As a high-stakes federal and white collar criminal defense attorney featured on the Super Lawyers cover in Philadelphia Magazine and described as "Fierce", NiaLena earned her reputation almost two decades ago for being unafraid to break ranks with “the old-boy network” that began with the Merlino mob trial. She is a lifetime charter member of Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America and consistently recognized among the "Top 100" PA Super Lawyers, "Top 100 Philadelphia" Super Lawyers, "Top 50 Women" Super Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, etc. As a graduate from the renowned Wharton School who also has work experience in the international business world, NiaLena is able to identify with many of the challenges facing white collar crime defendants in a manner that her colleagues cannot in an effort to restore her clients to good lives. NiaLena's federal criminal defense practice is primarily focused in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (including Philadelphia and surrounding counties) but also includes the Middle District of PA, the District of New Jersey, the Washington, D.C. Metro area, and multiple jurisdictions in the U.S. The depth of her experience includes the defense of cases under investigation by various government agencies, such as the FBI, Homeland Security, NASA, Secret Service, DEA, ATF, ICE, IRS, USPIS, and SBA.