Since graduating from St. John's University School of Law in 1972, Mr. Rinaldo has been engaged almost exclusively in the practice of criminal law. Having honed his trial skills as a public defender, he has been in private practice for over 33 years and tried numerous federal and state cases. Mr. Rinaldo has achieved outstanding results in a wide range of matters, including drug cases, federal racketeering and gang prosecutions, wire fraud and child pornography cases.
Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, he successfully argued against the application of the federal Armed Career Criminal Act which resulted in the reversal of a 15 year mandatory minimum sentence.
Mr. Rinaldo is admitted to practice in the Courts of New York State, and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.