John P. Larochelle | Providence Divorce & Family Lawyer

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Successfully helping clients in RI and MA Family and Criminal courts

Divorce & Family Law, Domestic Violence & Neglect, Criminal, DUI-DWI, Juvenile Law


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After completing a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics, John P. Larochelle graduated Cum Laude from the University of Suffolk Law School in 1994. A few months later, immediately after being admitted to the Rhode Island bar, Attorney Larochelle began his legal career as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General. Following his successful career as a prosecutor, in 1997 John founded his own law firm in downtown Providence, concentrating his practice in family court matters and in criminal defense.

John Larochelle has litigated criminal law matters in Rhode Island Federal court, Massachusetts Federal court, and in every courthouse in Rhode Island and in Southeastern Massachusetts. In addition, in every Family Court in Rhode Island, John has successfully advocated all types of domestic law issues, including complex divorces, hotly contested custody battles, tough relocation hearings, and novel theories of law. John has also had success in major cases for which he wrote the appeals and orally advocated before the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

If reaching a favorable agreement for your case is possible, negotiation will be the first choice of how to get you the best result for your legal matter. This is especially true in resolving issues between separating parents who have a lifetime of co-parenting ahead of them. Negotiation is often the best option in the case of first-time criminal offenders. If, however, your rights are in danger of being diminished, John Larochelle will bring aggressive advocacy on your behalf in court. Whatever course of action you decide upon, John Larochelle will bring a prepared, strongly-argued presentation of your best case. Leading up to every court hearing, John will provide you with a thorough explanation of every aspect of your specific situation - from the small details to the big-picture strategy.
Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

I have had two recent huge victories in DUI cases: Representing a client who had a head-on collision with two automobiles and had a BAC greater than .3. I creatively strategized to have her receive the minimum license loss, no probation, and was able to secure a hardship license for her so that she could not drive for only one day. Noting all of the difficulties with the State's DUI charge against a client who was involved in a single car accident and had a BAC greater than .15, I was able to have his charge amended to a reckless operation of a motor vehicle with no loss of license. My best two recent Divorce victories were: Uncovering $500,000 in complicated property ownership assets that a husband had hidden from his wife Successfully writing and then arguing a legal memorandum wherein I convinced the judge that my client deserved 50% of the $100,000 appreciation in value of the husband's pre-martial house. In a Juvenile Frist Degree Child Molestation case, I was able to negotiate a less-than-jail with no sexual offender registration felony assault result

How did you build a successful practice?

I continue to build my successful practice by arriving at work while others are still sleeping, stay current on new developments in the law, and harness my competitive nature to find a way to win where others would settle for a less-than-stellar result for their clients.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

Clients should look for a lawyer who will do the work necessary to be the best-prepared person in the courtroom. Clients should look for an attorney who is organized, a confident oral advocate, and an excellent writer.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

Local knowledge is a key component to a successful outcome. This knowledge may come in the form of knowing how different judges and prosecutors feel about aspects of cases that will benefit a lawyer's clients. It may also come in the form of knowing a recent development in the statue or the case law that will benefit a lawyer's client. That is why Lawyer's Weekly calls upon me to comment on recent cases. The most recent time I was quoted in Lawyer's Weekly was in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts editions on 04 December 2020 regarding United States v. Ackerly.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

In a free phone consultation, I can discuss with a client what a range of reasonably likely results might be given key facts in his or her case. I can provide the manner in which I plan to achieve the best possible result. I can also explain the process from the beginning to the conclusion of his or her case.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

The best information for me to have for a free phone consultation is a PDF emailed to me in advance with three pages of information. This may be a criminal complaint, a complaint for divorce, or a written factual summary. If this is not possible, having the key facts in a case is essential for a meaningful discussion.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

What differentiates me from other lawyers in the community is that I am the most competitive person I know. I find a way to win. I receive fulfillment by winning cases and achieving results that other attorneys are not able to achieve.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect of my career is to be able to get a life-changing result for a client, especially, but not necessarily, for a client who deserves that result.

What are your other interests in addition to law?

In addition to law, my main interest is my young family. Second to that, I love poker. When I was younger, I was a professional poker player traveling the world playing poker and spending my winters battling it out with other professionals and amateurs in Las Vegas. I've successfully battled against Manny Pacquiao, James Woods, Sammy Farha, and Dan Blizerian.

Are you involved in your community?

I work six days a week and spend every hour of the seventh day with my family. As a result of my devotion to my career and my family, I am not active in my community.

Position Organization Location Duration
PartnerLarochelle Law OfficeProvidence, RIPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Suffolk University Law SchoolJ.D. Law School1994  
University of Rhode IslandBachelorsEconomics and Finance1991
University of Rhode IslandBachelor of ScienceFinance1991
State / Court Date
Rhode Island1994
Massachusetts2000
  • Rhode Island Bar Association | Technology in the Practice Committee | Member | 2019 - Present
    Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | Member | 2019 - Present
    Rhode Island Bar Association | Family Court Bench/Bar Committee | Member | 2014 - Present
    Rhode Island Bar Association | Member | 1997 - Present
  • Ten Best Attorney | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys | 2019
    Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 | Martindale-Hubbell® | 2019
    Silver Client Champion Award | Martindale-Hubbell® | 2019
  • Rhode Island Bar Journal | Clearing the Record: How to Seal Criminal Records and Expunge Criminal Convictions in Rhode Island | 2019
    Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies | A Trustees Handbook | 1994
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2020-08-10Firm NameLaw Office Of John E. Macdonald, Inc.
John P. Larochelle
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Suite 1440
Providence, RI 02903
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