Attorney Stephanie Diorio spent over 20 years as a paralegal, the first 10 working for Rhode Island family law practitioners, and the last 10 in the Office of Legal Counsel for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the owners of Foxwoods Resort Casino. She began attending classes at the Community College of Rhode Island in between working full-time and parenting. After nine years, she completed her undergraduate degree and knew she wanted to continue on to law school.
During the final year of her undergraduate studies, she was privileged to intern with Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice William P. Robinson, III. During Stephanie’s first year of law school, she was presented with many opportunities to experience different areas of the practice of law. However, it didn’t take long to realize that her passion was in family law. During the summer between her first and second year, she was honored to intern with Rhode Island Family Court Associate Justice Karen Lynch Bernard. This experience allowed her the unique opportunity to learn the inner workings of family court and gave her a solid foundation upon which to base her family law practice.
During her final year of law school, Stephanie completed a yearlong internship with Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc., where she represented indigent clients facing DCYF allegations of child abuse or neglect. Her experiences being a parent, stepparent, divorcee, and remarried wife allows her to relate to clients facing a variety legal issues on a deeply personal level.
Stephanie grew up in northern Rhode Island and moved to Massachusetts in her early teens, where she attended Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, graduating in 1987. She returned to Rhode Island in 1993 and settled in southern Rhode Island. From 1999 to 2006, she served on the Chariho Regional School Committee and was elected Chairperson from 2004 to 2006.
Outside of the office Attorney Diorio enjoys traveling, golfing, sailing, and spending time with her family.
Awards and Accolades
- CALI Award for legal research and writing
- “Top Investigator” Award – UCONN School of Law Negotiation Competition
- Kathleen M. Birt Memorial Award – distinguished performance in dispute resolution courses
- Recognized for over 100 hours of pro bono legal services to the community