Richard A. Sinapi

Sinapi Law Associates, Ltd
Sinapi Law Associates, Ltd
2374 Post Road, Suite 201, Warwick, RI 02886 United States


RICHARD A. SINAPI is the principal and managing attorney of Sinapi Law Associates, Ltd. in Warwick, Rhode Island. He has nearly forty (40) years of experience in the general practice of law. His primary areas of practice are employment law and governmental affairs, including discrimination and harassment claims, leave act claims, unemployment benefits claims, collective action minimum wage and overtime claims, and workers’ compensation, as well as civil rights, municipal law, real estate, and personal injury. His practice also includes general civil litigation and real estate law, including both trial and appellate work as well as corporate and commercial law advice, representation, document preparation, and transaction closings. He has co-drafted and successfully lobbied for the passage of numerous pieces of legislation as well as revised agency regulations on behalf of Governmental Affairs clients, such as the local chapter of the ACLU, a home inspector’s association, and various construction industry contractors, trades, and associations, including the New England Mechanical Contractors Association and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.

Previously, he taught as an adjunct professor at Bryant University and Salve Regina University. He is a member of the Rhode Island Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee; Workers’ Compensation Bench/Bar Committee, American Bar Association, Rhode Island Bar Association, American Association of Justice, and the Rhode Island Association of Justice (RIAJ). He is also a cooperating attorney with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (RIACLU) and serves as a member of the RIAJ Board of Governors and served as its President (2019-2020) and previously served as a member and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation. In 2010, he was awarded the William G. McLoughlin First Amendment Award in 2010 by the RIACLU. Mr. Sinapi is a graduate of Colby College and Harvard Law School.


Richard was awarded the William G. McLoughlin First Amendment Award in 2010 by the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (RIACLU) in recognition of his consistent efforts over the past twenty (20) years to vindicate free speech in the courtroom in the schools and in other public forums.


Richard’s Resume (77kb .doc file)

Governmental Affairs Performance (27kb .doc file)

Major Litigation Clients (27kb .doc file)

Major Litigation Performance (17kb .doc file)

Our Practice Areas

Employment Law

Personal Injury

Family Law

Real Estate

Corporate/Commercial Law

Governmental Affairs/Lobbying

Education Law

Municipal Law


University Attended:

Colby College, B.A.

Law School Attended:

Harvard University, J.D., 1983

Year of First Admission:



1983 Rhode Island

1983, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island

1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

1997, U.S. Supreme Court

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