Robert Aiello

Aiello & Cannick
69-06 Grand Ave
Maspeth, NY 11378
(718) 426-0444

Robert J. Aiello is a principal and founding member of the law firm and a trial attorney.  His practice is devoted primarily to criminal defense in State and Federal Courts as well as real estate matters. Mr. Aiello has been involved in many high-profile cases throughout his career.  Some of his clients 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 one of the persons charged in the assault of Shane Daniels outside Club Marakash in Westhampton Beach in 1996.

In 2003, he represented Dennis Salvador Alvarez Hernandez who was charged with First Degree Capital Murder in Westchester County.  It was the first case in Westchester County where at the time, the then District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, sought the death penalty.  After a nine month trial the jury spared Mr. Alvarez’s life.  The verdict was hailed as a major victory for the defense as reported at the time in the New York Times, USA Today and the Journal News.  The trial received extensive pretrial and trial publicity on Channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11 and Westchester 12 as well as daily newspaper coverage in the Journal News.

Mr. Aiello was formerly with the Office of the District Attorney, Queens County where, for several years, he managed a full range of criminal matters from misdemeanor to major felonies.  Mr. Aiello 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.

While in private practice, Mr. Aiello also served as Counsel to New York State Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, 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 recently 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 Newark, New Jersey.

Mr. Aiello regularly attends seminars to keep abreast of the latest developments in State and Federal criminal defense and has been invited to speak at some of these seminars.  He has been qualified as an expert criminal attorney and one of only a handful selected to represent criminal defendants in capital murder cases.  He appears regularly as a guest commentator on Court TV.


Federal Criminal Defense Case Results
State Criminal Defense Case Results

Current Employment Position(s):

Partner, Aiello & Cannick and Trial Attorney.

Areas of Practice:

Federal and State Criminal Defense
Real Estate

Bar Admissions:

New York State (1985)
United States Supreme Court (1993)
District of Columbia (1987)
United States District Court, Southern District of New York (1986)
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York (1986)
United States District Court, Northern District of New York (1994)


Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY J.D. (1984)
Highlights:  Moot Court Board, Trial Advocacy Program
Trinity College, Hartford, CT, B.A.  (1981)
Highlights:  Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu,
George Keith Funston Economics Award
London School of Economics & Political Science, London, England (1980)
St. Paul’s School, Garden City, NY (1974-1977)
Highlights:  Editor, School Newspaper, Class President, Alumni Cup for Outstanding Graduate, Listed Who’s Who Among American High School Students

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Voted Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in New York State by the National Trial Lawyers 2020
Recognized for Excellence in Criminal Defense by Lawyers of Distinction 2020
Voted Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Law by the American Institute of Legal Professionals 2020
Voted Top 100 Power Lawyers in Criminal Defense by Lawyers of Distinction 2020 as published in the New York Times on September 6th 2020
Voted One of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys on Long Island by Long Island Pulse Magazine Fall 2009 Issue
Listed Who’s Who Among American Lawyers
Member, National College for DUI Defense
Member, New York County Bar Association
Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Member, Judicial Screening Committee, Nassau County Democratic Party
Member, Queens County Bar Association
Vice Chairman, Speaker’s Bureau, Queens County Bar Association
Member, Columbian Lawyers’ Association
Member, Catholic Lawyers’ Association
Member, Queens County Assistant District Attorney Association
Guest Lecturer for Columbian Lawyers Association (First Dept.)
Certified by New York State to handle Death Penalty Cases
Guest Commentator on Court TV, CNN and Channel 5
Live Appearances on Channels 2, 4, 7, 9, 11 and CNN

Past Employment Positions:

Counsel  Codes Committee, NYS Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, (1993  1995)
Queens County District Attorney’s Office (1984  1992)
Trial Assistant, Homicide Trial Division (1990  1992)
Trial Assistant, Major Offense Prosecution Bureau (1989  1990)
Trial Assistant, Supreme Court Trial Division (1986  1989)
Trial Assistant, Grand Jury Investigations (1985  1986)
Trial Assistant, Criminal Court Bureau (1984  1985)
Associate, Reid & Priest, New York, New York (1983)
Law Intern, U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District (1982)
Campaign Aide, Mario Cuomo for Governor (1982)
New York State Department of Labor (1979  1980)

Outside Interests:

Board of Governors, Columbus Citizens Foundation (1996  1999)
Chairman, High School Scholarship Committee, Columbus Foundation (1995  2000)
Board of Directors, Don Monti Foundation at North Shore Hospital (1992  Present)
Board of Directors, Maspeth Town Hall (2004  Present)
President, Maspeth Town Hall (2018  Present)
Board of Directors, Coalition Against Substance Abuse (2013  2017)
Founder & Chairman, Patchogue Shores Beach Beautification Committee (2005-Present)
Founder & President, Point Pirouette Homeowners Foundation (2015  Present)
Member, Maspeth Chamber of Commerce (1992  Present)
Coach, Manhasset Soccer Club (2004  2010)
Coach, St. Mary’s CYO Basketball (2008  2018)
Trinity College Alumni Association (1981  Present)
Fordham Law School Alumni Association (1984  Present)
London School of Economics Alumni Association (1981  Present)


Tennis, Jogging, Snow Skiing, Sailing, Boating and Travel
Member, North Hills Country Club, Manhasset, New York (1975  Present)
Member, New York Athletic Club, New York, New York (1982  Present)
Member, Columbus Citizen Foundation Club, New York, New York (1991  Present)

Personal Information:

Born 1959 in Brooklyn.  Married with two children.  Resides in Manhasset, New York


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