NiaLena Caravasos: Lawyer with Law Office Of NiaLena Caravasos, LLC

NiaLena Caravasos

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NiaLena Caravasos is consistently recognized
as one of the top federal criminal lawyers in Philadelphia and as a strategic, sincere, and relentless advocate who is the only criminal defense lawyer ever featured on the SuperLawyers cover in Philadelphia Magazine and in a SuperLawyers article entitled “Fierce,” where she was described as not only “going the extra mile” in fighting for her clients, but also as being a “chief, not an Indian” who made her reputation early on in the Merlino federal mafia
trial by being unafraid to break ranks when “arrayed against a coterie of high-powered attorneys drawn from the old boys network of lawyers” in order to best represent and protect
her client.

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Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Assault and Battery
  • Bank Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Check Fraud
  • Commercial Crimes
  • Computer Crime
  • Controlled Substances Law
  • Corporate Criminal Law
  • Credit Fraud
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Forfeiture
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Drugs and Narcotics
  • Drug Crimes
  • Drug Forfeiture
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Embezzlement
  • Mediation
  • Extortion
  • Felonies
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Grand Jury Practice
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Homicide
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • Manslaughter
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder
  • RICO
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Theft
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Weapons Charges
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Wiretapping
Contact InfoTelephone: 215-925-5200
Fax: 215-925-5991
University The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Economics, Dual Major in Multinational Management/Marketing, cum laude, 1988
Law SchoolBoston University School of Law, J.D., 1993
Admitted1993, Massachusetts; 1994, Pennsylvania; 1997, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships Philadelphia Bar Association (Member, Criminal Justice Section); Pennsylvania Bar Associations; Federal Criminal Bar for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); Association of Federal Defense Attorneys (AFDA); The National Trial Lawyers (membership by invitation only); The National Trial Lawyers, Criminal Trial Lawyers' Association (membership by invitation only); American Society of Legal Advocates (membership by invitation only); The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Section on Medicine, Ethics & the Law (membership by invitation only); American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys (membership by invitation only); “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member (by invitation only from Rue Ratings).

Recipient: Commencement Award (BNA Law Student Award); American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Trial Practice; Edward F. Hennessey Scholarship; Commencement Speaker to the Faculty; Featured on 2013 "Super Lawyers" Cover in "Philadelphia Magazine"; Spotlighted in Feature Article entitled "Fierce" (PA Super Lawyers, 2013); "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense, Philadelphia Magazine and SuperLawyers, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009 and 2008; "Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense, Philadelphia Magazine and SuperLawyers, 2006 and 2005; "Top Lawyers 2009," Main Line Today. Highest rating (Attorney has achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell; Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated) for legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell for every year between 2003 to 2015; "Client Distinction Award" for 2015 and 2013 by Martindale-Hubbell®; "Top-Rated Legal Leaders" in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania for 2013 by Martindale-Hubbell®; Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™; Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™; Named "Pennsylvania Law Firm Of The Year in Criminal Law & White Collar Crime" in 2010 (Corporate INTL); Selected "Pennsylvania Criminal Defense & White Collar Crime Attorney of the Year" 2012 & 2011 Global Awards Winner (Corporate INTL); Named "Criminal Defense Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania" in 2015 (Corporate INTL); Recognized as a "Top Northeast Lawyer" for Criminal Defense by Avvo and featured in the November / December 2011 issue of Avvo's Arrive Magazine; Honored in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 among "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by The National Trial Lawyers (membership obtained by special invitation and extended only to those "Top 100" who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature & profile as trial lawyers); Honored in 2012 as "Top Rated Lawyers in Criminal Defense: White Collar" in Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer; Honored for 2014 and 2013 as a "Top Rated Lawyer in Federal and White Collar - Criminal Defense” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. Honored in 2013 and 2012 by Lawyers World with "Leading Lawyer Award - PA Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year" and "Law Award - PA Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year," both of which are awards that "recognize a select number of leading professional firms and lawyers across the globe for their individual areas of specialization, within their geographical location" and select lawyers "that are noted for having a high degree of ability in complex situations" and "that continually innovate" and "perform to exceptional levels during the most difficult period that the global economy has experienced for decades." Honored by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the "Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers" in Pennsylvania for 2013 and 2014 and 2015, where membership is extended to only the top 2% of lawyers "who combine stellar legal credentials with proven commitment to community engagement, leadership, and the highest professional standards." Awarded the M&A International Global Award for 2013, an honor that is bestowed upon "firms that are truly leaders within their chosen areas of specialization" (the M&A International Annual Awards programs accumulate votes from over 163 countries globally and "provide a benchmark of the very best of the best industry leaders, exemplary teams and distinguished organizations, based on the simple principles of veracity, accuracy and insight.") Honored: Closing argument on behalf of client, Frank Gambino, in federal organized crime RICO prosecution of U.S. v. Joseph Merlino was selected among nationwide submissions and spotlighted as featured defense advocate by Center for Criminal Justice Advocacy in Houston. "Top Federal Crime Lawyer" as well as "Clients' Choice - Federal Crime" and "Clients' Choice - White Collar Crime" with Superb rating (10.0 out of 10) by Selected by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys (AIOCLA) as one of the "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania in 2014 for Client Satisfaction in the practice area of Criminal Law. Intern, District Attorney's Offices, Philadelphia and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Law Clerk to the Honorable Lisa Aversa Richette, Homicide Program of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. Co-author of the book, "Inside the Minds: Jury Selection in Criminal Cases," 2013 ed., released in the summer of 2013 by Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business. Co-author with her former law partner, F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, "Ineffective Assistance of Counsel," The Philadelphia Lawyer, PACDL's The Forum and The Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest. Lecturer, Criminal Law Symposium, CLE seminars, Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Frequent Guest Speaker over the past decade on white collar crime as well as ethics in Leadership programs of the Management Department at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Guest speaker and co-panelist at the University of Pennsylvania to students and members of the National Youth Rights Association regarding their civil rights and the most beneficial ways to exercise those rights. Guest lecturer in the Fall of 2013 at the Department of Psychiatry of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania regarding the growing intersection of forensic psychiatry and federal criminal defense. Formerly with: Former District Attorney of Philadelphia, F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, 1997. Partner: F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, PC, 2003; Fitzpatrick & Caravasos, PC, 2006.


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NiaLena Caravasos

620 Chestnut Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19106


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