Robert Santoriella – Founder | (718) 923-0690 | Download vCard

robert santoriella In 1995, Robert Santoriella, Esq., founded a law firm with a singular, primary focus – to defend the civil rights of the underprivileged, and provide legal representation to those Americans who could not otherwise afford an attorney. Mr. Santoriella discovered that there were many times the police, city, or state agencies violated the civil rights of an individual – and the individual did not even know that their rights had been violated. Now, Mr. Santoriella runs a successful, boutique law practice that he staffs with attorneys, paralegals, and office staff who share a common goal – to stand up for the clients who need a voice to speak for them.

At the Law Office of Robert P. Santoriella, P.C., respect and dignity do not come with a price tag – rich or poor, you will be treated with respect and dignity, and we will fight tirelessly to ensure your legal rights are protected.

Locally based and recognized nationally, over the last twenty years, the Law Office of Robert P. Santoriella, P.C., has won multi-million dollar, landmark settlements for our clients.  But Mr. Santoriella is even more proud of the changes in state and national law and public policy that will protect future generations.

Mr. Santoriella focuses on the following types of litigation:

  • Discrimination of the developmentally disabled
  • Police abuse, brutality and wrongful arrest
  • Nursing home and elder abuse
  • Sexual harassment and wrongful termination of employment

Mr. Santoriella is also a founding partner of the Disability Rights Project, an organization formed to create awareness and provide assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Representative Matters

Mr. Santoriella recently received for his client (S.L., administrator of the estate of her decedent brother R.R.) one of the largest wrongful death settlements in New York State history. In an action against the state-run Bernard Fineson Developmental Center,  Mr. Santoriella was not only successful in obtaining a multi-million dollar award for his client, but through tenaciously advocating on behalf of the estate he publicly exposed a systemic culture of abuse that existed at the highest levels of the state agency overseeing people with developmental disabilities.

NOTEWORTHY:   New York State attempted to assert a Medicaid lien in the amount of $11,672,701.66 against the estate.

Mr. Santoriella was successful in the removal and complete waiver of the entire Medicaid lien.


Committees, Associations, and Organizations

Mr. Santoriella is a founding director of Five for Fighting, Inc., a 501(c) (3) organization formed to raise money and awareness for children battering pediatric blood cancer.   He has served on the board of directors of the Westchester County Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Through his efforts with these organizations, Mr. Santoriella has raised nearly $500,000.00 in the fight against children’s blood cancer.

Mr. Santoriella is also a published author currently working on his third novel in the Deadly Sins Series.  All proceeds from his book sales benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital.

Mr. Santoriella is an active member of the Brooklyn Bar Association and has served on the following committees:

  • Grievance Committee
  • The Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Foundation Law Program for the Public
  • Brooklyn Barrister Editorial Board
  • Annual Foundation Golf Outing

Outside of the office, Mr. Santoriella enjoys playing ice hockey with Jake and Chase, his twin fourteen year old sons. All three men are New York Rangers fans!


  • New York (1993)
  • Eastern District of New York (1994)
  • Southern District of New York (1994)
  • Northern District of New York (2015)
  • United States Supreme Court (2016 )



  • J.D., Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, 1993
  • B.S., Fordham University, 1988



  • The Freda S. Nisnewitz Award for Service to the Brooklyn Community – May, 2009
  • Greater New York Councils Scout Award for Leadership in the Community – December, 2008