Christopher S. Gontarz

Christopher S. Gontarz

Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI...
  • Massachusetts, Rhode Island
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Partner concentrating in criminal and civil litigation in State District & Superior Courts and Federal Courts. Trial attorney in over one thousand cases in Newport County Superior&District Court; trial and appellate attorney in Ims v. Town of Portsmouth, 32 A.3 914 (2011)(civil conspiracy and whistleblower act); State v. Gordon, 30 A.3 636 (2011) (sexual assault, kidnapping) State v. Schloesser, 940 A.2d 637 (2007) (child molestation); State v. Edwards, 810 A.2d 226 (2002),cert denied 123 S.Ct. 1808 (2003) (first degree murder; life without parole);Backman v. King, (mem) 636 A.2d 729 (1993):Carpenter v. State, 796 A.2d 1071 (2002) (post conviction relief); State v. Silvia, 798 A.2d 419 (2002) (child molestation); In re DiLuglio, 839 A.2d 514 (2004)( attorney misconduct); In re Coaty, 985 A2. 1020 (2010) (attorney misconduct). Appellate attorney in State v. Gomez, 848 A.2d 221 (2004)(first degree murder) State v. Sanchez-Collins, 921 A.2d 96(2007)(first degree murder, life without parole); McVeigh v. State, 937A.2d 1183(2007) (post conviction relief); Arce v. State, non published order (post conviction relief)(2008); State v Palmer,962 A.2d 758(2009)(first degree robbery).Bleau v. State,non published order(2009)(post conviction relief); In re Steven D, et al, 23 A.3 1138 (2011) (overturning order terminating parental rights); State v. Bunnell, 47 A.3d 220 (2012) (second degree murder); State v. Botas, 71 A.3d 430 (2012) (assault by correctional officer). State v Young, 78 A.3d 787 (2013) (first degree murder); Motyka v State, 91 A.3d 351 (2014)(post conviction relief); Davis v State, 124 A.3d 428 (2015)(post conviction relief); In re Jake G, 126 A.3d 450 (2015) (termination of parental rights). In re Fisher, 175 A.3d 490 (2018) (attorney misconduct); In re Casale, 176 A.3d 1112 (2018) (attorney misconduct).

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
  • Appeals & Appellate
Additional Practice Area
  • Attorney Discipline
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
Rhode Island
1st Circuit
2nd Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Professional Experience
Commissioner
Rhode Island Supreme Court Judicial Tenure and Discipline Commision
- Current
Commission reviews allegations of serious violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct, and following a formal hearing, the Commission determines whether charges have been sustained and reports its finding to the Supreme Court.
Member
Task Force to Develop Polices for Electronically Recording Custial Interrogations
- Current
Appointed as the designee of the R.I. Bar Association pursuant to RIGL 12-7-22(a) to syudy and make recommendations concerning the establishment of a statewide law enforcement practice of electronically recording custodial interrogations in their entirety.
Member
Rhode Island Supreme Court Ethics Advisory Panel
- Current
Appointed by the R.I. Supreme Court to a three year term, and reappointed to another term.Provides Rhode Island Lawyers with confidential advise on profesional behavior based upon the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Prosecutor
Rhode Island Ethics Commission
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Prosecuted violations of the State Code of Ethics before the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. Argued before the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Davis vs. Mertens, 574 A.2d 1236 (1990); Doe vs. Ethics Commission, 575 A.2d 993 (1990).
Special Assistant Attorney General
Rhode Island Department of Attorney General
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Prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors in the State District and Superior Courts. Tried approximately forty trials in the Superior Court. Appellate Attorney in State vs. Smith, 512 A.2d 828, (1986)burden of proof in insanity defense; and was the prosecuting attorney in the following cases: State vs. LaPointe, 525 A.2d913 (1987); State vs. Carreira, 528 A.2d 311 (1987); State vs. Saback, 524 A.2d 1155 (1988); State vs. Bruskie, 536 A.2d 522 (1988); and State vs. Cohen, 537 A.2d 283, (1988).
Police Officer
Portsmouth Police Department
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Served in the uniform patrol division. Additionally researched and wrote federal highway safety grants (Project-FARE-) specifically designed to reduce the fatal accident rate in the town. The entire project, two years in duration, was published in an international journal.
Education
New England Law | Boston
J.D. (1984) | Law
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American University
M.S. (1975) | Administration of Justice
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Salve Regina University
B.S. (1972) | Administration of Justice
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Honors: Cum Laude
Awards
Member
Lawyers of Distinction
Recognized as a "Lawyer of Distinction" in the area of Criminal Law.
Joseph T. Houlihan Lifetime Mentor Award
Rhode Island Bar Association
Award recognizes an attorney who serves as a role model to other lawyers in the RI legal community and who has significantly contributed to the profession and community, and who with his excellent counsel, have excelled as mentors and contributed to the ideals of ethics, civility, professionalism and legal skills.
Super Lawyer
Rhode Island Monthly
Lawyer of the Yaer, Criminal Law
Corporate Live Wire
Lawyers of the Year
Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly
Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award
Rhode Island Bar Association
For legal services provided to Tides Family Services.
Professional Associations
Association of Professional Responsiblity Lawyers
Member
- Current
The American Law Institute
Member
- Current
Activities: The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work.
Rhode Island Bar Assocaition
House of Delegates Executive Committee
- Current
American Bar Foundation
Life Fellow
- Current
Massachusetts Bar Association
Member
- Current
New York Athletic Club
Member
- Current
St. Thomas More Society
Board of Directors
- Current
The Federalist Society
Member
- Current
Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Member
- Current
Rhode Island State Bar
Member
- Current
Rhode Island Bar Association
House of Delegates
- Current
American Bar Association
Fellow
- Current
NewYork City Bar Association
Member
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New York City Bar Association
Member
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Tides Family Services
Chairman, Board of Directors
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Martin de Porres, New York City
Board of Directors
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Newport County Bar Association
Past President
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Roger Williams University School of Justice Advisory Board
Board Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Criminal Law Practice in Rhode Island
Rhode Island Bar Assocaitiom
A Practicle Guide to Superior Court Practice in Rhode Island
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education/ NE
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Contact & Map
Lynch & Pine
26 Washington Square
Newport, RI 02840
USA
Telephone: (401) 846-3306
Cell: (401) 842-7524
Fax: (401) 846-3307