Legal Professionals. Looking toward the future, he aims to continue maintaining his law practice but scaling back on the long trial work in an effort to remain active within the real estate industry. Above all, he is gratified to assist young people by providing internships and mentoring them regarding law school.

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