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NiaLena Caravasos

Federal crime Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

5.0   43 reviews
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  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 30 years
    Massachusetts - MA 30 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About NiaLena

Learn NiaLena’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    40%
    My criminal defense practice is focused primarily on federal criminal and white collar crime cases.

  2. White collar crime
    40%
    My criminal defense practice is focused primarily on federal criminal and white collar crime cases.

  3. Criminal defense
    20%
    My criminal defense practice is focused primarily on federal criminal and white collar crime cases.

FEATURED TWICE ON “SUPER LAWYERS” COVER - HONORED AMONG WORLD’S “INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE” - DESCRIBED AS "FIERCE"

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.

 

•  Spotlighted by Super Lawyers in a feature article entitled "Fierce" 
 
*  Featured on 2023 Super Lawyers 20th Anniversary Edition Cover and in Cover Story entitled “The Essence Of Being A Good Lawyer”
 
•  Only Philadelphia criminal lawyer ever featured twice on Super Lawyers Cover

•  Only criminal defense attorney ever featured on Super Lawyers cover in Philadelphia Magazine
 
•  Honored repeatedly among "Top 100 PA" and "Top 100 Philadelphia" and "Top 50 Women" Super Lawyers
 
•  Featured by international non-profit organization among the world's “Inspirational People”

 

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", America’s Top 100 Attorneys® and America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys®

•  "Top 100 Trial Lawyers," The National Trial Lawyers

•  "Best Attorneys Of America" Lifetime Charter MemberRue 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

•  Three Best Rated, Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia

 

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 federal criminal defense practice is primarily focused in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (including Philadelphia and  surrounding counties) but also includes the Middle District of PA, the District of New Jersey, the Washington, D.C. Metro area, and multiple jurisdictions in the U.S. The depth of her experience includes the defense of cases under investigation by various government agencies, such as:

 

•  U.S. Department of Homeland Security;

•  United States Secret Service;

•  Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);

•  Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA);

•  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF);

•  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA);

•  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE);

•  Internal Revenue Service (IRS); 

•  U.S. Small Business Administration;

•  United States Postal Inspection Service.

 

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.

 

Photos and videos

Fumo Federal Corruption Trial (ABC News)
Merlino / Gambino Federal RICO Trial (NBC News)
Merlino / Gambino Federal RICO Trial (ABC News)
Merlino / Gambino Federal RICO Trial (Fox News)
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Location

Law Office Of NiaLena Caravasos, LLC
123 S. Broad Street, Suite 1845
Philadelphia, PA, 19109

Reviews

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Posted by visi | July 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pharmacist in trouble touched by an angel in his shoulder
I don't really know how to start my review of this amazing lawyer and human being. I now truly believe in miracles. This miracle did not come easy if i did not have NiaLena by my side. I was served a target letter by the Department of Justice which turned my world upside down. I am laughing at this statement because my world was upside down even before the letter was received but it took years to see that and realize what a destruction i had been. I looked for a lawyer to represent me and i could not pick anyone until my wife read about her and said to me, it is final we are going with her. She read all her comments and told me to trust her. My wife begged me and so i chose her. I have made horrible decisions in my life and i would have made another one choosing my lawyer but thank god for my wife for the decision she made. I met her the first time in her office and since the begining there was some kind of friction. I was a horrible human being and did not want to change. I wanted my way. I still wanted to continue on the path of destruction which i could not see it was wrong even having a target letter in front of me telling me so. I am a hard headed man which got my way till i dealt with NiaLena. I could not win over her and she broke me down piece by piece everything about me and every lie i ever told. I decided to listen to her and man am i grateful for that. She opened my eyes and reached deep down in me to find a very troubled man lost at the mercy of the law and the world. I can't find the words to describe her as only my heart knows. She took me from the depth of destruction and surfaced me. She gave me a new life. I am a changed man because of her. She is more than an amazing lawyer. She is a friend who will fight for you and cares for you and if you are wrong she will beat you until you get it right. She is simply amazing. I am fortunate enough to listen and practice what she preaches. She is the best by far. She is a strong woman that will never back down and she has great communication skills and pays attention to detail with sound judgement. When dealing with the DEA/FBI is no easy task, without NiaLena i can only imagine where my life would be. I am crying now and these are happy tears. She helped me not only with the case but also in all areas of my life. She became family. She won the case for me and she has won a friend for life. I owe it to her this new life and the amazing experiences i am dealing with. If you read this message just as my wife did do yourself a favor and chose the amazing NiaLena, that is if you want to change and see a positive transformation in your life. I trusted NiaLena with my life and trusted her till the end and never questioned anymore if I made the right choice because she will always delivered the right outcome. I lost my mother to cancer but if she was here she will deeply hugged you for saving her son. My wife and my Albanian family are forever thankfull to you. You are truly an OUTSTANDING lawyer with a great heart.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2013
It Is Because Of NiaLena That I Now Have My Life And Career Back
The day that I met NiaLena was one of the worst days that I can remember in my entire life. All that I had worked so hard to accomplish in my life and in my career as a senior business executive was ready to come crashing down due to my own stupidity. Every time I thought things were as bad as they could get, they somehow managed to get even worse. And that's when I found NiaLena. She cleared her schedule to meet with me right away. She never judged me, she listened with far more than lawyerly interest, and she was totally and brutally honest with me. Her calmness and steadiness and insight and wisdom were so reassuring that for the first time in a long time, I felt like I was finally talking to someone who would guide me as best as anyone could and accurately give me the true information I needed to make the best decisions and move forward from the mess that had become my life. More than all of this though, NiaLena really cared about me. Her numerous emails, not only from her office but also from her European vacation, and her inquiries about my life aside from this case were certainly above the call of duty and were not only greatly appreciated but were also my lifeline during this most catastrophic period. I was in jeopardy to lose it all – my life to the prison system and my career and top position in the world of high-level finance – but I was saved from both, thanks to NiaLena and the incredible representation that she gave me. I knew before I hired her that she was a great attorney, but I have also come to know for sure that she is an even better person. I feel blessed to have met her at this time in my life. I truly believe that it is because of her that I now have my life and career back.
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Posted by Michele | November 4, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Genuinely Caring Human Being Who Happens to be an Excellent Attorney
I rarely leave reviews but in stressful times like these when you run into a true advocate, you want to let the world know. Don't walk but run to Attorney Caravasos's office. She responded in minutes to an email (after hours) regarding my very young nephew facing life in prison for an accident. The caveat is she was unable to take his case on the state level but offered a very qualified referral in back to back swift responses. She copied in the referred attorney, including their email and website. Her paralegal also tried to contact me immediately to ensure I received the email, and would have been successful had I not typed in the wrong number. Not to be deterred she followed up with a second email letting me know there was an issue with the number I sent. This is a true sign of a professional and someone who is on top things. Even though I had nothing to offer, that would benefit her business, she took the time to assist. Please take these reviews to heart and contact her. you will not regret it.
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Posted by Jessica | February 16, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Absolutely exceptional attorney
Facing charges in a criminal case is anxiety ridden and devastating. When NiaLena contacted me to be local counsel on a white collar criminal matter in federal court in Virginia, I knew that she embodied everything one would want in an attorney as they navigated this daunting process. She is compassionate, fearless, knowledgeable, and thorough. The case went on far longer than anyone expected -- years -- and NiaLena never ceased to amaze me with her advocacy. She treated every issue, no matter how minor, with the same care she would have for a member of her own family. Not one element was ever overlooked, and the end result was amazing. Through her hard work understanding the case, getting to know the client, interfacing with the government, and presentation to the Judge, she truly achieved the best possible outcome. Even the government recognized her impressive skills. I was proud to stand next to her in court.
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Posted by Belle | January 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Light at the End of the Tunnel
When I initially consulted NiaLena 4 ½ years ago, I felt alone and overcome with anxiety and fear from my legal situation with the federal government and saw only darkness in my future. From our first meeting, however, I knew NiaLena was the only criminal defense attorney who had the desire and passion to walk with me through the complicated process of a white collar crime and from the onset, she became committed to me on a personal level. Throughout my lengthy legal process spanning several years, NiaLena was always available, patient and supportive every step of the way. NiaLena never minimized my offense but was always upfront and honest with me even when her comments were painful to hear. In doing so, she gave me support in order that I could get the best, long-lasting results to changes I needed to make for my own well being. She was exceedingly thorough in explaining in detail the consequences of my actions including a probable prison term and knew how to effectively communicate the intricacies of my felony case from start to finish. This was so critical to me as I was unfamiliar with the procedures of the law. During this period, her encouragement in how I might improve other aspects of my life was so appreciated and proved to be of tremendous value. Her insight gave me a deeper perspective of how I view my life and how I can improve it. The stress of the law process was, at times, overwhelming but starting therapy proved an enormous difference to me in gaining control of my emotions and helped control that stress. At one point during my case, it was necessary that I testify in court. NiaLena worked very hard with me through countless demanding and exhaustive preparation sessions which served to reduce my anxiety and gain the confidence to deliver a successful testimony in court. NiaLena never made any promises regarding the outcome of my case but always stood by my side and gave me her very best efforts each and every time. She helped me recognize how my past experience in a conflicted relationship with a domineering spouse combined with my poor judgement in business as well as my own life could have contributed to my committing a crime. The sentencing outcome of my case was not only better than I had hoped, but also was principally credited to her outstanding skill in and out of the courtroom as a federal white collar criminal lawyer and untiring efforts as my attorney. As part of the elderly population, a prison sentence for me would likely have resulted in additional health complications and possibly death, especially during a highly infectious viral pandemic. Truly, she is a fierce advocate for her clients and I will always be grateful to her for guiding me through this incredibly difficult period. NiaLena was my salvation; she was my light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps I can get back to living my life now as a free woman who received no prison sentence. I don’t know how I would have been able to endure this terrible situation without her help. NiaLena is more than my legal counsel, she will remain my friend and I am so appreciative to her for representing me. She is not only an excellent criminal defense attorney, she truly cares for her clients. I can see why NiaLena has been singled out for so many different honors and awards. One of the things that impressed me the most about her was the sheer and unrelenting passion and determination to help me and the endless amount of time that she devoted to me for years. No other lawyer would do that unless they were billing hourly, which she was not. She was just driven by a sincere desire to save my life and to make it better. And she did.
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Posted by Ferle | October 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best lawyer ever
NiaLena is a wonderful lawyer. Anyone who has a chance to communicate with her won’t go no further because she is the one. She is a human bean before being a lawyer. She is very caring, very compassionate, very helpful, and very respectful. When you talk to her, she talk back to you. If you ask her for help, she will help you out, or if she can not help out she will refer you to someone who can help you out. In conclusion I would say she’s a lifesaver
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Posted by Shan | July 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lifesaver
When I needed a criminal federal lawyer, I was initially referred to someone else. Several months after I hired that other lawyer, he still hadn't bothered to learn anything about me or my case and I realized that he didn't really care about what happened to me. It was then that I found NiaLena Caravasos. The first thing I saw when I read up on her was FIERCE and from there I knew she was the one. There's no one you can compare her to because she's more than a lawyer. During our time together NiaLena showed me that she cared about my well being by going the extra mile. She used all of her resources to build a good case for my defense. I tried to put up a good front to try and hide what I was going through but she saw through that. I had attempted suicide and she realized that I suffer from depression my whole life and needed help. I also had a stroke, and NiaLena worked with the doctor who treated me and also my psychologist to show that the medical effects of the stroke affected my brain and my judgment regarding the crimes that I committed. I didn't really want to deal with all of this, but NiaLena kept pushing me because she wanted to keep me out of prison. When I would slack off she'd get on me as a mother would, so I can honestly say I've gained a lawyer, mother and friend. When I cried about something, I felt that she cried too. It started to become personal for me. I had serious white collar criminal charges against me and NiaLena fought for me for more than five years. With her great negotiating skills, she was able to persuade the government and the judge to give me a second chance. The outcome of the case was as good as it could have been and I was happy and relieved to have my freedom. I couldn't thank NiaLena enough for saving my life and what she did for me.
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Posted by Janice | January 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thoughtfully helped me
This kind lady was thoughtful enough to answers some questions I had regarding something that she doesn't represent and helped guide me without hitch or hesitation in the right direction. Thank you!
Posted by Gina Shannon Forte | September 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic legal and business savvy
NIALENA CARAVASOS has a fantastic combination of legal and business savvy. Based in the global emerging city of Philadelphia she stands out amongst the city’s finest lawyers. Nialena resides in the gorgeous little town of Swarthmore, Pa. and understands the community’s fabric. Nialena splits her time between Philadelphia and Greece. When it was time for college, she had to choose between following the scientific path of her engineer father—Caravasos was one of a handful of women admitted to MIT that year—or follow the path of her mother, who’d been a lawyer in Greece. Her esteemed education put’s her in the select 1% of America’s top female legal and businesswoman practicing law today. Her legal aptitude and instinct serve both private and public institutions. Her commitment and dedication also serve private individuals and families. How lucky Philadelphia is to have her in the City of brother of love.
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Posted by Cobie | September 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She wanted more for me then 30 years in prison
Nia I didn’t know they did reviews on here this one is long time due. In 2002 I found myself in trouble. All I can say is I’m home and happy due to the Nia Lena’s help. She always was straight with me about my options and choices. Told me if I wasn’t willing to fight no need in wasting my money. Thankyou always grateful.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond an Excellent Attorney
After making a very bad decision, I realized I could be charged with multiple federal crimes. Knowing that I could lose everything that is important in my life, I was fortunate that my next decision was to seek legal representation from NiaLena. That decision was one of the best decisions I ever made. During my initial consultation, it was very clear I was getting guidance from an outstanding attorney and someone who truly cared to help me make profoundly positive changes in my life. NiaLena gave me advice that I would be lucky to get from my closest friend or relative. Throughout the process, it was very reassuring to feel the genuine support that I needed. My best decision was following her advice that continues to pay dividends every day. NiaLena is beyond an excellent attorney, she is a credit to her profession and wonderful person.
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Posted by Pia | March 31, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I am alive and thanks to Nialena
I got myself victim to a crime that I did not commit and was ready to end my life but somewhere I wanted to fight this and that's when I googled best top lawyers in Philadelphia and came across Nialena. I contacted her not knowing she was on a vacation but I got a reply immediately which changed my life. Even after knowing that she will not be able to represent me, she still replied immediately, assuring me and directing me to the right person. Had she waited to return from her vacation to reply, I would have not been alive by now. I am very grateful to Nialena for all the help , time and care she invested in my most difficult time of my life.
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Posted by Jean | March 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Federal Attorney
It has been my personal experience that when an individual or a family is investigated or charged with a crime by a federal agency, it is extremely frightening. The most important thing to remember about federal crimes, is the need for the BEST criminal attorney available. NiaLena is by far, the BEST FEDERAL attorney I know. She possesses strategic prowess and an aggressive, yet classy approach to deal with federal agents and prosecution to effectively neutralize any negative evidence accumulated. NiaLena has not only the knowledge but also the expertise to confront the federal prosecuting attorneys for a positive, winning, outcome. NiaLena worked passionately to make sure that the government did not include me in the charges against my son when he became a federal target. NiaLena is a true advocate and friend to all who are in need of protection from the federal government. Since that time in my life, NiaLena has been a constant source of information, guidance, and assistance. She is an amazingly talented and gifted attorney. If you need a federal attorney, you do not need to look any further. She will take care of you and your situation without fail.
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
seems great
She did try to provide me with the best information possible, even though she was able to represent me due to my case not being a federal case. She still answered many of my questions. She truly shows that she cares.
Posted by SEAN | June 30, 2015
METICULOUS NIALENA
The day I got indicted was one of the lowest points in my life. My family retained a lawyer for me and he got me out on bail that day. I set up a meeting with him and I was not impressed by him or the way he told me he was going to work my case. He thought I was going to keep him just because we graduated from the same high school. After the meeting I was not happy, so I decided when I got home to search the internet with some of my family members. That is when we came across NiaLena. After reading the reviews on the AVVO site, the article in Philadelphia magazine, and about other cases and people she represented we decided that NiaLena was the person we needed to represent me. After making this decision I emailed her and she promptly responded back to me and set up an appointment to meet. The meeting was quite different from the other lawyers, NiaLena was courteous and showed that she cared about my family and me, that she would be there for us no matter what time of day or night. She was always, and still is very reachable and diligent. NiaLena also decided she was up to the challenge ahead of her to take me on as a client in this high profile RICO conspiracy case in Philadelphia against Ironworkers Local 401, I was facing a 60 year sentence for various charges. But with her out of the box thinking and work ethic and never-tiring attitude NiaLena made a very bad situation a very, very good one, at least one that my family and I could deal with. I know that without NiaLena I would not have gotten a sentence of a couple years to serve in a camp. I would probably be worse off if I hired a different attorney because I first-hand saw the representation the other defendants in the case received and the sentences they are receiving. NiaLena in my opinion is the best attorney in Philadelphia. Her Meticulous, Ethical, Courteous ways give her clients the best outcome in all of her cases. She truly is amazing!! Sean
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Posted by Joel | June 18, 2015
My Moral Compass
With the exception of my mom and my best friend, NiaLena has had the most positive impact on my life. Wow, even writing that statement seems bizarre, as this is my attorney that we’re talking about. To think of NiaLena as “just my attorney”, wouldn’t do our relationship justice. Not only is NiaLena my attorney, she’s my mentor, my confidante, and most importantly my friend. In a recent conversation (yes, we still talk even though my case has ended), I believe I used the phrase, ”I silently hear your voice, gently guiding me toward the right decisions”. From the moment I met NiaLena, I knew that she was different. At the time, I was just 24 years old, facing the hardest situation I could have ever imagined, multiple counts of mail and wire fraud. The attorney who represented me previously was your typical schmoozer who promised me the world but did little work for the money I paid. Once the indictment came, he suggested that I seek other counsel because he couldn't help me anymore. Over the next several weeks I interviewed numerous attorneys (i.e. ex prosecutors, large law firm partners, and others from small firms). To be honest, all the meetings blend together with the exception of NiaLena. I’ll never forget what NiaLena said to me at our first meeting, ”If your goal is to just win the case, you’re not a client for me, but if you intend to work hard and make real life changes, I’d consider taking you on as a client”. This statement left me floored. I had spent the last several weeks listening to countless sales pitches and here she was telling me about the life changes I needed to make and the hard work that I would be putting in if “she” wanted to take me on as a client. Looking back on this meeting now, those words ring more true today than I ever could have imagined. NiaLena had realized (before I did) that I had become very lost and needed help to find my way back. My case was complicated; we had a few thousand victims, multiple defendants, many thousands of pages of discovery, a multi-million dollar loss amount, as well as an unusual story on how I got involved in this complex fraudulent white collar operation. Throughout this difficult time, NiaLena was right there, reassuring me that as long as I worked hard and did the right things, she would fight for me and have me do things intended to make me a better person, which in turn would help my case. This included working with a forensic psychiatrist. I was reluctant at first, but NiaLena assured me that it was imperative to dive down to the root of the problem and figure out why I had made some of the life decisions that ruined my life. NiaLena also helped me start college and find my one true passion - working with Special Needs kids. In the 2 years of my case, unlike my codefendants who hardly ever heard from their lawyers, I FaceTime’d with NiaLena on a weekly basis and emailed almost everyday. As one might imagine, over the course of our relationship, we had our ups and downs. Looking back now, I realize that I took a lot of my frustration out on her. I’m one of the lucky ones who have been blessed to have NiaLena in my life. With her, my case had the best possible outcome that one could hope for. NiaLena was able to put together a creative argument that decreased my loss amount and reduced my exposure. I was originally looking at a lot of time (my codefendants got 16 and 18 years), but I only served 8 months in a camp. On the day of sentencing, she showed the court that I was a young person who had gotten very messed up and had made a terrible mistake but had truly turned my life around. The judge even stated, ”you have done everything humanly possible to change and I wish I didn’t have to sentence you to prison”. NiaLena invests her heart and soul into her clients because she truly wants to help restore them to good lives. Put simply, NiaLena is one of those, “once or maybe twice in a lifetime type individuals” and I’m forever grateful for all she has done.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2015
THE WORLD WILL NEVER KNOW MY NAME, THANKS TO NIALENA
Thanks to NiaLena, the world will never know my name, at least not in the criminal context. When I first contacted NiaLena, I was a well-known federal government official with everything to lose. I headed a major federal government law enforcement organization with several hundred employees. I was having personal problems, and I foolishly allowed them to spill over into the workplace and to threaten my career, my freedom, and my lifetime achievements. When NiaLena heard my story, she was brutally honest with me about the fact that I was now at risk of being criminally charged for allegedly violating the very laws that I had sworn to uphold. Although I didn’t like hearing the truth at the time, it was exactly what I needed so that I would wake up and get it together. Her representation involved several closed-door hearings and spanned the top of the Northeast Corridor to Philadelphia and down to Washington, D.C. NiaLena didn’t stop pushing and pushing until she meticulously analyzed and presented every aspect of my life in order to convince the appropriate agencies not to charge me criminally. In the end, not only was I not indicted but I was also allowed to maintain my government career and pension. Thank you, NiaLena, for preserving my career, my freedom, and my dignity. Other criminal lawyers say they’re the best; NiaLena just is.
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Posted by Larry | April 16, 2015
MORE THAN A DEFENSE ATTORNEY – A FRIEND & FIERCE ADVOCATE OF HER CLIENTS
She is above the rest! She realistically sets her defense on the factual basis of the case; she provides honest advice to her clients that may not be music to the ears of many, but at the conclusion of their cases, the honest advice is much appreciated. She promises nothing other than a superior defense, she advocates within the limits of the law; she believes that a good defense is as good as the honesty of her clients. NiaLena advised me in every possible way to stay focused on my case in federal court so that she could in return provide me with the best defense. Interestingly, during the proceedings of my case, she provided me with so much compassion that I really didn’t need to think beyond my legal situation, but stayed focus on doing the things that she was telling me to do! With her help, I was able to understand the depth of the trauma and scars stemming from events that occurred in my childhood in my native land, events that carried into my adulthood and led me to behave in ways that now threatened my freedom and jeopardized my career as a businessman. NiaLena’s professional and legal representation during the 2 1/2 years that my case lasted proved very powerful. As expected, based on her work, the Judge in my case showed tremendous respect for her work. Importantly, based on how well I was prepared by NiaLena, at the end of my case, the federal judge was so moved and impressed with how I conducted myself throughout the process, he called me up to his bench where he presided, asked me to shake my hand, and he wished me good luck and success. Even though I was initially embarrassed and ashamed to face my family and loved ones, I was able to survive because God opened many doors for me by placing NiaLena in my life to assist me in standing strong to be the good person that I am. Due to God’s love and mercy, my sentence was dramatically reduced to probation instead of prison, which hardly ever happens in federal court. My probation sentence can be largely credited to the superior skills of my attorney NiaLena. She has become more than my counsel, she is my friend. Selecting NiaLena as my attorney was a life changing experience for me and my family. I am so very thankful that I did not have to serve jail time. Thank you so very much NiaLena for being a fierce advocate for the “little guys” and a super counsel for everyone you come in contact with. God bless you! • I recommend NiaLena Caravasos. • I hired NiaLena about than 3 years ago. • NiaLena handled my Criminal Defense case better than anyone else would have done. • I am a better man today because of NiaLena.
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Posted by Patricia | February 10, 2015
Super Lawyer!!!
For over 33 years I was the Administrator of a Personal Injury Law Firm located in Philadelphia. During that extended period of time I met countless attorneys, some I admired and some I did not admire. Through experience, I came to know what a true "Philadelphia Lawyer" should be. There are few attorneys I would recommend to friends or relatives. The exception would be NiaLena Caravasos. I know Ms. Caravasos on both a professional and personal level. In fact, I am proud to say that I consider her to be my personal attorney. Within the past year I engaged Ms. Caravasos to represent me in a personal/business matter. Ms. Caravasos was always professional, responsive and efficient. She was also both extremely competent and compassionate. She listened, gave sound advice, and resolved the issue to everyone's satisfaction....and then she did the extraordinary, she followed up to make certain that the terms of the agreement were adhered to. A rare quality! I, therefore, recommend NiaLena Caravasos, without hesitation, to anyone who may require an attorney that would fall under the purview of her expansive expertise. When you are in need of an attorney who will look out for your best interests, while possessing the traits of integrity, experience, and competency, NiaLena Caravasos should be your choice. She was mine and I never regretted it!
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Posted by NiaLena Helped Me Avoid 15 years | February 8, 2015
NiaLena is Awesome
NiaLena provided the tough love, care, and attention to the law that I needed. I was convicted of a Federal Crime of which I faced a 15 year sentence. NiaLena admonished me in every way so that I she could then provide me with the best possible defense. No other lawyer would have provided me with the tough love that I needed. With her help, I was able to confess to the courts, my family, and professionals who provided me with additional counseling that I needed. NiaLena’s love shined through the 60+ page Sentencing Memo that she prepared. The Judge even complimented her on her work. It was absolutely TREMENDOUS! Even though I was initially embarrassed and ashamed to stand before my family and the court on Sentencing Day, I was able to stand because God had placed NiaLena by my side. By God’s grace, my sentence was dramatically reduced to just over one year. Much of that is due to the skill of my attorney NiaLena. She works by Love. Listen to her Counsel!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office Of NiaLena Caravasos, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Fitzpatrick & Caravasos, PC
  • 1997 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Honorable Lisa Aversa Richette
  • 1995 - 1997

Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. J.B.
  • Prevented any charges being filed against a Vice-President of the Federal Reserve Bank under criminal investigation by the FBI for allegations of possession of child pornography as well as misuse of government property.
  • In re Confidential Federal Investigation
  • Successfully represented NSA employee with the highest clearance levels, Top Secret (TS) and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), for illegal activity that supposedly transpired when he was working in the Middle East.
  • U.S. v. J.N.
  • Victorious representation of a commercial broker in a massive mail & wire fraud conspiracy involving thousands of victims & many millions of dollars in loss that was described by CNBC as "one of the largest known advance fee schemes in U.S. history."
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Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Hellenic Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Wharton Alumni Club of Philadelphia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Federal Defense Attorneys (AFDA)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Member (by invitation only)
  • N/A
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Criminal Trial Lawyers' Association
  • Member (by invitation only)
  • N/A
  • The College of Physicians of Philadelphia; Section on Medicine, Ethics & the Law
  • Member (by invitation only)
  • N/A
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Member (by invitation only)
  • N/A
  • Alumni Interview Program for The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ambassador, Wharton School Committee
  • N/A
  • University of Pennsylvania, Association of Alumnae
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Greek
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • One of Only 2 US Lawyers Featured Among “Inspirational People”
  • Inspirational People
  • 2024
  • “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2024
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2024
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2024
  • "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2024
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2024
  • Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Three Best Rated®
  • 2024
  • "Lifetime Achievement Membership"
  • America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys®
  • 2024
  • Top 20 Criminal Defense Law Firms in PA
  • Expertise
  • 2023
  • "Lifetime Achievement Membership"
  • America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys®
  • 2023
  • Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Three Best Rated®
  • 2023
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2023
  • "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2023
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2023
  • Selected as a Continuing "Fellow"
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2023
  • One of Only 2 US Lawyers Featured Among “Inspirational People”
  • Inspirational People
  • 2023
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2023
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2023
  • "Top 100" Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • "Top 100" Super Lawyers
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2023
  • "Top 100 Philadelphia" Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • "Top 100 Philadelphia" Super Lawyers
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2023
  • One of Only 2 US Lawyers Featured Among “Inspirational People”
  • Inspirational People
  • 2023
  • Spotlighted in Cover Story "The Essence Of Being A Good Lawyer"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Featured on 20th Anniversary Edition "Super Lawyers" Cover
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2022
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2022
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2022
  • "Top 10" Criminal Defense Attorney
  • The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA)
  • 2022
  • Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Three Best Rated®
  • 2022
  • "Lifetime Achievement Membership"
  • America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys®
  • 2022
  • Top 20 Criminal Defense Law Firms in PA
  • Expertise
  • 2022
  • Selected as a Continuing "Fellow"
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2022
  • One of Only 2 US Lawyers Featured Among “Inspirational People”
  • Inspirational People
  • 2022
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2022
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2022
  • "Top 100" Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • "Top 100" Super Lawyers
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2022
  • "Top 100 Philadelphia" Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • "Top 100 Philadelphia" Super Lawyers
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2022
  • Top 20 Criminal Defense Law Firms in PA
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • "Lifetime Achievement Membership"
  • America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys®
  • 2021
  • Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Three Best Rated®
  • 2021
  • "Top 10" Criminal Defense Attorney
  • The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA)
  • 2021
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2021
  • "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Selected as a Continuing "Fellow"
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2021
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • 2021
  • “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2021
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2021
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2021
  • "Top 100" Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • "Top 100" Super Lawyers
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2021
  • "Top 100 Philadelphia" Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • "Top 100 Philadelphia" Super Lawyers
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2021
  • One of Only 2 US Lawyers Featured Among “Inspirational People”
  • Inspirational People
  • 2021
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Selected as a Continuing "Fellow"
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2020
  • "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2020
  • "Top 10" Criminal Defense Attorney
  • The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA)
  • 2020
  • Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Three Best Rated®
  • 2020
  • "Lifetime Achievement Membership"
  • America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys®
  • 2020
  • Top 20 Criminal Defense Law Firms in PA
  • Expertise
  • 2020
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2020
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2020
  • "Top 100" Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • "Top 100" Super Lawyers
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2020
  • "Top 100 Philadelphia" Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • "Top 100 Philadelphia" Super Lawyers
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2020
  • “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2020
  • "Lifetime Achievement Membership"
  • America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys®
  • 2019
  • Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Three Best Rated®
  • 2019
  • "Top 10" Criminal Defense Attorney
  • The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA)
  • 2019
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2019
  • "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Selected as a Continuing "Fellow"
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2019
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2019
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2019
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2019
  • “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2019
  • "Lifetime Achievement Membership"
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys®
  • 2018
  • "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Selected as a Continuing "Fellow"
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2018
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2018
  • "Top 10" Criminal Defense Attorney
  • The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA)
  • 2018
  • Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Three Best Rated®
  • 2018
  • "Lifetime Achievement Membership"
  • America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys®
  • 2018
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2018
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 10-Year "Super Lawyers" Selection in Criminal Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2018
  • Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Three Best Rated®
  • 2017
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2017
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • "Lifetime Achievement Membership"
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys®
  • 2017
  • Global Awards ("PA Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year")
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2017
  • Criminal Defense Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2017
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2017
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2017
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Selected as a Continuing "Fellow"
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2017
  • “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Criminal Defense Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2016
  • Global Awards ("PA Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year")
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2016
  • “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2016
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2016
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2016
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2016
  • Selected to become a "Fellow"
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2016
  • Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Three Best Rated®
  • 2016
  • Lifetime Achievement Membership
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys®.
  • 2016
  • "Top 10" Criminal Defense Attorney
  • The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA)
  • 2016
  • "Lifetime Achievement Membership"
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2016
  • "10 Best" Female Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Criminal Defense Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • "Top-Rated Legal Leaders"
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" Law Firms in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2015
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers"
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2015
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2015
  • "Top 10" Criminal Defense Attorney
  • The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA)
  • 2015
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2014
  • "10 Best" Attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • "Top-Rated Legal Leaders"
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • “Best Attorneys Of America” Lifetime Charter Member
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2014
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • "Top-Rated Legal Leaders"
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Global Award
  • M&A International
  • 2013
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2013
  • Spotlighted in Feature Article Entitled "Fierce"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Featured on "Super Lawyers" Cover
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2013
  • Law Award - PA Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year
  • Lawyers World
  • 2013
  • “Top Rated Lawyer in White Collar - Criminal Defense”
  • American Lawyer Media
  • 2013
  • “Top Rated Lawyer in White Collar - Criminal Defense”
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • "Clients' Choice" Award for "White Collar Crime"
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • "Clients' Choice" Award for "Federal Crime"
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Business Edition (White Collar Criminal Defense)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2012
  • Leading Lawyer Award - PA Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year
  • Lawyers World
  • 2012
  • Law Award - PA Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year
  • Lawyers World
  • 2012
  • "Clients' Choice" Award for "Federal Crime"
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • “Top Rated Lawyers in Criminal Defense: White Collar”
  • Corporate Counsel
  • 2012
  • “Top Rated Lawyers in Criminal Defense: White Collar”
  • American Lawyer
  • 2012
  • Global Awards ("PA Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year")
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2012
  • Global Awards ("PA White Collar Crime Attorney of the Year")
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2012
  • "Clients' Choice" Award for "White Collar Crime"
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Recognized as a "Top Northeast Lawyer" for Criminal Defense
  • Avvo (Featured in Arrive Magazine)
  • 2011
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2011
  • Global Awards ("PA Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year")
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2011
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Pennsylvania Law Firm Of The Year in White Collar Crime
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2010
  • Pennsylvania Law Firm Of The Year in Criminal Law
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2010
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2009
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Profiled in "Top Lawyers" edition
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2009
  • Influential Philadelphia Area Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • "Influential Philadelphia Area Lawyers"
  • Super Lawyers (profile in Philadelphia Magazine)
  • 2009
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2008
  • "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • "Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • "Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2006
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • "Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2005
  • "Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyer" in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • Spoltlight: Closing Argument in U.S. v. Merlino
  • Center For Criminal Justice Advocacy
  • 2003
  • Commencement Award (BNA Law Student Award)
  • Boston University School of Law
  • 1993
  • American Jurisprudence Award (Criminal Trial Practice)
  • Boston University School of Law
  • 1993
  • Edward F. Hennessey Scholar
  • Boston University School of Law
  • 1993
  • Commencement Speaker to the Faculty
  • Boston University School of Law
  • 1993
  • Graduated with Honors (Cum Laude)
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1988
  • Selected
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • N/A
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Publications

  • The Forum
  • Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Battle of the Experts hosted by Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Judge of a National Law School Mock Trial Competition
  • 2022
  • The Wharton School and the Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Guest speaker on the practice of federal criminal defense and white collar crime
  • 2018
  • National Youth Rights Association, University of Pennsylvania
  • "Know Your Rights"
  • 2012
  • "Leadership In The Business World," The Wharton School
  • Changing Perception of White Collar Crime and Ethical Leadership
  • 2009
  • Management 100, The Wharton School
  • Public Speaking and Client Presentations
  • 2007
  • "Leadership In The Business World," The Wharton School
  • Ethical Issues In Criminal Defense
  • 2007
  • Management 100, The Wharton School
  • Collecting Evidence in Consulting Projects
  • 2006
  • "Leadership In The Business World," The Wharton School
  • Criminal Defense and the Defense of White Collar Crime
  • 2006
  • Management 100, The Wharton School
  • Cultivating Client Relationships in Consulting
  • 2005
  • "Leadership In The Business World," The Wharton School
  • Violent Crime versus White Collar Crime
  • 2005
  • Management 100, The Wharton School
  • Leadership Issues and Group Dynamics
  • 2004
  • "Leadership In The Business World," The Wharton School
  • Defense of Corporate Executives Charged with White Collar Crime
  • 2004
  • 17th Annual Criminal Law Symposium
  • "A Game of Hide and Seek? Discovery in Criminal Law Cases"
  • 2000
  • "Leadership In The Business World," The Wharton School
  • Defense of Corporate Executives Charged with White Collar Crime
  • 1999
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Endorse NiaLena
Federal crime Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"NiaLena is the consummate professional. She is a tireless advocate for her clients. She understands them and brings a passion to helping them that is unrivaled. She is also very good at assessing a situation and figuring out the best move to make. I know this because I have collaborated with her on cases and she always comes up with the right step for the client to take next. You can't go wrong calling NiaLena for federal criminal defense matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I had a client in trouble in Philadelphia on significant charges (rape) and was referred to NiaLena through a former professor we both had many years ago. I worked with her closely on the matter and she was fantastic. My client loved her, his family loved her and I found her to be top notch. The added bonus is that she is a people person who is a great communicator. The perfect mix in a defense attorney. A woman who is at the top of her game and can communicate to all those involved, all the while putting the client first. Exceptional client centered attorney who is going to get regular calls from me for work in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. As for the case, all charges were dismissed pre-Indictment. Excellent job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, NiaLena is an outstanding criminal attorney. Highly recommended!"
Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Caravasos is an excellent knows all of the caveats and intricacies of federal law, and is a respected and highly reveared criminal defense practioner."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known NiaLena as a colleague for approximately 10 years. She enjoys a well-deserved reputation among federal prosecutors, judges and criminal defense attorneys as a dedicated, intelligent and hard-working advocate on behalf of her clients and a person of impeccable integrity. It has been my privilege to work with her on a number of matters, and on each and every occasion, I have found her to be extremely thorough and conscientious, displaying an exceptional depth of knowledge, sensitivity and focus. I have also had occasion to speak with clients and colleagues who know NiaLena, and without exception, everyone who knows her appreciates her professionalism, her creativity and her prodigious skills a lawyer. NiaLena is without question a gifted practitioner who consistently displays a unique combination of personal and professional qualities that distinguish her as a terrific lawyer and an extraordinary human being."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"NiaLena is a meticulous yet passionate advocate for her clients. She leaves no stone unturned in seeking justice. If I were in need of a criminal defense lawyer, I would want NiaLena on my team."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I thoroughly endorse this lawyer’s work. NiaLena Caravasos is a passionate and skilled attorney who is unrelenting in her advocacy for her clients. She believes that every person deserves the best representation and works hard to provide it. Ms. Caravasos is highly respected by both fellow attorneys and judges. In fact, judges respect Ms. Caravasos to such an extent that they seek her out to assign her defendants with some of the most complex and problematic cases. Clients with criminal defense issues should be very happy to have Ms. Caravasos as their attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Nialena is a hard working and hard charging attorney. She vigorously represents her clients and is well respected in the profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked with NiaLena when I was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia. NiaLena is a passionate advocate who has established credibility with the Court and with her opponents."
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Philadelphia Federal crime Lawyer NiaLena Caravasos
NiaLena Caravasos
Federal crime Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 30 years
Virtual consultation available