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Givelle Jensen Lamano

Criminal defense Attorney at Oakland, CA

4.9   69 reviews

also known as Givelle Lamao, Lamano Law Office

  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Givelle

Learn Givelle’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Oakland Criminal Defense Attorney

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%
    Oakland DUI Attorney

GIVELLE LAMANO is an Oakland DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney who truly cares about her clients. She has represented people from all walks of life from gang members appealing their life sentences to corporate executives who have never been arrested.  She is licensed in both state and federal courts and has served as a court appointed attorney for the Alameda County Bar Association, taking on cases when the public defenders office was unable to do so.  

Ms. Lamano received the Super Lawyer Rising Star award in 2017 & 2018 for her professional achievement and peer recognition. She ranks in the top 2% of over 65,000 attorneys. She received the Client’s Choice award with Avvo for multiple years and has a 9.4 ranking.  She is the only attorney in Alameda County with over 100 five-star ratings on Yelp and also maintains the same five-star level with Oakland Criminal Defense Attorney Google Reviews. 

Ms. Lamano takes a more holistic approach to understand why a person was arrested in the first place.  By doing this, she highlights the good traits in people who find themselves in a bad situation. She then uses that information to present her clients in the most positive light when negotiating deals in court.  Ms. Lamano does not believe one bad act should ruin a person’s life or define who they are.  At Lamano Law Office, the goal is simple - get the charges dismissed and help clients avoid legal trouble in the future. 

Ms. Lamano is also the founder of the Three Strikes Justice Center, a non-profit organization focused on alleviating the overcrowding of prisons through restorative justice.  She served as a Board Member for Insight Prison Project, an organization providing services to prisoners and parolees all over California. 

Preceding her criminal defense work, Ms. Lamano worked for Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, a non-profit organization helping families with prison reform and advocated for the rights of low-wage and immigrant workers in the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic at Golden Gate University.  Ms. Lamano began working at the young age in various blue-collar jobs so she is no stranger to hard work.  She has spoken as a panelist for Women in Leadership and spends her free time with family and two Boston terriers. 

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Location

Lamano Law Offices
505 14th Street.
Suite 900
Oakland, CA, 94612
Lamano Law Office
1101 Marina Village Parkway Suite 201
Alameda, CA, 94501
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Roman | December 12, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
DUI
I’m delighted to provide a 5-star review for my attorney who guided me through a challenging DUI situation. Their expertise, professionalism, and unwavering support made a significant difference in my case. I highly recommend their services to anyone in need of a knowledgeable and dedicated legal advocate.
Posted by Greg | October 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly impressed and deeply moved
While I was unaware of all the work Givelle had undertaken on my behalf until after I was released from police custody (with no charges!), my family and friends who retained her services certainly were. They were comforted knowing that I had such a knowledgeable, powerhouse of an attorney fighting in my corner—one whose expertise and composure alleviated their many concerns. I was (and remain) deeply moved after learning of her efforts made on my behalf, as well as her timely and thoughtful follow-up. While I hope I never have a future need to retain a criminal defense attorney, knowing that compassionate and action-oriented attorneys like Givelle and her colleagues at Lamano Law are out there doing such great work reassured me that justice can still be served--even in the direst of circumstances.
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Meeting with Givelle
I had the opportunity to meet with Givelle Lamano. Givelle was very encouraging, truthful, and understanding. Her knowledge and advice answered all my questions and eased my concerns. I am very thankful to meet with Givelle!
Posted by Jeannette | June 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experience, Integrity, Results
My family was referred to Lamano Law and we are grateful for that referral. Givelle and her team worked tirelessly to obtain the results we were looking for in our case. Most importantly, they are very responsive, empathetic, and are passionate about helping their clients.
Posted by Charlie | January 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing representation
Lamano Law Office was incredible for me. They helped me understand every step of the process, making sure I knew all of my options. They were extremely professional and extremely organized.
Posted by Hans | September 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr.
It would be a mistake not to consider Ms. Lamano and her law office for their services if you should ever be in need of a lawyer. I had been referred to Lamano Law Office after an unfortunate encounter with the police, and immediately we got to work to clear my name. From our first interaction, I was heard, I was understood, and I was believed in my innocence. Ms. Lamano and her team were very professional and prompt in answering my questions, and through the whole process of dealing with the legal system, I could rely on them to guide me through the process and to educate me on the specifics of the American legal system. I am very fortunate and thankful to have had Ms. Lamano and her team behind me during the last few months.
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Posted by Janice | April 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
DUI
Givelle was amazing , although we came to the conclusion I didn’t need their services . Givelle was very attentive and quick to research something that took me months . I would highly recommend any of their services. It took me some time to realize that I called her for advice and needed the help so the best thing I will recommend is to just listen to everything she has to say and just do it in that order .
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Posted by Stefan | July 1, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Lamano, a law firm which is on your side.
Recently I had the pleasure of benefiting from the law firm LAMANO, specifically Givelle Lamano. What impressed me the most with Givelle, was her passion for listening, to provide the support I needed, to hear “my side” of the story, to be an active participant in my fears, she was supportive first and foremost. Make no mistake, she was honest and sincere with me. She spoke the truth and spelled out the pros and cons of my scenario, the good, the bad, and the ugly. She took the time to explain the lowest concern and the highest concern, for my peace of mind. She allowed me to feel like I had a champion on my side, during a period when I have felt alone and isolated. She was always thorough and professional in her disclosures. I truly felt at peace for the first time in 2 and half weeks. Her knowledge and experience were more than reassuring for me, it was exactly what I needed at that time and moment. The journey is not over, the risk is still present, I cannot predict the future except for the most important fact which is that I now feel like I have someone on my side for the first time in over a year. I even feared for how I would find someone to take care of my pets, should I be arrested, and she responded once again in a positive and supportive manner by assuring me that I would receive all the help I needed. The compassion and empathy she shared with me, for my life, my fears, respect for my pets, who are my family, well brought tears to my eyes frankly. The fee was well worth her time and I never felt like I would be asked to pay for something which was unnecessary, in fact the opposite occurred. I would have gladly paid more money to achieve more peace of mind, yet Givelle spoke honestly and from the heart, as she suggested that there was no need to spend additional money now. How often do you hear that in today’s world? Not very often. Thank you so much Givelle.
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Posted by Eric | April 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The best!
I can’t begin to say how amazed I am at how helpful Lamano Law office was in helping settle my DUI case. I had been so embarrassed and called the office with little to no hope. I spoke with Givelle and was saved the long winded explanation I was going to give her, my nerves were calmed immediately. Givelle had the information on my case immediately and discussed clearly some options that I had, best case and worst case scenario. The price was a bit high, but well worth it!! There was also an option for a payment plan which I thought was really awesome! My case was settled quickly, I was amazed by how everything turned out! Manjula and I spoke during the process and I felt informed about everything that was taking place. I felt taken care of, like this firm was going to do everything in their power to help me. I really can’t say thank you enough to this firm, I’m so happy that I chose to have Lamano Law office represent me. I give them 10/10, would hire again, recommend to a friend, they were so amazing. If it means anything I’m a gay man, 26 years old, case was serious, and I felt welcome and understood, I didn’t feel judged and that really meant a lot. Give them a call if you don’t know what to do and you are serious about not making this mistake again, they really are the best!
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding DUI Firm
Givelle and her firm got the best possible results for my son in his DUI case. They were thorough, communicative, empathetic and responsive. Both the attorneys and the administrative staff were outstanding.
Posted by Adrian | January 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in the bay
Manjula Martin is phenomenal. Very detail oriented and stays 5 steps ahead of any possible outcome. I highly recommend Lamano law
Posted by Corrie | October 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent communication and efficient representation!
Givelle and her whole team were top notch. I was very well kept informed of the progress of my case. Givelle and her paralegal Justine were always available to answer my questions quickly. From day 1, I was well informed of what to expect. I was provided a wealth of knowledge which included worse case scenario and typical outcomes. I knew what to expect from the beginning and I am happy with the outcome worked out for my case. I recommend Givelle and her legal team if you want representation from a knowledgeable staff that takes the time to intimately know your case.
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Posted by Scott | May 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great firm, great people
Lamano Law office was one of the best decisions i ever made. They are extremely through and make sure you understand every step of the process. Moreover, they explain everything to you; not in "legalize" but in lay-mans terms so you are able to understand everything that is happening with your case. They helped make what was a frightening time in my life to a much easier situation then i thought was possible. I thought i would lose my license when the medications i was taking caused me to fail a field sobriety test. Instead, Lamano Law was able to help me by getting me put into Veterans Treatment court, instead of criminal court for a DUI. I highly recommend this firm to anyone in the easy bay area.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
realistic expectations
Although I was not able to retain Lamano, I was very satisfied with the consultation. I was not told a story about what possible outcomes may be achieved and it was not what I wanted to hear, but it was the truth. I unfortunately can not afford her service and had to go with someone else.
Posted by Stacy | December 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank God for Lamano
All I can say is Thank God for Givelle Lamano. We were facing major charges. Givelles knowledge of the system, area and referrals like investigation processes & procedures and her amazing bail bond services, etc.) helped us maneuver with less fear through the painstaking judicial process. Her and her team found out information well before we were even able to clarify charges. Her prep consulting proved invaluable in helping us through initial arrests, investigation and interrogations. Due to her specific instructions, insights and even prayer I was able to think positively even when I was beginning to panic from hopeless. We truly believe that following her instructions early on resulted in all charges being dropped.
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Posted by Kim | December 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top service from beginning to end!
Givelle was so professional and courteous from the first phone call I had with her. She clearly and patiently explained the process to me, and assured me that someone would be available to answer questions for me. The ladies in her office are also very attentive and knowledgeable. I recommend her, hands down!
Posted by Flores | April 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
D.U.I
I would like to thank you Givelle again for your help with my case. The results were great and I appreciate your candor and honesty with my situation. I am pleased with the outcome and your handling of my case. I will gladly recommend your services to any of my friends or family that may ever need it. I am looking forward to the 90 day development plan that you mentioned to me. You are not just my lawyer, but my mentor, as well. Thank you Givelle for being more than just a lawyer.
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Posted by Eric gonzalez | October 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Givelle Lamano and her team are true professionals on what they do. Last year I was involved in a altercation with my ex girlfriend (daughters mom) which led me to do some jail time in county jail. I was being charged with 1st degree burglary,assault with a deadly weapon,along with domestic violence. I was facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted guilty. Givelle Lamano and her team put the extra effort to help out my case which they did. I served 2 months in jail,and if I don't get into further problems with the law within the next 3 years my charges will be dropped to a misdemeanor! Highly recommend! 6 stars if it was possible.
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Posted by Nancy | August 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Communicates well
I hired Givelle and she helped me get the charges reduced after I was charged with a DUI . She told me what was going on every step of the way without resorting to legal mumbo jumbo.
Posted by Jeffrey | June 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Givelle is the absolute best
Givelle has helped me and my family with some unfortunate citations and I can't thank her enough. She is straight forward with you and gets the job done. Also Jo-Anne is always very helpful to me when Givelle is in court thanks.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Lamano Law Office
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Three Strikes Justice Center
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Legal Research Attorney
  • Neil Popovic, Partner at Shepard Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Kapsack & Bair
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Legal Research Assistant
  • Bacar Investors, LLP
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Certified Legal Assistant
  • Legal Services For Prisoners With Children
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Women's Employment Rights Clinic
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Woodbury University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Client sentenced to life in prison and released after we filed a petition
  • Client released from custody
  • Domestic Violence case dropped to vandalism charges
  • Dismissed after 26 anger management classes - Deferred entry of judgement
  • DUI - dropped to an infraction
  • Charges dismissed, client charged with an infraction
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Associations

  • Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Super Lawyer
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Tagalog

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 2018 SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • 2017 Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Grant Recipient
  • Public Interest Law Foundation
  • 2010
  • Honorary Member
  • Pro Bono Honor Society
  • 2010
  • Grant Recipient
  • Public Interest Law Foundation
  • 2009
  • International and Comparative Law Certifcation
  • Whittier Law School
  • 2008
  • Comparative Law Certification
  • Universite Paris Nantere
  • 2008
  • Scholarship Recipient
  • Philanthropic Educational Organization
  • 2008
  • Magna Cum Laude Graduate
  • Woodbury University
  • 2006
  • Honorary Member Award
  • National Communication Association
  • 2006
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (37)
Given (30)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I'm a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles and if my family members were in need of a lawyer in the Bay Area, Lamano Law would definitely be my recommendation. She is an amazing attorney who gets great results!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Givelle is a knowledgeable attorney that provides earnest and competent representation to her clients. I love Givelle's tenacity and direct to the point approach."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and recommend Givelle Lamano. I wouldn't hesitate to refer potential clients to her for criminal defense and DUI matters. Ms. Lamano is a fantastic speaker and advocate, as well as an excellent resource and guide to her clients and other attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Lamano is a trusted criminal defense attorney. She is hard working, knowledgeable, compassionate, and a fierce fighter for her clients. If you are in search of a criminal defense attorney, contact Ms. Lamano. I endorse her and her firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Givelle approaches her work with tenacity, integrity, and compassion benefiting both her clients and the legal community as a whole."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am former police officer and now attorney. I have to say Givelle is an outstanding lawyer and I would not hesitate to hire her. She is a knowledgeable, fierce warrior with an unparalleled passion. I do not hesitate to refer prospective clients to Givelle and I would encourage her services to anyone in need of an aggressive criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Givelle has built her business on the premise that it's important to help people who society has cast aside or judged based on poor choices and bad mistakes. She and her team consider not only their clients' cases, but also their clients' lives. Her firm are the people to call when you or your loved one are in trouble!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Givelle is a passionate defender for her clients. I've referred many cases to her with excellent outcomes. She is a rare species among lawyers - she cares deeply about each and every client. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Givelle on multiple matters now, and have been thoroughly impressed with her legal work. Givelle is a zealous advocate, highly communicative, extremely knowledgable and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known Givelle for several years, I know I can count on her to be responsive and effective as an advocate. I also know her to be compassionate and passionate about what she does. Hearing her talk about her clients with the utmost care and concern shows her commitment to defending her clients. If anyone I know ever asks me for a criminal defense attorney, it is without hesitation that I recommend Givelle!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Givelle Lamano is amazing. She is incredibly smart and deeply committed to serving her clients. I am always impressed by how she runs her practice, which is an indicator of how well she handles her cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Givelle is a great attorney. She's a hustler at heart and she brings that same enthusiasm and passion to helping her clients. When you talk with her, it is very clear that making sure her clients are satisfied is a top priority for her. It can be hard to find that in an attorney. I would definitely recommend her."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've been very impressed with Givelle's long standing commitment to her clients in the community, if you're looking for a DUI/DWI/Criminal Defense attorney in the Bay area, she's for you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Givelle is extremely passionate about what she does and genuinely cares about her clients. Givelle always goes the extra mile. In a nutshell I cannot recommend highly enough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Givelle Lamano 100%. I have known Givelle for two years and worked with her on Prop. 36 matters. She is an extremely conscientious and effective attorney. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Givelle Lamano is a dedicated and hard-working advocate for her clients. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, you need someone to aggressively defend you and protect and vindicate your rights, who is going to leave no stone unturned. When you are searching for the right criminal defense lawyer for your case, do yourself a favor and consult with Ms. Lamano."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Givelle and I have worked together in the past; I can attest to her passion and devotion to clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I refer clients to Givelle without hesitation as I know she will provide them with quality advice when they need it most. If you are looking for a fantastic criminal attorney, look no further than Givelle."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Givelle is a great attorney who is known for her excellent work ethic and zealous representation. She serves her clients extremely well and is known in her community for her achievements as a criminal defense attorney."
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Oakland Criminal defense Lawyer Givelle Jensen Lamano
Givelle Jensen Lamano
Criminal defense Attorney
Oakland, CA
Licensed for 12 years