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Albany, New York 12207
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At DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian, we have assembled a top-notch team of attorneys, administrators, and investigators to represent our New York State clients in criminal and civil cases the best way we know how. Through hard work, client focus, and commitment to professionalism, we have developed a track record of success.

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When you need a New York State attorney who values client relationships and works to the utmost of his or her ability to represent you, call DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian at 518-465-6420 or contact us online.


Paul DerOhannesian II

Paul DerOhannesian is a member at the firm. Born and raised in the capital region of New York, Paul has deep roots in the community, where he continues to live and work.

Paul graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with his B.S.F.S. cum laude in 1975. There, he received the prestigious Ernst Reilchenfeld Award for outstanding dedication and achievement to international organization. Paul graduated from Albany Law School with his J.D. in 1978. He speaks French and German.

Armed with his law degree, he immediately took an integral role in the practice of law. He became assistant district attorney with the Albany County District Attorney's Office and for 22 years headed the D.A.'s Special Assault Unit.

He is admitted to practice in New York, the State of New York Appellate Division Third Judicial Department, the U.S. District Court for the Western and Northern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Paul has received the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell® for the highest quality demonstration of legal abilities and adherence to ethical standards. He has also been named a 2009 New York State SuperLawyer for criminal defense. He is the author of a definitive two-volume text, Sexual Assault Trials, Fourth Edition (LexisNexis, 2006). For more information on Paul's publications, click here.

Media call upon Paul for his commentary, including Court TV. Click here to see clips of his televised legal analysis and commentary. Federal and state executive and legislative bodies tap his expertise and he has testified before such groups as the U.S. Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, the New York State Commission on Investigations, and the New York State Senate Committee on Crime and Correction.

He is also a frequent speaker at conferences and events. Paul has conducted more than 300 presentations for local and legal organizations, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the American Prosecutors Research Institute, and the National College of District Attorneys. Further, he provides extensive training for many local, state, and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Postal Service, and the New York State Police. For more about upcoming events, click here.

New York State Governor Pataki appointed Paul to the Advisory Board of the New York State Department of Children and Family Services. Paul is also a member of the New York State Children's Justice Task Force Forensic Interview Steering Committee.

During the course of his three-decade legal career, Paul has won several prestigious awards, including the NAACP's Thurgood Marshall Award in 2004 for his legal work defending the rights of African-American citizens. He also received the coveted Lecturer of Merit Award by the National College of District Attorneys in recognition for his teaching.

Paul handles cases in the following practice areas:

  • Criminal law
  • White collar crime
  • Election law
  • Personal injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Products liability
  • Estates
  • Estate litigation

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Danielle Smith

Danielle, an upstate New York native, earned her Juris Doctor in 2008 from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. Prior to SUNY Buffalo, she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.

After graduating from SUNY Buffalo, Danielle began her legal career as a law clerk to Magistrate Judge Victor E. Bianchini. In March 2011, she transitioned into a new position as a staff attorney for the Northern District of New York.

In the spring of 2013, after over four years with the Federal Courts, Danielle was ready to expand her legal horizons and opted to join the law firm of DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian as an associate attorney. In that capacity, she is primarily responsible for assisting the principal attorney, Paul DerOhannesian II, in researching and drafting motions, legal memoranda, and appellate briefs concerning criminal and civil litigation matters.

Danielle has appeared in both state and federal courts through New York State, including the Northern and Southern Districts of New York. She has been involved in all aspects of civil and criminal trials and trial preparation. Danielle has also successfully argued before the Appellate Division, Third Department.

Danielle is admitted in the following jurisdictions: New York State (2009), the Northern District of New York (2012), the Southern District of New York (2014), and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2015).

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Kristin Bruno

Kristin Bruno has been a legal assistant and paralegal at DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian since 1990. She handles all aspects of case management and administration for the firm and is often the primary contact for our clients. Kris graduated cum laude with her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee. She spends her time as an active community volunteer and public advocate for several organizations, including local Challenger League sports programs and Parent to Parent.

Kris has expertise working with cases from their inception to closure in the following areas:

  • Estates
  • Wills and trusts
  • Real estate closings
  • Personal injury
  • Criminal defense

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Paul DerOhannesian

Paul DerOhannesian was a founding member of the firm and a highly accomplished, multifaceted and well-respected Albany attorney. He passed away in 2001 at the age of 80. A native of Troy, NY, he later moved to Albany and graduated from Albany High School. He entered the New York State College for Teachers, but he answered the draft in 1941 to serve his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. While in the army, Paul pursued his education studying electrical engineering at Penn State University and Georgetown University. In 1949, he chose to study law instead and attended Albany Law School. He eventually opened his own general practice, including criminal law and personal injury, and subsequently focused on estate work. He served as counsel to many organizations and groups in the community.

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