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Lana Manitta

Federal crime Attorney at Purcellville, VA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 14 years
    Virginia - VA 25 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2009
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lana

Learn Lana’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    Representation in criminal matters charged in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA). Drug cases, sex offenses, piracy/copyright violations, racketeering, bribery, fraud, embezzlement and other theft, violent offenses including murder, and more.

    26 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Defense of all felonies and misdemeanors (including serious traffic matters) before General District and Circuit courts throughout Northern Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun).

    26 years

  3. Litigation
    Commercial and other civil matters before the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (i.e., federal). Family law matters.

    26 years

Lana Manitta has over 25 years' experience successfully representing clients facing Federal, White Collar, and serious state-level criminal charges throughout Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Whether a potential criminal case can be resolved without formal charges, via civil remedy, pre-indictment resolution, plea agreement, or through trial, Lana's singular focus is achieving the best possible result for every client. Her advice is sound and her advocacy is undaunted. Her experience, institutional knowledge and enthusiasm for her work ensures that each client is getting a defense tailored to the particular case. Lana is not afraid to put in the work, understanding that every single case and client are different, and there are no shortcuts to achieving a just result. From a misdemeanor to capital murder, every case requires and deserves the individualized approach Lana provides her clients. 

Depending on current availability and trial schedule, Lana is also available to serve as co- and local counsel positions for out-of-district attorneys appearing pro hac vice in the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division in either criminal or civil matters. She also accepts a selected number of family law matters and has a vast network of excellent attorneys to whom she refers work that she is not able to accept. 


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The Law Office of Lana Manitta, PLLC
140B Purcellville Gateway Drive
Purcellville, VA, 20132

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Posted by Mezhgan | August 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miss Lana Manitta is very compassionate. She is determined to fight for you. I am extremely satisfied with the quality of work provided by Lana Manitta She was very kind, attentive to my concerns, and extremely competent. I highly recommend Ms. Manitta for your legal defense needs and will be at the top of my recommendation list for years to come. Thank you again, Lana!
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Can step up to the plate
She handled an urgent matter firmly and fairly, and gave up her evening to make sure I was in the best position to proceed. Very responsive and quick. Good sense of humor as well.
Posted by Roberta | May 12, 2015
A Super Lawyer!
Lana IS tough, and smart, and good. More importantly, she's clear and direct and effective. Lana has provided excellent counsel to me on a couple of very challenging family law issues, including a custody issue I was facing in another state. Though I had competent counsel on the ground there, it was Lana who truly helped me through the process. Lana is remarkably responsive and ensured that I was equipped with all the information to get the best result for my family.
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Posted by Steve | September 9, 2014
Wonderful Attorney
Lana was wonderful: thorough, incredibly prepared, tough (a real pit bull), and always honest. I was very nervous because I had never had a driving charge before, and she always told me the TRUE situation I was facing. I trusted her completely (she's a partner in the firm of a very close friend), and I was never disappointed. She did an amazing job...even other attorneys in the courthouse were impressed with the result. I'm an attorney, and I was even more impressed!! I have since referred several folks to her. I would recommend Lana and her firm to anyone for ANY legal need. And, she's just a lovely person!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 500-550 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Rich Rosenthal Brincefield Manitta Dzubin & Kroeger, LLP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate
  • Rich Greenberg Rosenthal & Costle, LLP
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Martin & Arif (currently Arif & Associates)
  • 1998 - 2005


  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D.
  • 1998
  • State University of New York, Binghamton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. Peralta-Bocachica
  • Resolved by Plea Agreement; < Guideline Sentence
  • United States v. Cartagena
  • Acquittal by Jury


  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia chapter)
  • Director at Large
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia & Loudoun County chapters)
  • Judicial Screening Committees (ad hoc)
  • 2005 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016


  • Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes (Inside the Minds)
  • Tips and Techniques for Developing a Drug Crime Defense
  • 2010
  • Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
  • Broken Barriers in Legal Education: How Immigration and Integration Have Shaped the Way We Learn the Law
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • George Washington American Inn of Court
  • A Comparison of Criminal Procedure in VA, MD, DC and Federal Courts
  • 2015
  • George Washington American Inn of Court
  • MS-13, Gang Recruitment Tactics & Related Asylum Cases
  • 2013
  • Community Event
  • What You Need to Know About the Criminal Justice System When Your Special Needs Child Turns 18
  • 2011
  • The Campagna Center/Community Event
  • Child Support in Virginia
  • 2009
  • VWAA Conference
  • Criminal Practice in Federal Court
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Lana
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lana and I worked together at a prior firm. She is a first-rate defense attorney--smart, passionate, and fearless. I routinely refer people to her for criminal defense matters."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Lana's passion and dedication to her clients is exceptional. Lana works incredibly hard to pursue every avenue and achieve her clients' goals, while treating everyone involved with respect and courtesy. Lana has the excellent reputation in the legal community and detailed knowledge of the courts where she practices that can only come from years of experience and diligent practice. I have been proud to work for Lana since I began practicing law in 2015, and would recommend her to family and friends without hesitation."
Federal crime Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lana is the firm's leading criminal defense lawyer and domestic relations litigator. She specializes in federal criminal cases in Virginia."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I fully endorse Lana as a skilled criminal defense lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly capable family law attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Federal crime Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lana's tenacious advocacy and very apparent skill, as demonstrated in and out of court, give her clients and co-counsel confidence. You can't put a price on that. She is extremely well-qualified in complex federal litigation, and is a go-to person for other lawyers who have questions in this area of practice. Lana gives you the straight talk and gets down to business with a smile. I highly recommend her!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lana is the only attorney I have seen to secure an acquittal in a death penalty eligible murder trial. The federal government does not bring a murder charge unless it is confident of success. Lana's victory in that case was of a piece with the unrivaled competence, honesty and determination she brings to every case."
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