Ralph Vincent Morales

Ralph Vincent Morales was born sixteen months after the death of the uncle whose name he carries, Vincent (Vinnie) Benore “Saint” Santaniello. Vinnie was killed in action on March 28, 1968, in Cam Lo, Vietnam, as a nineteen-year-old USMC lance corporal. Ralph grew up in the same house in which Vinnie was reared in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. Ralph was determined to overcome the challenges of his childhood and he did just that by graduating from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1991 before moving back to New York. He worked full-time during the day, attended class at night, and graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1996.

Ralph went on to become a successful, highly respected prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, where he developed a reputation as a fair-but-tough prosecutor and a terrific trial attorney who accepted any case, regardless of its inherent challenges. As an assistant district attorney, Ralph was regarded as a formidable adversary and a compassionate advocate for those seeking justice. Ralph eventually moved on to private practice, where he further enhanced his reputation amongst his peers as a respected trial attorney.

Ralph also is a highly regarded member of his community in Farmingdale, New York, where he has volunteered countless hours as an elected Board of Education trustee. He has served as president and vice president during his tenure on the Board of Education. He also is an Executive Board member of the Farmingdale unit of the Nassau County Police Activity League. “Coach” is second only to “Dad” on Ralph’s shortlist of favorite titles. Last, but certainly not least, Ralph is wholly devoted to his family, including his wife, Joanne, and their five children: Mark, Luke, Rebecca, Gianna, and Mateo.

When Ralph is not in court trying significant matters before juries throughout New York City or in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, he can be found giving inspirational talks to the children of his school district or coaching children of all ages in various sports. And if he is not selflessly tending to the needs of his community, Ralph is upholding the one tenet that was of paramount importance to the uncle that he never got to know and love: He is undyingly loyal to the loves of his life who serve as the very foundation of his soul: His family. Semper Fi!