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Jo-Anna Nieves

  • Serving all of Oakland
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • Oakland, CA

Biography

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
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • White Collar Crime

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law
  • Florida State University
    2004

Professional Experience

  • The Nieves Law Firm
    Managing Attorney
    2013
  • Mandarich Law Group, LLP
    Trial Attorney
    2011
  • Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
    LRA
    2009

Awards

  • Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oakland
    Expertise
    2023
  • Best DUI Lawyers in Oakland
    Expertise
    2023
  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Alameda
    Expertise
    2023
  • 10.0 Rating
    Avvo
    2023
  • #21 on Seminole 100
    Florida State University
    2023
  • Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oakland
    Expertise
    2022
  • Best DUI Lawyers in Oakland
    Expertise
    2022
  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Alameda
    Expertise
    2022
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
    Super Lawyers
    2022
  • #60 Fastest Growing Law Firm in the US
    Law Firm 500
    2022
  • 10.0 Rating
    Avvo
    2022
  • #35 on Seminole 100
    Florida State University
    2022
  • Best of Oakland, Top 5 Attorneys
    Oakland Magazine
    2022
  • #45 Fastest Growing Law Firm in the US
    Law Firm 500
    2021
  • 10.0 Rating
    Avvo
    2021
  • #34 on Seminole 100
    Florida State University
    2021
  • Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Oakland
    Expertise
    2021
  • Best DUI Lawyers in Oakland
    Expertise
    2021
  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Alameda
    Expertise
    2021
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
    Super Lawyers
    2021
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
    Super Lawyers
    2020
  • #16 Fastest Growing Law Firm in the US
    Law Firm 500
    2020
  • 10.0 Rating
    Avvo
    2020
  • Proven Trial Lawyer
    Litigation Counsel of America
    2020
  • #6 on Seminole 100
    Florida State University
    2020
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
    Super Lawyers
    2019
  • #12 Fastest Growing Law Firm in the US
    Law Firm 500
    2019
  • 10.0 Rating
    Avvo
    2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
    Super Lawyers
    2018
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
    Super Lawyers
    2017
  • Distinguished Service Award
    Alameda County Bar Association
    2017
  • Top 10% in the U.S.
    Lawyers of Distinction
    2017
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
    Super Lawyers
    2016
  • Thirty Under 30
    FSU Alumni Association
    2013

Associations

  • Alameda County Bar Association

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