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Jo-Anna Marie Nieves

Criminal defense Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 12 years
    Florida - FL 8 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Jo-Anna

Learn Jo-Anna’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    51%
    No matter how simple or complex your situation, we fight to protect your rights and your future. Whenever we take on a client, we create a customized defense strategy designed to match your specific needs and circumstances.

  2. DUI and DWI
    7%
    The Nieves Law Firm has successfully defended DUI cases, no matter how many previous offenses. We include the APS hearing at the DMV in our representation. Our firm defends ALL DRUG CHARGES- possession, DUI, intent to sell, etc.

  3. Domestic violence
    7%
    Domestic Violence is an area of the law that requires knowledgeable and trustworthy counsel. Our exemplary lawyers will support you every step of the way in a professional manner, offering representation that always reflects your interests.

  4. Expungement
    7%
    Wealth of experience handling all Post Conviction Relief options: Motion to Vacate, Felony to Misdemeanor Reduction, Certificate of Rehabilitation, Expungement, Gov Pardon. Very well-versed in minimizing criminal record impact on immigration status.

  5. Federal crime
    7%
    We are passionate defendants of clients facing federal charges. The Nieves Law Firm defense attorneys are skillful and well versed in trial.

  6. Juvenile law
    7%
    Our defense lawyers are experienced at helping those charged with criminal defenses while underage, and can assist you or your child. We understand the potential risks to a young persons' future and we fight hard to get the best results possible.

  7. Sex crime
    7%
    Be it misdemeanor or felony, all sex crimes are serious offenses with consequences that could haunt you and your family for years to come. We understand these offenses and allegations, and know how to handle them with empathy.

  8. Violent crime
    7%
    Including but not limited to assault, battery, gang, firearm, deadly weapon, manslaughter, homicide, and robbery. We provide professional, results driven and trustworthy assistance with these challenging matters.

When you are charged with a criminal offense, you need a strong, experienced, and committed advocate. It’s a role that Jo-Anna Nieves has assumed many times, with great success. Jo-Anna began her post-bar legal career at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, which gives Jo-Anna a rare perspective that she uses to support, advise, and defend you.

“I love criminal law. It’s captivating and I’m passionate about it,” -Jo-Anna Nieves

Jo-Anna is committed to mounting the best possible defense for what she calls “hard working, family-oriented, successful professionals who aren’t career criminals… some are falsely accused, others make a bad call like driving home after a couple glasses of wine at a work event.”

Jo-Anna was 20 years old when she graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Multinational Business and Finance. She went on to earn her J.D. from Florida State University in May 2009, where she was also a member of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. Jo-Anna started her legal career by interning with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, where she gained experience in the arraignment of misdemeanor and domestic violence offenses, the prosecution of adult sexual assault crimes, and felony preliminary hearings. After Jo-Anna passed the California Bar, she continued her career at the Sacramento County DA’s Office. She gained experience in the misdemeanor trial unit, negotiating plea offers, arguing suppression motions, and prepping cases for trial. She also built a rapport with members of the legal community, and further developed her trial advocacy skills.

Two years later, she accepted a position as a trial attorney at a creditor’s rights law practice in Los Angeles, where she effectively litigated over 400 cases by reaching favorable resolutions for her clients by way of settlement prior to trial and maintaining a success rate of 95% for over 100 cases that went to trial.

In 2012, Jo-Anna started The Nieves Law Firm, APC, to help restore the reputation of those caught in California’s criminal justice system. Since opening her own office, she has successfully represented defendants charged with assault and battery, DUI, contempt, drug offenses, sexual assault and other sex crimes, robbery and other theft crimes, fraud, and domestic violence and other violent crimes. She also has an impressive track record in civil litigation matters such as civil harassment, domestic violence, workplace violence and elder abuse restraining orders.

Jo-Anna has served as a mock trial coach for El Centro Legal de la Raza’s Youth Law Academy and their Advisory Board for several years and is a member of the Earl Warren Inns of Court. Jo-Anna also taught at Stanford Law School since 2018 – educating future lawyers about Trial Advocacy. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), and is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of California and Florida. She is also admitted for federal practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California.

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Location

The Nieves Law Firm, APC
160 Franklin St # 210
Oakland, CA, 94607
The Nieves Law Firm
9701 Fair Oaks Blvd Suite 203
Fair Oaks, CA, 95628
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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful
I always felt that my best interests were looked after. There was great attention paid to the detail of my case and the truth of my experience. I gained assuredness and security from the fair-mindedness of my counsel. I am very thankful and grateful. Ultimately, the outcome was in my favor and truth emerged.
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Firm
Jo-Anna and her team provided excellent support when I didn't think I had any options. Her team didn't stop fighting for me and that I truly appreciated. I had lost complete hope and the relief that her team was able to get was more than I could have asked for. Their team is responsive, timely and goes over the top for the clients. I highly recommend their firm.
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Posted by Therese | August 7, 2015
Jo-Anna Nieves extremely focused and knowledgable.
Jo-Anna Nieves took over my case and I immediately felt she was going to get favorable results. Jo-Anna worked hard to get updates on my previous hearings. Ms.Nieves clearly expressed to me the reality of my case. After serious negotiation in courtroom she was able to show the vindictiveness of the other client which in turn helped my case get dropped. I would highly recommend her. Thank you Ms. Jo-Anna Nieves!
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Posted by Millian | October 17, 2013
Ms. Nieves is one in a millionaire.
Jo-Anna Nieves was invaluable in helping me through a more difficult time while fighting a legal issue.She also made me feel, she really had my best interest at heart.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • The Nieves Law Firm, APC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Mandarich Law Group, LLP
  • 2011 - 2014
  • LRA II
  • Sacramento County District Attorney
  • 2009 - 2011

Education

  • Florida State Univ COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sandhu v. United States
  • Writ of Error Coram Nobis Granted
  • Devol v. Jimenez
  • Case Dismissed
  • Moore v. Firato
  • Client Acquitted of all charges
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Associations

  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2023 - Present
  • Stanford Law
  • Trial Advocacy Teacher
  • 2018 - Present
  • Earl Warren American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2015 - Present
  • Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Centro Legal de la Raza
  • Mock Trial Coach
  • 2016 - 2019
  • ACBA Barrister's Section Executive Committee
  • Social Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
  • ACBA Barrister's Section Executive Committee
  • Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Volunteer Legal Services Corporation
  • Volunteer
  • 2013 - 2017
  • ACBA Barrister's Section Executive Committee
  • Vice Chair
  • 2013 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oakland
  • Expertise
  • 2023
  • Best DUI Lawyers in Oakland
  • Expertise
  • 2023
  • Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Alameda
  • Expertise
  • 2023
  • #21 on Seminole 100
  • Florida State University
  • 2023
  • Best of Oakland, Top 5 Attorneys
  • Oakland Magazine
  • 2022
  • Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oakland
  • Expertise
  • 2022
  • Best DUI Lawyers in Oakland
  • Expertise
  • 2022
  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Alameda
  • Expertise
  • 2022
  • #35 on Seminole 100
  • Florida State University
  • 2022
  • #60 of 500 Fastest Growing Law Firms in 2021
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • #34 on Seminole 100
  • Florida State University
  • 2021
  • Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oakland
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • Best DUI Lawyers in Oakland
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Alameda
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • #45 of 500 Fastest Growing Law Firms in 2021
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • #16 of 500 Fastest Growing Law Firms in 2020
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2020
  • Proven Trial Lawyer
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • #6 on Seminole 100
  • Florida State University
  • 2020
  • #12 Fastest Growing Law Firm in US: Law Firm 500
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Thirty Under Thirty
  • Florida State University
  • 2014
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop
  • Direct Examination
  • 2022
  • Career Week: Criminal Law Careers
  • Careers in Criminal Law
  • 2022
  • Diversity Legal Pipeline
  • Diversity in the Legal Field
  • 2021
  • San Francisco Law Library
  • Post Conviction Relief for Attorneys and Their Clients
  • 2020
  • Pangea Legal Services
  • Post Conviction Relief for Immigration Attorneys and Their Clients, Pangea Law
  • 2020
  • CEB Business of Law
  • Business of Law
  • 2020
  • UC Public Service Law Conference at Berkeley Law School
  • Low Bono/Solo Session
  • 2019
  • Earl Warren Inns of Court delivered MCLE
  • Dark Window: A Look into Privacy in the Social Media Age
  • 2019
  • Berkeley Law
  • “Practice 99: Getting Paid”
  • 2019
  • Bay Area Legal Incubator
  • Top 50 Tech Hacks
  • 2019
  • ACBA Women In Law
  • Women in Criminal Justice Law
  • 2019
  • Stanford Law
  • Closing Arguments
  • 2018
  • PLI Incubator Boot Camp: Tools for New Lawyers Looking to Go Solo 2017
  • Mechanics of Practice: Billing, Types of Client Engagement, and Financial Arrangements
  • 2018
  • Gender, Sexuality, and the Law
  • The Intersection of Gender and the Criminal Justice System
  • 2018
  • Bay Area Legal Incubator
  • Billing, Types of Client Engagement, and Financial Arrangements
  • 2018
  • ACBA Women in Law Series
  • Issues Facing Women Entering the Practice of Law
  • 2018
  • New Attorney Boot Camp
  • Practical Nuts and Bolts for New Attorneys (Criminal)
  • 2016
  • El Cerrito High School
  • Pursuing a Career in Law
  • 2016
  • 2016 Women's Conference
  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
  • 2016
  • 2016 Women's Conference
  • Delivering and Receiving Performance Reviews
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (28)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this attorney 100%. Jo-Anna Nieves is a class act and gets the job done. She is well respected by her colleagues, opposing counsel, and Judges. Clients can depend on her for great work and at the end of the day, she always gets the best result. I have been in trial with her and she got all 4 counts dismissed. It took a lot of work but she was on top of it as usual. Definitely a winner!"
Debt collection Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jo-Anna is a thoughtful, diligent, and motivated attorney. She is highly knowledgable in her practice areas and is well respected in the community. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jo-Anna is a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. She has proven to be a mentor to me and a strong business professional. I cannot speak more highly of her as an attorney and human being!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jo-Anna is a compassionate advocate that takes the "crime" out of "criminal". I trust all my criminal client referrals to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jo-Anna is committed to effectively defending her clients and getting them the best outcome possible. I endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jo-Anna is highly respected among her peers in the Bay Area Legal Community. She is smart, dedicated, and hardworking, and knows how to take care of her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jo-Anna is an excellent attorney. Not only does she fight as hard as she can for her clients but she also takes the time to develop professionally so that she can learn how to best serve them. She has developed wonderful systems and staff to ensure that her law firm runs in a customer centric way. If I ever need to refer business to a criminal defense lawyer in the Bay Area, Jo-Anna is without a doubt my first call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jo-Anna is an incredibly talented attorney who works tirelessly for her clients. Not only is she efficient and professional, she's an active member of her community and genuinely cares about her work and her clients. I recommend her for criminal defense matters without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know of no better qualified criminal defense attorney in the Oakland area than Jo-Anna Nieves. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jo-Anna is a dedicated criminal defense attorney with a proven track record."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jo-Anna Nieves is a formidable attorney that is dedicated to the cause of her clients. She is smart and thorough and thus able to obtain great results for the people she represents. I fully endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Ms. Nieves. She is one of those defense attorneys who has had the rare opportunity to work both sides of a criminal case. It is for this reason that he provides exceptional representation for clients as he knows how to out think, out work, and out maneuver his adversaries. Any person in the Bay Area would be lucky to have Ms. Nieves represent her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart, compassionate, and hardworking. You are in good hands if Jo-Anna is your attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Jo-Anna at the Sacramento County DA's Office. She is hard working, approachable, and professional. She is very knowledgeable about criminal law and will work to settle her clients' cases in a fair, speedy, and cost-effective way. We now serve on the ACBA Barristers' Board together. Her commitment to her clients and to the community are first-rate. I do not hesitate to refer my clients to Jo-Anna."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Several years of criminal practice with some Sacramento DA experience. Stong knowledge of both law and procedure and excellent contributions pro bono here on avvo. Call her for a consultation if you are in or near Oakland."
Debt collection Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jo-Anna Nieves. She is a solid lawyer who I have handled numerous litigation matters against. Jo-Anna is well prepared and a strong advocate for her clients who achieves good results for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney."
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