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Jaya Balani

Criminal defense Attorney at Altamonte Springs, FL

4.7   15 reviews

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Jaya Balani was a partner with the NeJame Law Firm and recently branched out to start Balani Law.  Born and raised in the Orlando area. Ms. Balani earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Central Florida and later went on to earn her law degree from Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando. Ms. Balani began her legal career as a Legal Intern with NeJame Law, a position she held during her last two years of law school.

As an intern at NeJame Law, Ms. Balani worked closely with all of the partners on a wide range of state and federal criminal cases. She demonstrated an impressive work ethic, gaining valuable real world experience and training in the process, and ultimately developed a strong interest in criminal defense work. Her dedication and commitment to the Firm earned Ms. Balani an associate position upon graduation, and her continued success quickly led to her becoming partner.

 

Today, Jaya Balani devotes much of her practice to criminal defense work. However, she also has an extensive business background and, as such, works closely with the Firm's other partners in the civil division in the area of business law and business litigation. She has experience in real estate foreclosures, contract disputes, commercial disputes, and bankruptcy, as well as estates and trusts.

Ms. Balani enjoys staying involved in the legal community, as well. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Criminal Section of the Orange County Bar Association. She has been named "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013. Among the criminal defense matters Mrs. Balani handles are:

  • Domestic Violence Injunctions
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Driving While License Suspended
  • Violations of Probation
  • Possession of Controlled Substances

 

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Licensed for 14 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Balani Law
140 N. Westmonte Drive
Suite 204
Altamonte Springs, FL, 32714

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Posted by Dario | August 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Work
I hired Jaya for a case she was very knowledgeable of where to start kept me at peace at all times my results where great I can recommend her to anyone!
Posted by S. Eubanks & M. Jenkins | December 13, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
A true advocate in and out of the courtroom
I hired Jaya on two occasions when she was relatively an unknown in the early part of her career at NeJame Law Firm. My son was accused of a crime he didn't commit and on another occasion his soon to be ex-wife was filing domestic violence charges against him. Jaya is available 24/7, she is strategic, organized, reassuring, thorough, patient, resourceful, compassionate, and honest. Jaya made one phone call to former Judge Belvin Perry (before he retired) and explained the mistaken identity for the crime he didn't commit (as my son had been in there almost 5 days and no one would listen) and my son was out of org county jail in 1 hr! The other case of domestic violence was dropped as Jaya discredited the ex-wife and exposed her lies. Also, I want to note that Jaya is not all about the money as she discounted our fees, but is about justice. To this day, if we need anything, we can call her and she remembers you and asks about the family, etc. A true legal advocate.
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Posted by DEBBIE | October 13, 2015
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OUR EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT BOTH TIMES
Being the mother of a son who made some bad choices, I needed help. I called NeJame Law and Jaya promptly returned my call. I was sitting on my bed crying my eyes out, knowing my sons choice was a bad one and needed help. Jaya was very professional and talked to me like I was a mother versus a person with a criminal son. She did not look down on me. She was prompt, professional and honest with us. She did not "sugar coat" anything, she told us like it was and was very confident about the outcome. unfortunately we had to hire her again, but we were confident that she would do her best. I would highly recommend her to any and all my friends that may need legal help.
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Posted by Rhonda | August 21, 2015
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Very Knowledgeable
We hired Attorney Balani to represent our special needs son. She was compassionate and took the time to explain everything each step of the way. She made sure we knew what to do ,who to speak with and made herself available to us. We found her to be knowledgeable and we felt confident in her abilities. She always represented us with integerity. I highly recommend Attorney Jaya Balani.
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Posted by Pat | June 24, 2015
Best Criminal Defense Attorney you can Hire!
Jaya was amazing! Knowledgeable and got the job done beautifully.... In record time. She was professional and even gracious as emotions soared. She knows the "ins and outs" of the criminal legal system and got an even-better result than we could have dreamed of. I highly recommend her for any criminal defense work. She is simply the best!! VERY grateful we were referred to her.
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Posted by Liz | May 31, 2015
Best law firm in Orlando, Florida!
I could not have found a better firm than Nejame Law. My son violated his probation and was facing 10-40 possible years in prison. David Jancha and Jaya Balani were the very competent team assigned to the case. Jaya attended all of the court sessions and was absolutely outstanding! She is professional, creative, tenacious, and very knowledgeable of the law. Jaya will pay close attention to what may seem as minor details, to everything the judge and the prosecutor say, and use it to get your desired outcome. The end result of our case was no prison time and early termination of my son's probation! Jaya also went that extra mile to bring his case to proper closure with the Department of Corrections. I was also very satisfied with the fee charged by Nejame Law, and would highly recommend them to handle your case.
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Posted by Marc | June 12, 2014
Thankful & Appreciative
I want to reiterate how thankful and appreciative I am of Jaya Balani's work! I'm thrilled and relieved that after all of the work she did researching the law and filing motions the prosecutor eventually dismissed the 7 charges filed against me including a trafficking charge with a 2 year minimum. Jaya got a the best result for me, but I also really liked her professionalism and manner. She was certainly a bright spot in an otherwise difficult situation. What a wonderful resource. I'll be quick to refer her to others who may have a need.'
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Posted by travis | May 24, 2014
Above and beyond
Jaya made my cases go very smoothly and asked all the right qeustions to help me get a favorable outcome she also helped me to understand the process. She has beyond excellent follow-up and really goes out of the way to make you know your a priority. Jaya is able to navigate the legal system for her clients like no other attorney I have done bussiness with in the past. Don't know what I would do without her assistance.
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Posted by Michael | April 25, 2014
I OWE JAYA MY LIFE !!!
I was sitting in jail with no bond. My wife called Jaya and I was out that same day. Going through the legal system was stressful. I was facing life in prison because of an incident that occurred while I was under the influence of drugs. Points I gathered as a young adult still haunted me and harmed my case. The state saw me as a habitual criminal, and wasn't interested in negotiating a plea. They wanted to go to trial. Jaya fought for me, always kept me in the loop, and reassured me about the case. Over the course of time, Jaya filed pre-trial motions that we won; which began to change the direction of the case. In the end, I was put on community control, with probation to follow. I have since recommended Jaya to a friend who has a son who got himself into trouble. Guess what? He's at home too. I am very grateful to Jaya for helping me with my case. Without her I wouldn't be a "free" man today, and watching the Rays with my son on TV.
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Posted by gordon | January 14, 2014
JAYA BALANI WILL FIGHT FOR YOUR FREEDOM NO MATTER WHAT! SHE IS THE BEST LAWYER IN FLORIDA
Jaya got all of my charges dropped within 3 months on very serious charges. 11 felonies and 1 misdemeanor total and they are all dropped now. She has stuck by her word from the very beginning. She was always there to answer any questions, no matter the time of day, even if it was not directly about the case. I thank her for helping me be free and be with my family and take care of my children. I HIGHLY recommend Jaya Balani @ NeJame Law Firm whether your case is big or small.
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Posted by gordon and brittany | December 6, 2013
here to help you when it looks like the end of the road
she is the best lawyer I can ask god to have for any one she is nice and understanding and very help full she will not let you down and will give you the up most respect and she will work the hardest to help you in your case she is one of the best out there...
Posted by Anthony | May 22, 2013
If you need a GREAT LAWYER, don't look ANY further!!!
Jaya, took care of everything as promised. I contacted her law firm shortly after my trouble with the law. From that day she kept me informed and stuck with her intentions. She told me not to worry or stress and let her do her job. She knew my concerns about work "military" and made it clear that I would be taken care of. She was able to get the state to drop my charges. All I had to do was pay a fine. I never meet her face to face, but you wouldn't be able to tell if i didn't. She is a great lawyer and I plan to keep her info and pass it along and use it if I ever need to again. She is strictly business and it shows in the courtroom. Thanks Jaya you are the best in Florida.
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Posted by Kevin Purdy | October 10, 2011
Jaya Balani gets you the Best Outcome Possible
Jaya has not just once, but twice, finalized an outcome I never thought possible. Her knowledge of her craft was groomed by Mark NeJame, my Law Firm since 1986, and it shows in everything she does. Professional and speedy response to any troubles I encountered, and solid advice given at almost any hour I needed. A real 24/7 type of Advocate. I would recommend Jaya without hesitation to anyone in need of her services. I know she will have your best interest in mind!
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Posted by Aaron | September 13, 2011
Excellent Representation
I came to know Jaya through a friend in need. She had been charged with DUI manslaughter, and was facing 20 years in Prison. Because my friend REFUSED to go to trial, Jaya had a very tough job to do, in a short amount of time. She was able to prepare all of the witnesses, get all of the facts, and be ready in less than a week. The Charge of DUI Manslaughter carries a Mandatory Minimum of 4 years. My friend was sentenced to 5. That was the best possible outcome of the case. The Judge involved has never done a downward departure, and had never sentenced this type of case to less than 10 years. Jaya and her firm did great work. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone in need.
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Posted by DANNY | April 3, 2014
****CAUTION****
I WAS FACING A SERIOUS CRIME AND THIS LADY JAYA BOLOGNA HARDLY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH MY CASE, SHE ALWAYS HAD AN EXCUSE EVERY TIME I CALLED HER, OMG I HIRED A NEW ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY SHE WAS ASKING FOR $6,000 AND THE BEST SHE COULD DO WAS 3YRS IN PRISON 3YRS SUPERVISED PROBATION AND 3YRS STATE PROBATION AND SADLY I WAS ALREADY $3,000 IN AND ON MY WAY TO COURT SHE CALLS ME AND TELLS ME SHES NOT GOING TO BE IN COURT THAT SHES GOING TO CALL IN, AND DO I HAVE THE REST OF HER MONEY SMH I HIRED A NEW ATTORNEY (MICHAEL HINES) AND HE GOT ME 3YRS PROBATION FOR HALF THE PRICE AND THAT WAS IT, SHES SO UNPROFESSIONAL I WAS THE ONE FINDING THINGS OUT ABOUT MY OWN CASE FROM OTHER ATTORNEYS AND SHE HAD THE NERVE TO ASK ME IF I COULD GIVE HER THOSE ATTORNEYS NUMBERS LOL SHES A JOKE, ONCE SHE GOT MAD AND NEARLY CRYED OVER THE PHONE AND HUNG UP, TRUE STORIE I KID YOU NOT, IF YOU WANT TO LOSE YOUR FREEDOM AND GO TO JAIL, GO AHEAD AND HIRE HER.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • NeJame Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • NeJame Law
  • 2008 - 2011

Education

  • Florida A&M University, College Of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008

Associations

  • Center for Independent Living
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association Criminal Division Board
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former Board of Directors
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Florida Rising Stars 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Florida Rising Stars 2012
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (24)
Endorse Jaya
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jaya and I have been opposing counsel on a few matters. Every time we had a case together, she was always fair and reasonable. She is also very intelligent and diligent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jaya is a superb attorney. Zealously advocates for her clients rights and is a compassionate person. I highly recommend her!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jaya is a great attorney, with a reputation for being well prepared and very professional. Jaya always works hard to get good results for her clients. When I have a potential client with an issue outside my practice areas, I routinely refer them to Jaya, as I know she will do a great job."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jaya is a passionate and fierce litigator. She maintains a well known reputation for achieving consistent successful results for her clients. I highly endorse Attorney Jaya Balani."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jaya and I have worked on several cases together. She understands a client's needs and works tirelessly to reach their goals. I'm fortunate to work with her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jaya is an excellent advocate in court for her clients. She is dedicated, and works hard to get the best results for her clients. I had the privilege of going against her in several matters while I was a prosecutor, and she was always very professional and diligent. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jaya is a great attorney as a part of the Nejame firm and will have a bright future on her own when she decides to branch out to her own practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jaya is an extremely bright individual, creative in nature, and effective in her strategies."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jaya and I have worked on several cases together. She has even handled a few matters for friends and associates , each having positive outcomes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. She is professional, knowledgeable and experienced, which are the keys to success."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jaya and I have worked on several cases together. Our mutual clients have truly appreciated her responsiveness and how personable she is. Judges, court staff, and just about everyone who meets her instantly loves her. There is no question her clients benefit from her ability to establish positive relationships quickly and her tireless work ethic on behalf of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child abuse Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Balani is a well-respected lawyer among her peers & judges. She is always prepared in court & fights hard for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I work with Ms. Balani and see first hand how much effort she puts into defending her clients. She is an aggressive attorney who is extremely knowledgeable, and well respected by the court. I would recommend Ms. Balani to anyone in need of an outstanding attorney."
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Altamonte Springs Criminal defense Lawyer Jaya Balani
Jaya Balani
Criminal defense Attorney
Altamonte Springs, FL
Licensed for 14 years