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Stephen J. Calvacca

Criminal defense Attorney at Orlando, FL

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Stephen J. Calvacca is a parter at NeJame Law. With over thirty-five years of litigation experience in a broad range of practice areas ranging from murder to legal malpractice, Steve has achieved a well-deserved reputation as the “go to guy” in difficult and complex cases.

Steve began his career as a criminal trial lawyer in New York City working as a Public Defender in one of the busiest courts in the country. He was later appointed by New York’s Attorney General as Special Assistant Attorney General to investigate and prosecute corruption in the nursing home industry during its most scandalous heydays. He was lead prosecutor in some of the most significant Medicaid fraud cases in New York City and earned the respect of both his colleagues and adversaries.

In the mid 1980’s, attorney Stephen Calvacca served as a federal prosecutor in the Middle District of Florida and prosecuted a wide variety of high-profile cases, including US v. Rapp, et al., which involved a group of brokers and bankers who were responsible for the collapse of over 200 banking institutions across the nation. He secured convictions against major defense contractors, corrupt public officials and members of the Colombian drug cartel. Many of his cases dominated the headlines, including the tax prosecution of the Champ Williams family, which then controlled all of the restaurants and bars at the Orlando International Airport.

Steve became a partner in one of Orlando’s premier litigation firms before deciding to start his own law practice. As a sole practitioner, Steve secured multiple seven and eight figure settlements against powerful entities. His largest recovery to date was in excess of one hundred million dollars.

Steve is admitted to practice in the states of New York, Massachusetts and Florida. He has argued cases before numerous federal courts of appeal and has appeared before the United States Supreme Court.

Along with his new civil litigation partners of NeJame Law, Steve hopes to continue to produce dramatic results for our clients on a cost efficient basis and develop new areas of practice and expertise.

Licensed for 47 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/26/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1986
Updated 11/23/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1975
Updated 11/17/2022

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NeJame Law
189 S Orange Ave Ste 1800
Orlando, FL, 32801-3261


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • NeJame Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Calvacca Moran
  • 2003 - 2013
  • Owner
  • Private Practice
  • 1989 - 2003
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney
  • United States v. Williams 1987; and United States v. Harris Corporation
  • 1987 - 1987
  • Partner
  • Rumberger Kirk
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Assistant United States Attorney
  • Middle District of Florida
  • 1983 - 1987
  • Special Assistant Attorney General
  • Office of the New York Special Prosecutor
  • 1978 - 1983
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  • St John's University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • St Johns University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A


  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 1987
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 1987
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • IRS Criminal Investigation Division
  • 1986
  • Trial Excellence Award
  • Office of the New York Special Prosecutor
  • 1983
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Litigation Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve's an exceptional lawyer and I highly recommend him. He fights fiercely for his client's cause and does not give up, always crafting creative solutions to their problems. Steve's client's are fortunate to have him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve Calvacca is a very sharp and extremely experienced attorney. I am privileged to work with him. I endorse this lawyer"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve has unparalleled experience in criminal and civil proceedings, both at the federal and state levels. He works tirelessly to find the right solution for his clients or will vigorously litigate for his clients when appropriate."
Litigation Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Steve on a case recently and it was impressive to see his knowledge of the law and his strategies to help out client out."
Litigation Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Stephen is a hard worker that zealously advocates for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve is a smart and talented litigator. He is fearless and zealously represents his clients in civil and criminal litigation He's an outstanding attorney!"
Litigation Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the privilege of hearing Attorney Stephen Calvacca’s compelling argument before the United States District Court regarding the wrongful death of his client. He is as passionate in the courtroom as he is outside the courtroom and is entirely devoted to his clients and obtaining the best possible result. I highly endorse and recommend Steve Calvacca as an exceptionally experienced and reputable litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve has a remarkable mind for dissecting the most complicated fact pattern and making it accessible to the most ordinary observer. His energy and commitment to a cause are second to none. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve has successfully handled a number of complex federal cases and his wealth of experience makes him an extremely effective advocate for his clients. I endorse this attorney without hesitation."
Litigation Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve is an excellent attorney. With a background as a former federal prosecutor & in handling highly complex civil suits; Steve has a wealth of knowledge. He is a skilled trial attorney who cares about his clients."
Litigation Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Stephen Calvacca is an experienced and aggressive attorney who is extremely well respected in the legal community. He is willing to "think outside the box" and his strong work ethic combined with his sharp legal skills always gives his clients the best chance in court possible."
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Orlando Criminal defense Lawyer Stephen J. Calvacca
Stephen J. Calvacca
Criminal defense Attorney
Orlando, FL
Licensed for 47 years