Attorney Profile

Richard P. D'Addario

Attorney Richard P. D'Addario

Newport, Rhode Island
Phone: (401) 849-0880
Fax: (401) 849-0897
Email: Contact Me

The Honorable Richard P. D'Addario is admitted to the bar in the States of New York and Rhode Island, where he has practiced law since 1971.  Mr. D'Addario has served as Probate Judge for the Town of Tiverton since 1993 and was the Municipal Court Judge for the Town of Middletown 2004 to 2006.

Mr. D'Addario came to Rhode Island in 1971 as a Vista Volunteer for Rhode Island Legal Services.  He went on to become a Staff Attorney and later a Managing Attorney of the Newport office of Rhode Island Legal Services where he handled a variety of civil cases for persons unable to afford to hire an attorney.

Beginning in 1976, Mr. D'Addario actively engaged in the general practice of law in Newport.  He was a partner in the firm of Howe, D'Addario and Machtley from 1978 to 1985.

Mr. D'Addario's present office at One Courthouse Square was founded on September 1, 1985.  One Courthouse Square is located in the former Short Line/Bonanza bus terminal in the heart of Newport.  The office is conveniently located directly behind the Newport County Courthouse.   Mr. D'Addario has been involved in a number of important cases and has appeared on television in 20/20, 48 Hours, and City Confidential episodes.

In 2006 he was awarded a Certificate of Distinction at the Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting for his work on behalf of an abused elderly woman, which case was spotlighted in a feature story in the Providence Journal.

In addition to the two judgeships, Mr. D'Addario has served as Assistant Town Solicitor for the Town of Middletown.  He's also been involved in a wide variety of common activities in his 35 years of practice and has served on numerous non-profit boards.  He was President of the Board of Child and Family Services from 1978-1985.  In December 2007, Mr D'Addario received the Pro Bono Publico Award from the Justinian Law Society.  He is also active in the Executive Committee and Rhode Island Bar Association, serving as a member of the House of Delegates, and the Nominating Committee.  He now serves as the Chairman of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

Mr. D'Addario is a member of the National College of Probate Judges, the Rhode Island Probate Judges Association, the Justinian Law Society, the Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association, and the Newport County Board of Realtors.

Mr. D'Addario is an authorized title insurance agent for Mortgage Guarantee Title Insurance Company, First American Title Insurance Company, Stewart Title, Connecticut Attorney's Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, United General Title Insurance Company and Land America.

In his spare time, Mr. D'Addario enjoys tending to his 5 acre garden and organic farm in Tiverton.  He also is an avid golfer, and enjoys cooking, traveling and watching sports.  He is a member of the Newport National Golf Club and Montaup Country Club.  He is married, has two sons and three grandchildren.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Law
  • Probate & Estate Planning
  • Business Organization
  • Personal Injury
  • Domestic and Mediation
  • Criminal
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Condo Conversions
  • Mediation
Bar Admissions
  • Rhode Island, 1971
  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1974


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1971

  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA, 1968
    Honors: Cum Laude
    Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association, 1971 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, 1995 - Present
    Executive Committee, House of Delegates
  • New York State Bar Association, 1980 - Present
  • Newport County Bar Association, 1971 - Present
  • Superior Court Mediation Program
  • Newport County Board of Realtors
  • Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association
  • National College of Probate judges
  • Rhode Island Probate Judges Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Town of Tiverton, Probate Judge, 1993 - Present
  • Town of Little Compton, Alternate Probate Judge, 1995 - Present
  • Hall D'Addario & Machtley, Newport, RI, Attorney/Partner, 1978 - 1985
  • Private Practice, Newport, RI, 1976 - 1978
  • R.I. Legal Services, Inc., Managing Attorney, 1971 - 1976
  • Town of Middletown, Rhode Island, Probate Judge, 1978 - 1980
  • Town of Middletown, Rhode Island, Assistant Town Solicitor, 1976 - 1978

Pro Bono Activities

  • Rhode Island Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Lawyer Referral Program Elderly and Reduced Fee Referral Program
  • Chairman, Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee

Birth Information

  • January 29, 1947, New York, New York, United States of America

The Law Offices of Richard P. D’Addario represents clients located in Newport County (Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Jamestown), Bristol County (Bristol, Warren, Barrington), and Washington County (Narragansett, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Charlestown), and their surrounding areas.

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