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Jo-Anna  Nieves

Jo-Anna Nieves

We take the "criminal" out of criminal defense
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • California, Florida
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Otis Landerholm
Otis Landerholm May 25, 2023
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Jo-Anna and her team have provided outstanding service and achieved outstanding results for many of our firm's clients. Thank you!
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The Nieves Law Firm founder Jo-Anna Nieves takes the "criminal" out of criminal defense, and her results speak for themselves. Jo-Anna has been recognized by multiple awards agencies for her exemplary legal work, having been named the Best Criminal Defense Attorney and the Best DUI Lawyer in Oakland by Expertise.com in 2023, as well as being recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for the past 7 years. Oakland Magazine also named her a Top 5 Attorney in their annual "Best of Oakland" awards.

Her award-winning legal work extends beyond the criminal defense realm as Jo-Anna has been cited in multiple published opinions for her work in post-conviction relief cases, which is geared towards individuals looking to find recourse for prior convictions.

Mrs. Nieves passed the California Bar in 2009 and went to work at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Two years later, she accepted a position as a trial attorney at a creditor’s rights law practice, where she effectively litigated over 400 contested matters and maintained a 95% success rate. She then formed The Nieves Law Firm to pursue her passion in the legal field, restoring the reputations of those who have been accused of crimes and helping them plan for a better future.

She strives to help her clients navigate the complex legal process with an advocate who empowers them and tenaciously fights for their future. She is passionate about delivering excellent service to her clients and her community. Her commitment to the legal field goes beyond just her own practice as she provides a yearly scholarship to students pursuing a career in law, has taught at Stanford Law's Trial Advocacy Workshop for multiple times, serves as the current Vice President of the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), and has served as a mock trial coach for Centro Legal de la Raza's Youth Law Academy.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
DUI & DWI
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
White Collar Crime
Additional Practice Areas
  • Restraining Orders
  • Motions to Vacate
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Complimentary consultations provided
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 276807
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Florida
The Florida Bar
ID Number: 121414
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
The Nieves Law Firm
- Current
Trial Attorney
Mandarich Law Group, LLP
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LRA
Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
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Education
Florida State University College of Law
J.D. (2009) | Law
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Florida State University
B.A. (2004) | Multinational Business & Finance
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Awards
Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oakland
Expertise
Best DUI Lawyers in Oakland
Expertise
Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Alameda
Expertise
10.0 Rating
Avvo
#21 on Seminole 100
Florida State University
Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oakland
Expertise
Best DUI Lawyers in Oakland
Expertise
Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Alameda
Expertise
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Super Lawyers
#60 Fastest Growing Law Firm in the US
Law Firm 500
10.0 Rating
Avvo
#35 on Seminole 100
Florida State University
Best of Oakland, Top 5 Attorneys
Oakland Magazine
#45 Fastest Growing Law Firm in the US
Law Firm 500
10.0 Rating
Avvo
#34 on Seminole 100
Florida State University
Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oakland
Expertise
Best DUI Lawyers in Oakland
Expertise
Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Alameda
Expertise
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Super Lawyers
#16 Fastest Growing Law Firm in the US
Law Firm 500
10.0 Rating
Avvo
Proven Trial Lawyer
Litigation Counsel of America
#6 on Seminole 100
Florida State University
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Super Lawyers
#12 Fastest Growing Law Firm in the US
Law Firm 500
10.0 Rating
Avvo
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Distinguished Service Award
Alameda County Bar Association
Top 10% in the U.S.
Lawyers of Distinction
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Thirty Under 30
FSU Alumni Association
Professional Associations
Alameda County Bar Association
Board of Directors
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The Art of Criminal Defense
Speaking Engagements
Direct Examination, Trial Advocacy Workshop
Stanford Law School
Careers in Criminal Law, Career Week: Criminal Law Careers
Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA)
Diversity in the Legal Field, Diversity Legal Pipeline
Centro Legal de la Raza
Post Conviction Relief for Attorneys and Their Clients, San Francisco Law Library
San Francisco Law Library
Post Conviction Relief for Immigration Attorneys and Their Clients, Pangea Legal Services
Pangea Legal Services
Business of Law, CEB Business of Law
Continuing Education of the Bar
Low Bono/Solo Session, UC Public Service Law Conference
UC Berkeley
Dark Window: A Look into Privacy in the Social Media Age, Earl Warren Inns of Court delivered MCLE
Earl Warren Inns of Court
Practice 99: Getting Paid, Berkeley Law
UC Berkeley
Top 50 Tech Hacks, Bay Area Legal Incubator
BALI
Women in Criminal Justice Law, ABA Women In Law
Alameda County Bar Association
Closing Arguments, Trial Advocacy Workshop
Stanford Law School
The Intersection of Gender and the Criminal Justice System, Gender, Sexuality, and the Law
Mills College
Issues Facing Women Entering the Practice of Law, ACBA Women in Law Series
Alameda County Bar Association
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work, 2016 Women's Conference
Covenant Church
Practical Nuts and Bolts for New Attorneys (Criminal), New Attorney Boot Camp
Alameda County Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
The Nieves Law Firm
Website
The Nieves Law Firm | Google Business Profile
Blog
The Nieves Law Firm Blog
Contact & Map
The Nieves Law Firm
160 Franklin St. Ste. 210
Oakland, CA 94607
Telephone: (510) 879-7549
Fax: (877) 272-5339
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