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Jay Michael Nigrini

Criminal defense Attorney at Reading, PA

4.4   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jay

Learn Jay’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Years of trial experience has resulted in the acquittal of dozens of clients in cases involving allegations of murder, rape, sexual assault, gun possession, drug distribution, aggravated assault, DUI, and theft.

    22 years, 1,007 cases

  2. Personal injury
    Aggressively pursued and obtained thousands of dollar awards and settlements on behalf of injured clients.

    17 years, 20 cases

  3. Wrongful death
    Aggressively pursued and obtained six-figure dollar awards on behalf of grief stricken family members.

    17 years, 2 cases


I have spent the last 15 years dedicating my practice to defending the rights of the accused. An individual charged with a crime must fully understand the consequences that follow a conviction. When interviewing a prosective attorney, always ask how often he or she has defended a specific criminal allegation at trial. It has been my privilege to vigorously defend dozens of innocent clients through a trial proceeding in several counties throught eastern and central Pennsylvania. I have received several referrals from prominent criminal defense attorneys to handle cases that they are unwilling or unable to defend.

Respected by prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement and judges throughout the area, all of whom know that I come prepared to fight for each and every one of my clients, regardless of the allegations.  

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Sodomsky & Nigrini


4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Josh | March 22, 2014
time and again
My name is Josh and there are not many people I trust with my life. myself , and the law offices of sodomski and nigrini. I never stress knowing jay nigrini is my attorney. jay went to war for me in a 3 hour battle with the probation department, the D.A, and clerk or courts to get my drivers back on a D.U.I., that no other person had success and my liscence was restored. Jay is a tiger that never sleeps. I know a number of jays clients who would not be walking the streets without jay. I just hired jay yesterday on a new charge of simple assault that the D.A. is seeking 6 months and not budging on a day. Attorney Paul Yessler, a P.D., refused to file any pretrial motions for relief, told me to go to jail, when I was defending my wife from a predator that attacked her while she was pregnant and stalks her. Jay will always exercise your constitutional rights from Pretrial Habeas Corpus to any other appropriate relief necessary. 99.9 percent of criminal cases are flawed with unlawful procedures by police, detectives, and district attorney who want to lock you up reguardless of who they hurt, they do not care BUT JAY NIGRINI DOES. I will definitely keep an update on the status of my new case. I will also mention this law office got me a big plea deal on 7 felony counts and got my parents bail money back when the bondsman tried to keep 3000.00.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best lawyer in reading PA
I put my my freedom in this mans hands and we took my case to trial and he definitely turned into Johny Cochran and I was a free man after that thank you so much sir !!!
Posted by Mary | March 27, 2015
An incredible attorney
My son has never been in trouble in his life, is a med student in college. About 4 yrs ago, his ex-gf (future wife and had been a 4 yr serious relationship) got a restraining order against him over an argument on Facebook after they broke up. (Talk about blowing things out of proportion! A highly emotional young woman) Since my son didn't live in PA and never intended to go there, and never intended to see her again, he didn't show up to defend himself in court. Fast forward 4 yrs later when he DID live in PA due to college and a new fiancee. On a rainy, icy winter evening, a car slid into his and tried to flee the scene. My son called the police, who, after processing the accident, arrested my son for the outstanding warrant! My son was actually taken to a prison in PA and kept for nearly 10 days just awaiting a hearing for this warrant over FB rants from 4 yrs before! His ex-gf was now living several states away with her fiance! WHAT A REAL-LIFE NIGHTMARE! This was truly a horror story out of a movie! Because I have dealt with a severe medical condition and our finances deteriorated while ill, I had no money, and no attorneys would do anything unless I handed over cash up front. By Divine Intervention, a clerk in one of my many phone calls suggested I call the bar association, who suggested Jay NIgrini. I can something nothing less than that this attorney is an angel. He had my son arraigned the next day and out with the case dismissed the following afternoon! If you need an attorney and an amazing advocate, THIS is who you need to call. This man is TRULY an exceptional PERSON, as well as extremely capable attorney. I will never be able to thank him enough for his help and for restoring my faith and setting an example of how people SHOULD live their lives, always helping others to their highest ability. What an incredible man!
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Posted by Joey | January 28, 2014
All charges dropped
When faced with a very long prison sentence, it is vital to choose the right attorney to handle the case. My belief is that if I would have chose a different attorney, I more than likely would not have my freedom as I do today. Attorney Nigrini listened to the details of the case carefully and argued successfully for what the constitution states. I am thankful for Sodomsky and Nigrini law office.
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Posted by jerrica | February 21, 2013
god bless people like Jay nigrini
Best lawyer ever.always patient with me and keeps me informed always and always returns my calls very profesional and polite Would recommend him to anyone...
Posted by Herman | September 23, 2011
Great Lawyer
Great lawyer very knows his law and statues. Trustworthy attorney to be honest. Always reads and answers questions etc one may have and will answer in a timely fashion.
Posted by Joseph | October 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worst Lawyers in History!
Worst lawyers in history!! Wouldnt represent me in court the way i asked, filed motions without telling me after I asked approval on every document, and tried to make me a fugitive by not telling me about a upcoming hearing on sentencing on my case! Literally did nothing but collect a check and the less than the bare minimum!! Refused to mention i got roofied or misconduct.. I was roofied, severely injured during police custody, illegally searched with video evidence, and had pee taken that night... This firm did nothing except set me up to lose!
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Sodomsky & Nigrini
  • 2001 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Berks County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2001


  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth vs. Christino Vasquez-Ayala
  • Not Guilty of all charges
  • Commonwealth vs. Damien Strong
  • Not Guilty of all charges
  • Commonwealth vs. Keenan McMaster
  • Not Guilty of all charges
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Berks County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • President
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jay for many years, personally and professionally. I strongly recommend Jay for criminal defense and personal injury matters. Jay has an excellent reputation with fellow lawyers and Judges and is highly respected. As a former Assistant District Attorney Jay has honed his courtroom skills to perfection."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay is a highly effective litigator who delivers the best possible results for his clients. I have referred numerous criminal defense clients to him over the years and will continue to do so."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jay Nigrini as a highly skilled and well-respected criminal defense attorney. Every client that I have referred to Jay has been very satisfied with his representation and the results that he has achieved for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jay is dedicated to all his clients so that they receive justice and due process. He will leave no stone unturned in vigorously defending their case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay Nigrini is technically and strategically as good as they get in the area of criminal defense law. He is a man of impeccable character and the holds himself to the highest ethical standards."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay is a respected, qualified and very experienced attorney in Berks County. I trust his guidance. For these reasons, I endorse this lawyer."
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Reading Criminal defense Lawyer Jay Michael Nigrini
Jay Michael Nigrini
Criminal defense Attorney
Reading, PA
Licensed for 22 years