Law Office of NiaLena Caravasos, LLC

High Stakes Federal & White Collar Crime Lawyer in Philadelphia, PA

Law Office of NiaLena Caravasos, LLC

926 Public Ledger, Building 620 Chestnut Street
150 S. Independence Mall West

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

Phone(215) 925-5200

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Law Firm Overview

NiaLena Caravasos is a high-stakes federal and white collar criminal defense lawyer. Known for her strategic and unique approach in representing federal criminal clients, NiaLena was featured on the Super Lawyers Cover in Philadelphia Magazine & described as "Fierce.

As a Wharton School graduate, she has first-hand insight into challenges facing white collar defendants.

A driving cornerstone of NiaLena's success is her passionate advocacy and her belief in traveling "the road less traveled by" made so famous by the poet, Robert Frost.

• Recently spotlighted by Super Lawyers in a feature article entitled "Fierce"
• Only criminal defense lawyer ever featured on Super Lawyers cover in Philadelphia Magazine
• Honored repeatedly by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 50 Women" in Pennsylvania

Differing from most of her colleagues, NiaLena has tremendous compassion and focuses first on her clients as people. She utilizes a unique all-encompassing approach in an effort to help them during their representation because she realizes that clients who have been caught in the crosshairs of a criminal investigation are typically also dealing with a variety of other serious issues that transcend the confines of their specific legal case.

Differing again from most other criminal lawyers, NiaLena is a graduate from the renowned Wharton School and also has work experience in the international business world. Consequently, she is also able to identify with many of the challenges facing white collar crime defendants in a manner that her colleagues cannot.

Often setting her own course, NiaLena is known for always putting her clients' interests first: that reputation was initially earned when she was the youngest and only female attorney representing a high-ranking organized crime figure in the federal RICO trial of U.S. v. Joseph Merlino and yet did not hesitate to separate her client, Frank Gambino, and go against the old-boys network of other criminal lawyers representing mafia co-defendants. Her client who emerged from the trial victorious through his acquittals of attempted murder and racketeering charges and with an outcome better than the other defendants was the beneficiary of NiaLena's individual courage, relentlessness, and strategic creativity. NiaLena's closing argument on behalf of Frank Gambino was then chosen in a nationwide contest and featured by the Center for Criminal Justice Advocacy in Houston, and it is still being used to this day by professors around the country as a way to instruct students.

• "Lifetime Achievement Membership" among America’s Top 100 Attorneys®
• "Lifetime Achievement Membership" among America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys®
• "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by The National Trial Lawyers
• "Best Attorneys Of America" Lifetime Charter Member by Rue Ratings
• "10 Best" Attorneys in PA and "10 Best" Law Firms in PA by American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
• "Global Awards Winner - PA Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year" by Corporate INTL
• "Leading Lawyer Award Winner - PA Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year" by Lawyers World
• "Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers" in Philadelphia by Three Best Rated®

NiaLena has also served not only as lead counsel in numerous serious multi-defendant federal and state criminal cases but also was the youngest and only female attorney representing Senator Vincent Fumo, long regarded as the most powerful politician in Pennsylvania, during his five-month high profile political corruption white collar federal trial.

NiaLena's efforts to never leave a stone unturned have been publicly recognized by federal judges, the press, her colleagues, and her former clients. In this regard, NiaLena invites all readers to visit her website for a more comprehensive discussion on her career.

A frequent guest speaker at The Wharton School regarding the ethics of white collar crime, NiaLena credits much of her success to her beloved mentor and former law partner, F. Emmett Fitzpatrick. NiaLena also very much appreciates the wonderful reviews posted by her clients and also by fellow lawyers on Avvo, SuperLawyers, and Google.

Year this Office was Established: 2009

Languages: Greek, English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Federal Criminal Defense; Racketeering; Organized Crime; Corrupt Organizations; Conspiracy; Mail Fraud; Financial Crimes; Loan Fraud; Bank Fraud; Tax Fraud; Mortgage Fraud; Investment Fraud; Access Device Fraud; Health Care Fraud; Medicare Fraud; Honest Services Fraud; Passport Fraud; International Crimes; Falsifying Export Documents; Smuggling Goods; Tax Offenses; Political Corruption; Public Corruption; Obstruction of Justice; False Statements to Law Enforcement; Crimes Involving Woman-Owned and Minority Businesses; Illegal Trafficking; Federal Drug Trafficking; Federal Firearms Violations; Narcotics Trafficking; Weapons Trafficking; Violent Crimes; Death Penalty Homicides; Aggravated Assault; Post-trial Matters; PCRA; Federal Habeas; Federal Sentencing; Downward Departures and Variances; Federal Grand Jury Investigations; Criminal Investigations; Internal Investigations.

Areas of Law Description

NiaLena has extensive experience defending cases under investigation by various agencies (i.e. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); United States Secret Service (USSS); National Security Agency (NSA); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); Office of Inspector General (OIG); U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Internal Revenue Service (IRS); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); and United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).) NiaLena's federal criminal defense practice extends not only to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (including Philadelphia and its surrounding counties (i.e. Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Berks County, Chester County, Lehigh County, Lancaster County, and Northampton County) and the Middle District of Pennsylvania (including Harrisburg, Scranton, Williamsport, and Wilkes-Barre), but also to the District of New Jersey (including Camden, Trenton, and Newark), the Washington, D.C. Metro area and Eastern District of Virginia, and multiple jurisdictions in the U.S.


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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • The National Trial Lawyers (membership by invitation only)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL)
  • Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee (Eastern District of PA)

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