Meet The Team

The Law Office of John L. Calcagni III, Inc. is a full-service criminal defense firm handling cases in state, federal and military courts.   We have an unstoppable team of experienced trial lawyers, paralegals, investigators and legal assistants who collaborate on each case to ensure optimal results for our clients.   We routinely defend all types of criminal cases in state and federal courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.  We also handle military cases on a worldwide basis.  

If you have been charged with a crime of any type in any of these jurisdictions, having our team on your side will maximize your chance for success.   Hiring a law firm with a team instead of a lawyer is required if you expect to win your case in today’s criminal justice system.   When you are charged with a crime, your criminal prosecution is being worked on by the many police officers who investigated the case, internal investigators who work for the prosecution, and most often multiple prosecutors.   Basically, the government prosecutes its most of its cases with a team of people all paid and trained to ensure your conviction and harsh punishment.   If you want to level the playing field and prepare for success, you too need a successful for your criminal defense.  Read below to meet some of our key team members.

Attorney John L. Calcagni III

Attorney Calcagni is an extremely experienced and skilled criminal defense trial lawyer. Before entering private practice, he formerly served as a military prosecutor in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York. Attorney Calcagni is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Florida. He is admitted in other U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits, and also in the United States Supreme Court.

As a former federal prosecutor, Attorney Calcagni prosecuted countless cases involving charges of drug use, drug possession, drug distribution, and drug trafficking; simple and domestic assault; battery; assault and battery; domestic battery; felony assault; assault with deadly weapons; assault with dangerous weapons; gang-related assault; manslaughter; murder; attempted murder; possession of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, manufacture or creation of child pornography and distribution of child pornography; solicitation of minors and indecent solicitation of minors; child abuse; child molestation, rape; sexual assault; statutory rape; indecent assault; indecent assault and battery; weapons-related charges; firearms charges; burglary; breaking and entering; robbery; theft of government property; possession of bomb-making materials; terrorism-related offenses; fraud; identity fraud; larceny; destruction of property; financial crimes; traffic violations; driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; trespassing; conspiracy; and attempt-related offenses.

Attorney Calcagni now uses the extensive investigation and trial experience he acquired as a federal prosecutor to represent his clients in Criminal Defense matters in State, Federal and Military Courts. He has more individual trial experience than most other attorneys in the market. He also has a well-known and proven track record of not guilty verdicts, acquittals, and lenient sentences, even for the most serious crimes.

If you are charged with a crime in state, federal or military court, call Attorney John L. Calcagni III today for a free consultation.


Education
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA (2004)
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, RI (2003, magna cum laude)
  • Bryant University, Smithfield, RI (2000, cum laude)
  • Classical High School, Providence, RI (1996)
Military
  • U.S. Army Reserves – Judge Advocate General’s Corps (2008-Present)
  • U.S. Army Trial Defense Service, Senior Defense Counsel
  • U.S. Army Trial Defense Service, Deputy Regional Defense Council
  • U.S. Army – Judge Advocate General’s Corps. (2004-2008)
  • Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
  • 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York
  • Senior Trial Counsel (2007-2008)
  • Chief, Military Justice (2006-2007)
  • Trial Counsel (2005-2006)
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (2004-2008)
Admitted to practice in:
  • Rhode Island (2003)
  • Massachusetts (2003)
  • Connecticut (2005)
  • New York (2005)
  • Florida (2008)
  • U.S. District Court for Northern District of New York (2004)
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern District of New York (2010)
  • U.S. District Court for Southern District of New York (2010)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island (2008)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (2008)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut (2009)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2010)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota (2017)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (2004)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2011)
  • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals (2011)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (2011)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (2009)

Contact Criminal Defense Lawyer John L. Calcagni today at (401) 351-5100 to schedule a Free Consultation.

 

John Pensa

John D. Pensa, Esq. is an Associate Attorney with the Law Office of John L. Calagni III, Inc.

Attorney Pensa is a graduate of the Roger Williams University Law School and State University of New York where he studied both criminology and law.   After completing his education, Attorney Pensa gained admission to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

The Law Office of John L. Calcagni III, Inc. is a multi-jurisdictional criminal defense practice.  Attorney Pensa manages the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Massachusetts practice of defending clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout the Commonwealth.  Attorney Pensa regularly practices in District and Superior Courts all throughout the Commonwealth.  He is well-versed in all aspects of criminal defense representation to include investigations, arraignments, bail, dangerous hearings, bail petitions, pretrial conferences, motions, and trial.

Attorney Pensa has expertly handled a wide variety of criminal cases involving controlled substances violations, drug trafficking, motor vehicle offenses, domestic violence, weapons charges, theft offenses, fraud, child pornography, rape, assault and battery, indecent assault and battery, conspiracy, assault with intent to murder, operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and other crimes.  He has also represented both juvenile and adult clients, to include those who are challenged by mental illness or substance abuse.

Attorney Pensa enjoys an excellent reputation with both the Courts and District Attorney’s Offices throughout the Commonwealth.  He is intimately familiar with the procedures and nuances of the various county systems throughout the state.   Attorney Pensa is a tireless advocate for our client.  He works around the clock and in all conditions to maximize the positive result for everyone.   If he cannot get a case dismissed, he ensures that each client receives the next best possible result and treats our clients like family.

The Law Office of John L. Calcagni III, Inc. is proud to have this unstoppable soldier on the battlefield fighting for our clients each day in the trial courts of Massachusetts.


Nicolina L. Doran

Nicolina L. Doran, also known as “Nikki,” is a paralegal with the Law Office of John L. Calcagni III, Inc.   She has been with the firm virtually since its inception.

Ms. Doran is very experienced and knowledgeable in many aspects of criminal law.  She is well-versed in the laws and procedures of both state and federal courts where the firm practices, to include Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.   She provides client services and support in all aspects of criminal defense representation.  This includes investigation, arraignment, pretrial conferences, discovery, motions practice, pretrial dispositions, trial preparation, trials, and appeals.  She is also familiar with court staff and personnel, as well as the various jails, confinement facilities, and houses of corrections where our clients may be incarcerated.

Prior to entering the legal field, Ms. Doran worked in other industries that enabled her to gainful invaluable experience that she now applies as a paralegal to benefit our clients.   She formerly worked in the mental health community with challenged children, adolescents and adults.  This empowers her to understand, empathize with and aid in the defense of our clients who may be diagnosed with mental health, behavioral, and/or psychiatric disorders.

Mr. Doran also gained valuable experience in the healthcare field that enables her to understand the nuances of requesting, obtaining, reading and understanding medical records.   This experience is particularly helpful when defending clients who have either sustained injuries or are charged with inflicting injuries upon others.   Her healthcare experience is also helpful in defending clients accused of sex assault crimes where the alleged victims have undergone forensic, sexual assault examinations.

 

Lastly, Ms. Doran formerly worked in education where she acquired a great deal of experience in the school system and working with children.   This aids her with assisting in the defense of juvenile clients, as well as adults who are charged with offenses involving the neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse of children.

Ms. Doran is extremely passionate about our clients, their families, and needs.  She understands that being charged with a crime of any size is a serious event that may have immeasurable consequences to both the defendants and their families.  Ms. Doran cares about each of our clients and is available to assist in any way possible to successfully overcome the challenges and obstacles in their pathways.

Nicolina Doran holds a college degree in paralegal studies and is a licensed notary public in the State of Rhode Island.


Nickole Deras

Nickole Deras is a paralegal with the Law Office of John L. Calcagni III, Inc.  She has been with the firm for years providing support to our clients, especially those who are Spanish-speaking.

Ms. Deras is very knowledgeable in many aspects of criminal law.  She is well-versed in the laws and procedures in both state and federal courts where the firm practices, especially in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.   She provides client services and support in all aspects of criminal defense representation.  This includes investigation, arraignment, pretrial conferences, discovery, motions practice, pretrial dispositions and trial preparation.

Ms. Deras is also of Colombian descent and is fluent in Spanish.  She assists with communicating with potential and actual Spanish-speaking clients by phone.  She also translates client correspondence and important legal documents for these individuals.  Ms. Deras also assists with interpreting during consultations, witness interviews, client and family meetings and jail visits.

Prior to joining our firm, Ms. Deras worked for a personal injury law firm.  She acquired experience there with medical records, medical terminology, and the healthcare field.  This experience is helpful when defending clients who have either sustained injuries or are charged with inflicting injuries upon others.

Ms. Deras is very passionate about our clients, their families, and needs.  She understands that being charged with a crime is a serious occurrence that may have immeasurable consequences to both our clients and their families.  Ms. Deras cares about each of our clients and is available to assist in any way possible to successfully overcome the challenges and obstacles in their pathways.

Nickole Deras is also presently a student of criminal justice and is a licensed notary public in the State of Rhode Island.


In addition to those mentioned above, our team also has two investigators, legal assistants and other attorneys who work with us on a regular basis.   Aside from the permanent staff members, our firm also has strong associations with other lawyers and firms in the community with whom we regularly team up on complex felony criminal matters.   We also have long-standing relationships with various litigation experts in the areas of DNA, forensics, toxicology, digital forensic analysis, medicine, pathology, child psychology, ballistics, child abuse pediatrics, sexual assault, narcotics, drug analysis, and former law enforcement  who aid us on a case-by-case basis when their area(s) of expertise are required for a client’s criminal defense.  

The expansive size, wide reach, experience and overall resources of our criminal defense team cannot be matched by any other criminal defense lawyer in the community.   If you have been charged with a crime, call us today for a free consultation.