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I am a former prosecutor specializing in criminal defense and civil rights cases. I take care of my clients by giving them the personal attention they need. I am always available to speak and discuss their case.  Of course, I am committed to getting my clients the best possible results. 


I have provided legal commentary on Television (CNN, MSNBC), Internet (Huff Post Live, Democracy Now) and radio (Sirius XM) and have been quoted in various newpapers (The New Yorker, The New York Times, NY Daily News, NY Post). I have advocated for criminal justice reform speaking at the American Justice Summit and several law schoiols including Miami Law School and UCLA School of Law.


Languages spoken: Spanish, Italian

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Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 50%
    11 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    16 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 10%
    1 year
  4. Federal Crime: 10%
    1 year



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  • Adam S. Covitt

    I have known Paul Prestia for over 15 years. He is a talented attorney and zealous advocate. I recommend him without reservation.


    Adam Covitt Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Maryam Jahedi

    Attorney Prestia is a zealous, knowledgable, and passionate advocate who cares deeply for his clients. He is well respected in the community of criminal defense and civil rights lawyers. I strongly recommend him to anyone needing legal representation.


    Maryam Jahedi Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Prestia Law Firm

65 Broadway,
Suite 716
New York, NY, 10006-2503


NYCurrently registered 199907/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Named to the Super Lawyer List 2016Superlawyers2016
Top 20 Most Popular Interviews of 2014Democracy Now!2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Prestia Law Firm, PLLC2003 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyKings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney1999 - Present
Prosecuting AttorneyKings Country (Brooklyn) District Attorney1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York County Lawyers' Associationcivil rights committee2014 - Present
Colombian Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kalief Browder v. The City of NYN/A
US v. Francisco PicadoN/A
Cops Acted like DildopesN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St John's University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
State University of New York, College at GeneseoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UCLA Law SchoolThe Extraordinary Quest For Justice2015
Last Word with Lawrence O'DonnellProblems at Rikers Island2015
Inside City HallExplosive Rikers Videos2015
Huff Post LiveRiker Reform2015
Huff Post Lice- Marc Lamont HillCOmmentary on Explosive Rikers Videos2015
HPLKalief Browder commits suicide2015
Congressional BriefingCriminal Justice Reform2015
All In With Chris HayesKalief Browder Commits Suicide2015
Democracy NowSolitary Confinment2014
ABCThe Kalief Browder Story2014
Huffington Post LiveJailed without Conviction2013