ON SUPER LAWYERS COVER & DESCRIBED AS "FIERCE" + HONORED AMONG WORLD'S "INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE"
One of only two lawyers in the U.S. to be selected by an international non-profit organization featuring “Inspirational People” around the world (including Nobel prize winners, business leaders), NiaLena is the only criminal defense lawyer ever featured on the Super Lawyers cover in Philadelphia Magazine and was also featured by Super Lawyers in an article entitled "Fierce" and honored repeatedly in the "Top 50 Women" and "Top 100" and "Top 100 Philadelphia." Differing from most of her colleagues, NiaLena has tremendous compassion and focuses first on her clients as people. She utilizes a unique all-encompassing approach in an effort to help them during their representation because she realizes that clients who have been caught in the crosshairs of a criminal investigation are typically also dealing with a variety of other serious issues that transcend the confines of their specific legal case. NiaLena is also a graduate from the renowned Wharton School and also has work experience in the international business world, so she is also able to identify with many of the challenges facing white collar crime defendants in a manner that her colleagues cannot. Often taking Robert Frost's "road less traveled by," NiaLena is known for always putting her clients' interests first: that reputation was initially earned when she was the youngest and only female attorney representing a high-ranking organized crime figure in the federal RICO trial of U.S. v. Joseph Merlino and yet did not hesitate to separate her client, Frank Gambino, and go against the old-boys network of other criminal lawyers representing mafia co-defendants. NiaLena was also the youngest and only female attorney representing powerful PA Senator Vincent Fumo.