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Practice areas:

Family, Criminal Defense, Real Estate, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury

About Me

Joseph Lento is a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney at Lento Law Firm who devotes himself to defending his clients in criminal cases. He works closely with each individual client to customize his or her defense. Being faced with criminal charges can be stressful, and he is dedicated to helping clients achieve positive results in these difficult situations. 

Lento, a Philadelphia native, earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Villanova University before graduating with his juris doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law. He then began practicing law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He learned what it takes to win from a legend among Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys.

Years later, he established Lento Law Firm, where he continues to defend his clients with fortitude and perseverance. He has represented dozens of clients with charges such as assault, DUI/drunk driving, drug charges and weapon charges. An experienced attorney can be crucial when facing criminal charges, and Lento has spent nearly a decade working with the Pennsylvania criminal justice system. 

Lento prides himself on two things: having heart and driving hard to achieve goals. As a veteran of the court, his knowledge of the important decisions and processes involved in criminal charges will help guide you through the stages of your case. He is prepared to go the extra mile for each of his clients, and achieving a positive solution for you is his primary concern. 

Joseph Lento continues to devote his career to defending his clients. He is an active and respected member of the legal community, with numerous memberships in organizations such as the Philadelphia Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2008

  1. Personal Injury: 20%
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
  3. Real Estate: 20%
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
  5. Family: 20%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

17 total 

  • J. Thomas Smith Ph.D.

    I endorse this lawyer.

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  • James Robert Emerson

    Joe is an outstanding attorney who has great compassion for his clients and will fight to the end for them. I would not hesitate to contact Joe if I was in need of a skilled attorney.

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    James Emerson Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Lento Law Firm

1500 Walnut Street
Suite 1207
Philadelphia, PA, 19102

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NJActive200805/29/2015
PAActive200805/31/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in PA, 2013

    updated

    Suspended means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    Joseph’s comment: “I hold my head up high the way I live my life. Above all else, I can proudly state that what was claimed had NOTHING to do with my clients or my work on their behalf as an attorney. Although some may fault me for my marketing / business development efforts as a young and aggressive, self-taught attorney and business owner, my drive in life makes me who I am. I CONSENTED to my suspension to move forward, and I know better than most not to judge without having ALL of the facts before me”

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2013
Recipient of the Honorable Nicholas A. Cipriani ScholarshipTemple University - James E. Beasley School of Law2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Business DevelopmentThomson Reuters2014 - 2014
Licensed RealtorBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Fox & Roach, Realtors2014 - Present
Certified ArbitratorPhiladelphia Court Of Common Pleas2009 - Present
Attorney & Counselor at LawLento Law Firm2008 - Present
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas & Municipal CourtFirst Judicial District Of Pennsylvania2003 - 2008

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Pennsylvania Association of RealtorsAttorney Member2014 - Present
Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors [GPAR]Attorney Member2014 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2013 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysAttorney Member2013 - Present
Business Networking InternationalAttorney Member2012 - 2013
Philadelphia Criminal Law American Inn of CourtFounding Member2011 - 2013
Delaware County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - 2011
Burlington County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - 2010
Bucks County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - 2010
Montgomery County (PA) Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - 2010
Camden County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - 2010
Philadelphia Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
Sons of ItalyMember1999 - Present
Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law SectionAttorney MemberN/A
Philadelphia Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionAttorney MemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Penny ChapmanNegotiated guilty plea
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. L.T.Prosecution Withdrawn
Dog Bite Settlement$200,000 Settlement

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Thomson ReutersMultidisciplinary Research Issues2014
Thomson ReutersThe Downside to Google Keyword Searching2014
Thomson ReutersEmpowering Researchers with the Right Tools2014
Thomson ReutersChallenges in Multidisciplinary Research2014
Thomson ReutersThe Proper Role of Keyword Searching in Multidisciplinary Resarch2014
Thomson ReutersCreating New Knowledge Through Research2014
Lento Law Firm NewsletterWhat happens if I violate my probation? Reasons Why You Do Not Want to See Your Back Judge2014
Lento Law Firm NewsletterTrends in the Center City Philadelphia Residential Real Estate Market2014
Lento Law Firm NewsletterRenting vs. Buying - Both Have Their Time and Place2014
Lento Law Firm NewsletterHome Inspections 1012014
Philadelphia InquirerWoman in SEPTA Bus Shooting Pleads Guilty2012
Philadelphia Daily NewsWoman Who Prompted SEPTA Bus Shooting Pleads Guilty2012
Philadelphia InquirerAmid Credibility Issues, Five Philly Narcotics Officers, Lieutenant Transferred2012
Philadelphia InquirerConflict-of-Interest Removal of Prosecutor Confirmed2011
Philadelphia Daily NewsSource: A.D.A. Pulled From Case After Being Romantically Linked to Alleged Drug Dealer2011
Philadelphia Inquirer4 Held for Trial in Bus Strafing2011
Fox 29 NewsSuspect's Lawyer Explains SEPTA Shooting2011
Fox 29 NewsSuspect's Lawyer Explains SEPTA Shooting2011

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
United States Marine Corps Officer Candidates SchoolOfficer Candidate TrainingOfficer Candidate Training1999
Villanova UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1999

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Thomson Reuters Speaking InvitatonCreating New Knowledge Through Research2014
Thomson Reuters Speaking InvitationThe Proper Role of Keyword Searching in Multidisciplinary Resarch2014
Thomson Reuters Speaking InvitationChallenges in Multidisciplinary Research2014
Thomson Reuters Speaking InvitationEmpowering Researchers with the Right Tools2014
Thomson Reuters Speaking InvitationThe Downside to Google Keyword Searching2014
Thomson Reuters Speaking InvitationMultidisciplinary Research Issues2014
Philadelphia Business NetworkingDUI Blood Tests After Missouri v. McNeely2014
Philadelphia Business NetworkingUnderstanding the Mortgage Process When Buying a Home2014
Philadelphia Business NetworkingA DUI and a CDL - They Mix Like Oil and Water2014
Philadelphia Busines NetworkingPhiladelphia's Actual Value Initiative - Was it worth the wait?2014
Philadelphia Criminal Law American Inn of CourtExpert Testimony in a Criminal Case Video Production2013
Philadelphia Criminal Law American Inn of CourtExpert Testimony in a Criminal Case2013
Philadelphia Criminal Law American Inn of CourtScience Casts Doubt on Criminal Arson Investigations2013
Community College of Philadelphia Classroom Speaking InvitationFrom Offer to Settlement - A Residential Real Estate Transaction from Start to Finish2013
Business Networking International - The Union League of PhiladelphiaGrandparents' Rights in a Custody Case2013
Business Networking International - The Union League of PhiladelphiaFirst Time Offender Programs in Philadelphia - A Second Chance2013
Business Networking International - The Union League of PhiladelphiaDoctors, Nurses, and Teachers - Oh my! How a DUI Can Affect a Professional License2013
Business Networking International - The Union League of PhiladelphiaDUI - From a slap on the wrist to the prospect of .05 % - How did we get here?2013
Business Networking International - The Union League of PhiladelphiaFrom Arrest to Verdict- A Philadelphia Criminal Case from Start to Finish2013
Philadelphia Inquirer InterviewWoman in SEPTA bus shooting pleads guilty2012
Philadelphia Daily News InterviewWoman who prompted SEPTA bus shooting pleads guilty2012
Philadelphia Business NetworkingGet What You Want - Negotiating Strategies when Buying a House2012
Philadelphia Business NetworkingDuties Owed in a Pennsylvania Residential Real Estate Transaction - Seller and Buyer Agency2012
Philadelphia Business NetworkingResidential Real Esate Settlements - Last, but by no means least!2012
Philadelphia Business NetworkingBoom Times - Avoiding Legal and Financial Issues in Residential Real Estate Development2012
Community College of Philadelphia Classroom Speaking InvitationFrom LSAT to Bar Exam - The Journey from 1L to Attorney at Law2012
Community College of Philadelphia Career DayA Law Degree Opens Different Doors2012
Business Networking International - The Union League of PhiladelphiaHow do I get ARD? It's not as easy as ABC.2012
Business Networking International - The Union League of PhiladelphiaIntroduction to Family Law Issues2012
Business Networking International - The Union League of PhiladelphiaCustody Procedure in Philadelphia County2012
Philadelphia Inquirer Interview4 held for trial in bus strafing2011
Philadelphia Inquirer InterviewConflict-of-interest removal of prosecutor confirmed2011
Philadelphia Daily News InterviewSource: A.D.A. pulled from case after being romantically linked to alleged drug dealer2011
Philadelphia After Work NetworkingCommercial Leasing Law and Strategic Issues2011
FOX 29 News InterviewSuspect's Lawyer Explains SEPTA Shooting2011
FOX 29 News InterviewSuspect's Lawyer Explains SEPTA Shooting2011
Community College of Philadelphia Career DaySo you want to be a criminal defense attorney?2011
Community College of Philadelphia Classroom Speaking InvitationTrial by Jury? The Reasons For and Against Twelve of Your Peers in a Criminal Case2010
Community College of Philadelphia Classroom Speaking InvitationWorking with Philadelphia At-Risk Youth - Helping Change Lives for the Better2010
Community College of Philadelphia Career DayFirst in the family to go to law school? It has to be someone.2010
Community College of Philadephia Classroom Speaking InvitationWhat should I offer? How much do I need to put down? Buying Your First House2009
Community College of Philadelphia Career DayLaw school at night? It's not for the faint of heart!2009
Criminal Justice SeminarThe Day to Day Practice of Law in Philadelphia2008
Community College of Philadelphia Career DaySo you want to be an attorney?2008