Hello! Thanks for visiting. My purpose here isn’t necessarily to convince you to hire me, as much as it is to convince you to hire someone. Like so much these days, our legal system, especially in personal injury and criminal law, is becoming more and more complex. So it’s important, now more than ever, for you to find a competent attorney. The consequences of not securing a large enough personal injury award (or any award at all) can mean the difference between staying in your own home or facing foreclosure. And if you’re charged with a crime, the result of failure to retain a lawyer can be nothing less than devastating, affecting not only your freedom, but also the way you and your family live the rest of your lives.

I’m proud to be one of the many competent and caring attorneys in upstate New York. Please allow me to help you.

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About Chris

My experience

I grew up in the Mohawk Valley, and have worked almost continuously since I was about 10 years old. I learned early on the importance of a strong work ethic, and good communication. While attending Syracuse University School of Law, I worked for the New York State Office of the Attorney General, under both Dennis Vacco and Elliot Spitzer. After graduation, I postponed taking the bar exam to take part in a special Criminal Law Clinic in Syracuse, where I was allowed to represent indigent individuals under the supervision of Law School Professors. Several months later, on my first attempt, I passed the New York State bar exam, and have maintained a successful solo practice ever since. As a lawyer I’ve represented hundreds of different people and sued many different types of personal injury cases, from wrongful death and medical malpractice to simple injuries in slips, falls and car accidents. I’ve also defended people against almost every crime in the penal law, from misdemeanor drugs to murder. I have been appointed on several different occasions to act as a special prosecutor in Oneida County.

Ethics and relationships

I want to share with you a telling personal story about the complex nature of today’s legal system, and my personal approach to the law. In searching for my own primary care physician a number of years back, it took me quite a while to find a doctor that I actually felt comfortable with. I found that one of the key qualities of a good doctor is the ability to communicate. If I didn’t understand the doctor, or if he or she didn’t take enough time to explain important matters, I was just not comfortable, regardless of however many rave reviews they received. I truly believe that the same quality should be found in a good lawyer. You’ll suffer too much anxiety, and lose too much sleep, if you have unanswered questions about your case. One promise I make to every client: I will make sure all of your questions are answered, no matter how long it takes, and I’ll make sure that you’re kept informed of the progress of the case.


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Christopher Jude Pelli, ESQ. PLLC