Robert J. Aiello | Partner | Aiello & Cannick

Robert AielloUpon earning a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in 1981 and studying at the London School of Economics, Robert J. Aiello went on to obtain his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Fordham University School of Law in 1984. Initially gaining valuable experience working at the New York State Department of Labor, he also served as a campaign aide for Governor Mario Cuomo and as a law intern in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Aiello began his legal career working as an assistant district attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office in 1984 and served in the Criminal Court Bureau, Grand Jury Bureau, Supreme Court Bureau, Major Offense Bureau and Homicide Trial Bureau.

After eight years in public service, Mr. Aiello became a founding member and partner in the law firm of Aiello & Cannick in 1991, where he is devoted primarily to criminal defense in State and Federal Courts as well as real estate matters. Continuing to flourish at the firm, he also served as counsel to the Codes Committee of the New York State Assembly under the leadership of former chairman Joseph R. Lentol. Presently, Mr. Aiello maintains membership with the National College for DUI Defense, New York County Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Queens County Bar Association, Columbian Lawyers’ Association, Catholic Lawyers’ Association, Queens County Assistant District Attorney Association and New York State Trial Attorneys.

For his outstanding work in the field of criminal defense, Mr. Aiello was recognized among the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys on Long Island by Long Island Pulse Magazine in 2009 and the Top 100 Power Lawyers in Criminal Defense by Lawyers of Distinction. He was also honored as the Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense through the American Institute of Legal Professionals and likewise cited among the Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in the State of New York by the National Trial Lawyers in 2020. Mr. Aiello attributes his vast success to hard work, finding the weakness in a case and spending ample time and energy in his work. In addition, he got his work ethic from his parents who were hard workers, disciplined and well organized.

Outside of his legal profession, Mr. Aiello is an active member of the board of directors for the Don Monti Foundation at North Shore/LIJ Hospital and serves as president of Maspeth Town Hall. He was a former member of the Board of Governors for the Columbia Citizens Foundation, as well as the former chairman of the High School Scholarship Committee for the Columbus Citizens Foundation. He continues to dedicate his time as the founder and president of the Point Pirouette Homeowners Foundation as well as the founder and chairman of the Patchogue Shores Beach Beautification Committee. Looking ahead, Mr. Aiello hopes to experience the continued growth and success of his career.

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