White Collar Crime

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Federal Criminal Client

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Federal White Collar Criminal Client

  • Successfully represented a commercial broker in the United States District Court in a federal criminal white collar crime case and massive mail and wire fraud conspiracy in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania involving thousands of victims and many millions of dollars in loss that was described on a CNBC primetime special as "one of the largest known advance fee schemes in U.S. history." Following two years of meticulous analysis not only of the federal criminal case but especially of the young client's psychological turmoil and compelling life circumstances that played a critical role in how and why he became involved in and committed the offenses, coupled with strategic and relentless advocacy, the young man was able to avoid losing his life and career to the prison system and has embarked upon a new path after making everyone proud by turning his life around. 
    • As this young man's mother expressed in an email at the conclusion of the case, "I want to thank you SO MUCH for all of your deep compassion that you had in [my son's] case as well as still continue to have for him and his future. I know for certain that there would of been a very different outcome had we chosen different counsel. No one else would of put the time, effort and emotion into [my son] to get him where he needed to be and all of your very insightful decisions on this journey. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I will be eternally grateful to you for all that you have done and how you have shaped his life in a very different direction." 

    • The client's full review on Avvo.com entitled "My Moral Compass" is highlighted on the Quotes by Others page on this website.

  • Successfully represented a businesswoman in the United States District Court in a federal criminal white collar crime case involving a massive loan and wire fraud conspiracy in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania involving several millions of dollars in loss to numerous lending institutions. Through critical efforts early on, NiaLena succeeded in reducing by half the loss amount with which her client was charged. During the next two years of very intense representation, NiaLena persistently and relentlessly struggled and eventually succeeded in breaking through her client's denial in an effort to force her to acknowledge her very serious problems as well as her very painful life circumstances which resulted in her crimes in this case. NiaLena then proceeded to meticulously and strategically craft an extremely comprehensive and unique argument in an effort to save her client from spending 15 years in prison and, in the end, managed to secure a sentence of slightly over one year for her client. 
    • As reflected on the full review on  Avvo.com entitled "NiaLena Is Awesome," her client shares that “NiaLena admonished me in every way so that I would listen and she could then provide me with the best possible defense. No other lawyer would have provided me with the tough love that I needed… NiaLena’s love shined through on the 60+ page Sentencing Memo that she prepared. The Judge even complimented her on her work. It was absolutely TREMENDOUS! By God's grace, my sentence was dramatically reduced to just over one year. Much of that is due to the skill of my attorney NiaLena. She works by Love. Listen to her Counsel!”

  • Successfully represented a client in a high-profile white collar case that received nationwide media attention in New York Sports and NBC Bay Area, wherein the client was charged federally in the United States District Court with using the U.S. mail to send threatening communications to the head coach of an NFL team. Following an aggressive exploration of “diminished capacity,” succeeded in winning a variance from the prison term recommended by the federal sentencing guidelines and obtaining aprobationary sentence for the client.

  • Successfully represented a business consultant in the United States District Court in a federal criminal white collar crime case and mail fraud conspiracy in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in loss to an international corporation.  During more than two years of very intense representation, NiaLena employed meticulous and strategic analysis not only of the federal criminal case but also of the client's mental health challenges and compelling life difficulties that occurred in his country of origin while he was growing up as well as after he emigrated to the United States and that have haunted him to this day, thereby playing a critical role in how and why he became involved in and committed the offenses. This analysis, coupled with the use of experts and relentless advocacy, resulted in a victorious outcome in which the client was able to avoid losing his life and career to the prison system and embark upon a new path in life. 
    • As the client's wife expressed in an email following the case, "It has been about 5 months since coming home with my husband from the courthouse. I have thought about you nearly every day since and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for working so hard and for putting so much of yourself into my husband's case; Thus, impacting the judge's decision in our favor. You are an incredible humanitarian, a smart, dedicated and an extremely hard worker. I want to thank you but I also want to thank your parents for instilling in you the values of hard work, dedication, and caring. You were tough when it was necessary and gentle when it was needed. You do your job very well and more importantly you extend yourself beyond what is required of your job, and that is why I am thankful that we met you during our crisis. What you did for us, we will never be able to repay but I will always remember you as an example; and, if I were to be so lucky as to have one of my daughters be anything like you - I would be very proud. As you like to say and I agree, it was definitely a "Divine Intervention" in our case. May God continue to intervene in your life with divine interventions wherever you are, and may you forever be blessed with the knowledge and understanding that is required to defend those who need you the most. I am hopeful that we will keep in touch for a long time to come. Thank you for going above and beyond. We will be forever grateful to you. Thank you for believing in us and thank you for all that you do." 

    • As reflected on the full review on  Avvo.com entitled "More Than A Defense Attorney – A Friend & Fierce Advocate Of Her Clients," the client shares that "She Is Above The Rest!" “She realistically sets her defense on the factual basis of the case; she provides honest advice to her clients that may not be music to the ears of many, but at the conclusion of their cases, the honest advice is much appreciated." "I was able to survive because God opened many doors for me by placing NiaLena in my life." "Thank you so very much NiaLena for being a fierce advocate for the 'little guys' and a super counsel for everyone you come in contact with.”
  • Frequent guest speaker for many years on white collar crime as well as ethics in Leadership programs of the Management Department at her alma mater, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
    • Examples of various issues discussed include the changing perception by the courts and society of white collar crime versus violent crime, the motivation of money, ethical dilemmas, defining oneself as a corporate executive, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, evidentiary issues, the 5th Amendment privilege, and federal sentencing issues.
    • Examples of various cases discussed include United States v. Michael Milken, Enron (United States v. Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling), United States v. Martha Stewart, United States v. Bernard L. Madoff, and United States v. Vincent J. Fumo.
    • NiaLena has consistently received “Excellent” ratings from the students, along with very positive feedback such as:

"She had an extremely interesting insight into law and business"

"She was a great speaker and presenter as well."

"The ethics of white collar criminal defense are intriguing and she communicates this in such an effective way."