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Anthony M. La Pinta

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Representing criminal defendants and personal injury plaintiffs for more than 23 years

Anthony M. La Pinta is one of Long Island's most respected and successful trial attorneys. He has been practicing law for more than 23 years, focusing on all phases of federal and state criminal defense and serious personal injury cases.

Mr. La Pinta is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and has earned a "Superb" rating with Avvo.com, an online attorney client review and peer rating resource. He has been described by members of the judiciary as "an attorney of the highest caliber" and "one of the finest lawyers" on Long Island.

Mr. La Pinta has successfully defended many high-profile cases that have drawn national media attention. He has extensive experience representing, at the trial and appellate levels, individuals and businesses that have been investigated or charged with both white collar and violent crimes. He has represented clients charged with conspiracy, Hobbs Act violations, money laundering, murder, racketeering, mail and wire fraud, public corruption, narcotics distribution, larceny, robbery, burglary, DWI, and all other offenses in both federal and state courts.

Also maintaining a significant civil law practice, Mr. La Pinta represents plaintiffs in all serious personal injury matters such as wrongful death, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, construction accidents, work-related accidents and professional liability cases. He has obtained numerous noteworthy trial verdicts and settlements in courts throughout the New York metropolitan region.

Sharing his extensive knowledge and experience

Mr. La Pinta has been an adjunct professor of criminal law at St. Joseph's College since 2008. He is routinely invited to lecture on the topic of trial advocacy at Touro Law School and the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations. He has been invited to participate in the Yale University Mock Trial Invitational Competition and has been an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy since 2004.

Mr. La Pinta is an expert litigator who brings enormous energy, personal attention and an unmatched determination to every client he represents. His ability and reputation as a fierce advocate has produced outstanding results for his clients.


  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1991
  • State University of New York College, Oswego, New York
    • B.S., Business Administration - 1988
  • State University of New York College at Oswego
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law, St. Josephs University, Patchogue, New York, 2009 to Present
  • Instructor of Trial Advocacy, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Boulder Colorado, 2004 to Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Touro Law School, Central Islip, New York, 2015 to Present
  • Touro Law School, Guest Lecturer
  • Suffolk County Bar Association, Guest Lecturer
  • Huntington Lawyers Association, Guest Lecturer
  • Suffolk County Community College, Guest Lecturer
  • National Business Institute, Guest Lecturer
  • Federal Bar Association, EDNY, Guest Lecturer, 2001 to Present

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Yale University Mock Trial Program, 2013 to Present
  • Prison Families Anonymous, Legal Advisor, 1993 to Present
  • Board Member, Children of Bedford, 1993 to 2009
  • Special Counsel, Village of Babylon, 2017

Past Positions

  • Reynolds, Caronia, Gianelli & La Pinta, P.C., Managing Partner, 2003
  • Anthony M. La Pinta, Esq., P.C., 1993 to 2003
  • New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, 1993
  • Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, Media, Pennsylvania, 1990 to 1992
  • Honorable James Crumlish, Jr., Law Clerk, 1989 to 1990
  • Fair Housing Compliance Officer, Incorporated Village of Garden City, New York, 2014
  • Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Special Prosecutor, 2017

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1993
  • New Jersey, 1993
  • Connecticut, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1993


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, 2014-Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Recognized as a “Super Lawyer”, New York Metro Edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2017
  • Earned a “Superb” rating with Avvo.com, a client and attorney peer review rating resource, 2014
  • Social Justice Award, Islip Town Democratic Committee, 2008


  • Italian

Professional Associations

  • Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association, Past President, 2006 to 2007
  • Suffolk County Bar Association, Member/Ethics Committee
  • Suffolk County Bar Association, Chairperson, Professional Ethics and Civility Committee, 2008 to 2010
  • Suffolk County Bar Association, Member, Attorney Grievance Committee, 2009 to 2015
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Nassau County Criminal Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, Member, 2001 to Present
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2002 to Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, Board of Directions, 2000 to Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2006 to Present
  • Homicide Panel of the Suffolk County Assigned Defender Plan, Member, 2001 to Present
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Member, 1995 to Present
  • New York State Defenders Association, Member, 1998 to Present
  • Suffolk County Democratic Committee, Counsel, 2017 to Present
  • Suffolk County Community College Board of Trustees, Counsel, 2017 to Present
  • Attorney Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District, 2015 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney