“The World Will Never Know My Name”
“Preserv[ed] My Career, My Freedom, And My Dignity”

Federal Criminal Client

“Impeccable Integrity”
“Extraordinary Human Being”

Philadelphia Criminal Lawyer

Of all her accomplishments, NiaLena is most proud of the
incomparable trust that has been placed in her by her clients and in the life-altering manner in which she has been able to help them.

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Super Lawyers Feature Story

Spotlighted In “PA Super Lawyers”
Feature Article Entitled “Fierce”
2013

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Super Lawyers Cover

Only Criminal Lawyer Ever Featured
On “Super Lawyers” Cover
In Philadelphia Magazine

2013

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Top 50 Women Super Lawyers

“Top 50 Women” Super Lawyers
2015-2017
Recognition by Super Lawyers of a select
group of “Top 50 Women
among all legal practice areas

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Best Super Lawyers
super lawyers corporate crimes award
Super Lawyers Corporate Crimes

“Pennsylvania Super Lawyer”
2008-2009, 2011-2017
First female lawyer in private practice in Philadelphia
recognized by her peers for “Criminal Defense”
Featured by Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine
Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from
more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree
of peer recognition and professional achievement


“Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyer”

2005-2006
Recognized by her peers in the field of Criminal Defense
and featured by Philadelphia Magazine and also Law & Politics Magazine

best attorneys of america
Best Attorneys Of America

Best Attorneys Of America
Rue Ratings
2014-2017
Invited to become a
Lifetime Charter Member
Distinguished as one of the
100 “Best Attorneys” in Pennsylvania
and in the top one percent (1%)
of the most qualified and accomplished
attorneys in the United States

top 100 trial lawyers award
Top 100 Trial Lawyers

“Top 100 Trial Lawyers”
The National Trial Lawyers
2012-2017
First female criminal defense attorney
in Pennsylvania selected

Membership is obtained by special
invitation and extended only to those
“Top 100” from every state who exemplify
superior qualifications of leadership,
reputation, influence, stature,
and profile as trial lawyers

America's Top 100 Attorneys
America's Top 100 Attorneys

“Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers”
American Society of Legal Advocates
2013-2017
Membership is extended to only the
top 2% of lawyers in Pennsylvania
“who combine stellar legal credentials
with proven commitment to
community engagement, leadership,
and the highest professional standards”

top ten PA criminal defense
Top Ten PA Criminal Defense

“10 Best” Law Firms
for Client Satisfaction

American Institute of
Criminal Law Attorneys (AIOCLA)

2015
Distinguished in Pennsylvania
in the practice of Criminal Law

National Top Ten Criminal Attorneys
National Top Ten Criminal Attorneys

“Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney”
National Academy of
Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA)

2015-2016
Honored in Pennsylvania as among
“the very few attorneys (less than 1%)
that are good enough to make [the] list
[and] have demonstrated an extraordinary
amount of knowledge, skill, experience,
expertise and success in their
practice of criminal defense”

Top Ten PA Criminal Lawyers
Top Ten PA Criminal Lawyers

“10 Best” Attorneys
for Client Satisfaction

American Institute of
Criminal Law Attorneys (AIOCLA)

2014-2017
Distinguished in Pennsylvania
in the practice of Criminal Law

Top Federal Crime Lawyer
Top White Collar Crime Lawyer
Client’s Choice – Federal Crime
Client’s Choice – White Collar Crime
Superb rating (10.0 out of 10)

“Top Northeast Lawyer”
Featured in Arrive Magazine

2009-2017
Recognized by
Avvo

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Best Federal Crime by Avvo
avvo federal crime client's best choice
Federal Crime Client's Best Choice by Avvo
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White Collar Crime Client's Best Choice by Avvo
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Best White Collar Crime by Avvo
America's Top 100 Attorneys
America's Top 100 Attorneys
Fellow Litigation Counsel of America Awards
Fellow Litigation Counsel of America Awards
10 Best Female Attorneys
10 Best Female Attorneys

“America’s Top 100 Attorneys”
Lifetime Achievement Membership
2016-2017
Distinguished for Lifetime Achievement Membership and selected as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania based upon various criteria, including lifetime legal achievements, professional experience, significant case results, peer reputation, client satisfaction, other notable honors, media notoriety, and community impact.

“Fellow”
Litigation Counsel of America
2016
Honored to be selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than 1/2 of 1% of American lawyers, where fellowship is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation and superior ethical reputation. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, and Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment.

“10 Best” Female Attorneys
for Client Satisfaction

American Institute of
Criminal Law Attorneys (AIOCLA)

2016
Distinguished in Pennsylvania
in the practice of Criminal Law

Client Distinction Award
2003-2017

AV® Preeminent™
Highest Rating for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated

2003-2017

Top-Rated Legal Leaders
2013-2017

Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™
2003-2017

“Top Rated Lawyers in
Criminal Defense: White Collar”

American Lawyer Media & Martindale-Hubbell
2012-2015
Featured in issues of both Corporate Counsel
and The American Lawyer

All Honors by Martindale-Hubbell®
Among the top 5% of law firms in America

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AV Preeminent Rating Martindale Hubbell Attorney Awards

Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rated Attorney

“Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year – Pennsylvania”
Lawyers World Leading Lawyer Award
2012
Lawyers World Law Award
2012-2013
“Recognize a select number of leading professional firms
and lawyers across the globe for their individual areas
of specialization, within their geographical location”

Although a number of factors are considered
during the judging process, the lawyers selected
are those “that are noted for having a
high degree of ability in complex situations”
and “those that continually innovate” and
“perform to exceptional levels during the
most difficult period that the global
economy has experienced for decades”

“Criminal Defense Law Firm of the Year – USA”
Finance Monthly Law Awards
2016

“Influential Philadelphia Area Lawyers”
2009
Featured in “The Power Fifty” edition
of Philadelphia Magazine

The Hellenic Voice
Hellenic Communication Service, LLC
Featured in articles and publications
devoted to issues of interest to the
Greek-American community

“Top Lawyers”
Main Line Today
2009

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Finance Monthly Law Awards
best federal criminal defense attorney awards
Best Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
the best white collar criminal lawyer awards
The Best White Collar Criminal Lawyer Awards
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Top White Collar Criminal Lawyer Awards
M&A International Global Awards
M&A International Global Awards
america's most honored professionals
America's Most Honored Professionals
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Business Crimes Lawyers Awards

America’s Most Honored Professionals
2015-2017
Distinction is a cross-industry and cross-profession
honor based on quantitative analysis of
authenticated public recognitions and
is awarded only to successful individuals
who have been publicly recognized for
professional excellence with
multiple honors from
trade groups, peers, clients, and the press

M&A International Global Award
for both Criminal Law
and White Collar Crime

2013 and 2014
Lawyers World Law Award
Honor is bestowed upon “firms that are truly leaders
within their chosen areas of specialization”

The M&A International Annual Awards programs
accumulate votes from over 163 countries globally
and “provide a benchmark of the very best
of the best industry leaders, exemplary teams
and distinguished organizations, based on the
simple principles of veracity, accuracy and insight”

Global Awards Winner –
“Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year”

2011-2012, 2015-2017

“Pennsylvania Law Firm Of The Year
in Criminal Law & White Collar Crime”

2010, 2015-2017

Corporate INTL Magazine

Recognized among “the world’s leading law firms and lawyers
in an array of countries and continents across the globe”

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Corporate INTL Global Awards
Corporate INTL Legal Awards
Corporate INTL Legal Awards
corporate international legal award winner of 2010
Corporate INTL 2010 Legal Awards
corporate international legal award winner of 2011
Corporate INTL 2011 Legal Awards
corporate international legal award winner of 2012
Corporate INTL 2012 Legal Awards