Aggressive & Collaborative Firm Protecting Your Legal Rights

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Throughout every legal matter, we insist on maintaining a close, personal with the client and family, if necessary.  Our mission is to provide quality and expeditious representation.  We treat each matter with the utmost care and consideratoin.  As much as we are proud of our reputation and the results we have achieved for previous clients — no lawyer or law firm can guarantee you a successful result in advance.  What we can promise you is that whatever your legal issues or needs, our firm will provide the personal attention you deserve and will spare no amount of effort or resource to achieve the results you seek

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Our firm and attorneys' loyalty and commitment to our clients and their integrity is well respected.  We have been partnering relationship with our clients to establish the foundation of our firm.  RLO and its staff takes pride in assuring our clients that their matters will be handled efficiently through comprehensive representation individually tailored to meet their specific legal needs.


Our mission is to take a personal interest in our clients by fully understanding their legal needs and, upon achieving specific objectives, exceeding expectations. RLO Members have significant trial experience and continue to hone and craft that skill on a daily basis. We emphasize quality service for our clients at every stage of litigation. The client is always "in the loop" during all stages of the litigation process being provided a full analysis of the applicable law, potential liabilities and facts that bear on liability, legal costs, expenses and potential out-of-court settlement scenarios. We work closely with our clients by providing ongoing advice, which includes risk assessment and management.


RLO represents corporations, small businesses, sole proprieters, and individuals in many aspects of litigation and legal representation.  We are the leading firm when it comes to Personal Injury, Real Estate, Corporate Transactions, Matrimonial & Family Law, as well as Criminal Law.  Kindly contact us by phone or this website if you have any legal issues you would like to discuss. Our legal team will review your situation and get back to you promptly.


Michael J. Raneri

Mr. Raneri is a founding member of the Firm. He was admitted to the Bar in 2000, and has specialized in trial practice for 15 years. Mr. Raneri has tried cases to verdict, but focuses his practice on getting matters settled well before a trial date is even calendared to save time, effort, and money on behalf of his client. He is a current member of the White Plains Zoning Board, New Rochelle Panel of Arbitrators and Better Business Bureau Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association.  He is admitted to the Bars of the State of New York, the Washington D.C. Bar, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, as well as New York United States Bankruptcy Courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts.


Mr. Raneri has generalized his practice to include real estate and commercial transaction, criminal defense work, domestic relations law, family planning matters, and the represetnation of cooperative and condo associations. He also represents individuals and families in need of mental hygiene and guardianship related matters.


Dennis W. Light

Dennis is a founding member of RLS and a graduate of Pace University Law School and he is
admitted to practice state and/or federal law in three jurisdictions: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. After gaining valuable legal experience from several, well-established local firms,

Mr. Light was a solo-practitioner from 2002 until October 13, 2009, which is the establishment date for RLO. His current practice areas include: civil litigation, criminal and DWI defense, real estate
and business transactions, debt collection, landlord tenant disputes, family and domestic relations law.


The practice of law is a second career for Mr. Light after a more than 15-years in the plumbing and heating industry as a contractor and salesman.  Mr. Light attended law school at night, while working full time during the day and helping his wife raise a family of six children.  His experiences have played a significant role in Mr. Light’s trial practice where he has obtained many favorable results for clients facing serious criminal charges.  Never forgetting that education was the primary source of his success, Mr. Light has taught others about Criminal Law as an adjunct professor at Mercy College.

The key to being a successful lawyer is understanding and mastering the principles of human relations. The foregoing statement is Mr. Light’s guide to managing the attorney-client relationship.


Kevin D. O'Dell

Kevin D. O’Dell is a founding member of the Firm, Raneri, Light, & O’Dell. He was admitted to the New York Bar in January 1991 after passing the July 1990 Bar Exam having graduated from Pace University School of Law in June 1990 where he was President of the Student Bar Association. Mr. O’Dell has specialized in trial practice for 25 years and enjoys selecting juries and trying cases. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. O’Dell was employed with Motorola Communications, Inc. and earned the award of Salesman of the Year for 1986 as he enjoys meeting and speaking before large groups of people, a necessary tool for a trial attorney which many do not possess.

Mr. O’Dell handles complex and significant personal injury matters representing Plaintiff and Defense clientele, as well as many various insurance carriers during his career.  Mr. O’Dell has litigated product liability cases against General Motors, American Honda Motor Corp; Subaru; Beach Body of California (P90X Manufacturer/Distributor); Procter & Gamble/Braun; John Deere; JLG; and a variety of other manufacturers, sellers, and distributors of dangerous and defective products. Mr. O’Dell works with attorneys nationwide on a variety of legal matters.

Mr. O’Dell is admitted to the New York and New Jersey (1990) Bars, the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York.

Mr. O’Dell has been a guest lecturer for the American Arbitration Association regarding No Fault and Arbitration issues, has lectured for State Farm Insurance regarding medical and No Fault Issues, and other entities regarding legal matters.     

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Call us with your legal question or situation and we will be happy to schedule a consult with you.

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