Richard A. Portale

Mr. Portale is known as a pit bull in the courtroom and at the negotiating table and he has the results to prove it.

While attending the University of Buffalo Mr. Portale majored in Interdisciplinary Studies, Classics, and Philosophy of Law, and graduated with Honors. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Mr. Portale played football, basketball, and rugby. After receiving his Juris Doctor, Mr. Portale moved to Westchester County, New York where he studied for the New York Bar Exam while he co-managed the re-election campaign of then Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. That year, Ms. Pirro received a greater percentage of votes than any candidate in Westchester County history.

In January 1998, Mr. Portale was hired as an Assistant District Attorney at The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. During his almost five year tenure he was promoted through the ranks as follows: starting in the Motions and Appeals Unit, the Grand Jury Bureau, the Investigations Division, and finally the Gangs Unit of the Investigations Bureau. Mr. Portale Left the DA’s Office and joined one of the most successful Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Firms in the nation – Duffy, Duffy & Burdo, where he further honed his trial and litigation skills.

Longing to return to his true passion, criminal law, Mr. Portale pursued his dream and established his own practice in Westchester County, with a concentration in criminal matters. In May of 2009, Mr. Portale joined the firm of Pappalardo & Pappalardo as a partner.  In January, 2012, Richard was named Senior Criminal Defense Attorney at the law firm of Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti, LLP.  In May, 2014, Mr. Portale resurrected the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, and has become one of the busiest criminal practices in the tri-state area.  Mr. Portale has tried over a hundred cases to verdict – with a success rate that is second to none. He is admitted to the Bar of New York State, the United States Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Professional & Bar Association Memberships:

  • New York State Bar Association (Criminal Law Section)
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • NYS Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • NY State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Columbian Lawyers Association

Other Interests: Following a 10 year career playing for the International Rugby League for the Unites States – Mr. Portale now and has for the past 5 years. served as Legal Counsel to the American National Rugby League. In addition, Mr. Portale and his business partner Danny Bull founded the Connecticut Wildcats – their very own Rugby Team ( The Wildcats have won 3 National Championships in their short five years of existence. Mr. Portale is also an avid Snowboarder – he enjoys dropping off cliffs and other risky maneuvers and is just learning to play the guitar. Please like him on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, and read his Blog: The Hanover County Courthouse.