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NiaLena is a passionate and relentless advocate who doesn’t take no for an answer and who has earned the reputation nationally as well as internationally as one of the top federal criminal defense lawyers in both Philadelphia and Pennsylvania and of not being afraid to separate her clients and fight individually, strategically, creatively, and relentlessly. Through her boutique law practice, she gives personal, undivided, and often ’round-the-clock attention to all clients in an effort to provide the absolute best defense possible. As a strong believer in Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” NiaLena often chooses to travel “the road less traveled by” and, as a result, many of her courtroom successes as a criminal defense lawyer have come in matters that others considered hopeless.


Unlike most other lawyers, NiaLena embraces her clients foremost as human beings and employs a uniquely holistic approach in representing them, for she recognizes that people who have come under criminal scrutiny usually face a myriad of other deep-rooted problems far beyond the boundaries of their immediate legal case. Also unlike most of her colleagues, NiaLena holds a degree from the prestigious Wharton School, along with first-hand experience in international business, and is therefore able to relate to and understand in a distinctly personal way many of the unique challenges encountered by white collar criminal defendants. Moreover, NiaLena has a proven reputation of charting her own course in putting her clients first and doing right by them, stemming from her representation of a high-ranking mafia member as the youngest and only female lawyer who was unafraid to break ranks with the old-boy network of other criminal lawyers representing the codefendant mobsters.


It is NiaLena’s rare legal and human qualities that set her apart and that culminated in her being chosen as the subject of a feature story entitled “Fierce” that was recently written about her by Super Lawyers along with her selection as the only criminal defense lawyer to ever be featured on the Super Lawyers cover in Philadelphia Magazine. Her continued dedication to forging her own unique and holistic approach in representing clients and restoring them to good lives has also resulted in being heralded as the top of the best by her selection in the “Top 100” Super Lawyers for the entire state as well as the “Top 100” Philadelphia Super Lawyers among lawyers in all practice areas, both in 2020 and 2021. NiaLena is also proud that her unique qualities have been further recognized by her repeated selection in 2021 for the sixth year as one of the “Top 50 Women” Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania among women in all legal practice areas as well as her continuous selection for the thirteenth year as a Super Lawyer.


It is these same rare legal and human qualities that resulted in NiaLena being selected in 2021 by an international non-profit organization featuring Inspirational People around the world. NiaLena is humbled and honored to be the first of only two lawyers in the United States to be interviewed and featured among other individuals including business leaders, professors, Nobel prize winners, Olympic gold medalists, etc. who are regarded not only as most successful in their respective fields but also as inspirational due to the manner in which they practice in their respective fields and serve as role models to younger individuals.


NiaLena concentrates her law practice primarily in federal criminal defense and in very serious state criminal cases and represents individuals who have received target letters and/or grand jury subpoenas or are otherwise under federal criminal investigation as well as individuals who have come under federal indictment or have been otherwise charged with crimes. She has substantial experience in high-profile federal criminal cases and in extremely complicated federal criminal cases involving extensive electronic surveillance and wiretaps.


The breadth of her experience includes defending cases under investigation by various agencies, including but not limited to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); United States Secret Service (USSS); National Security Agency (NSA); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); Office of Inspector General (OIG); U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Internal Revenue Service (IRS); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); and United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). 




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NiaLena Caravasos - Top 50 Lawyer - Pennsylvania - White Collar Crime

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