Paul V. Prestia

Paul V. Prestia

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in New York, NY

The Prestia Law Firm
 | 65 Broadway, Suite 716
New York, NY 10006
Phone: 212-430-6313
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Civil Rights (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Attorney Profile



Located in downtown Manhattan, The Prestia Law Firm concentrates on Civil Rights litigation and Criminal Defense matters.

We diligently advocate for our clients who have been falsely arrested or imprisoned, maliciously prosecuted or who are victims of unlawful “stop & frisk”, police brutality and abuse by corrections officers in Rikers Island or who have been subjected to solitary confinement. We pursue legal action based on state and federal constitutional violations. Our firm has obtained sizable monetary settlements in suits filed against the City of New York and the NYPD.

We represent criminal defendants arrested and charged with committing crimes in the New York City area, in both state and federal court, including but not limited to; DWI, DUI,  domestic violence, drug sale/possession, weapons offenses, conspiracy, tax evasion and credit card fraud.  We understand that the accused are often presumed guilty by the criminal justice system and tirelessly fight to disprove the same. We are committed to providing personal service to each of our clients and achieving excellent results for their legal matters.

Our firm is unique in that we realize what we do isn’t corporate- its personal. We treat our clients as such and promise to give them the attention their case deserves.

For over a decade, Mr. Prestia has zealously fought for the rights of his clients; defending the accused and protecting the abused.  As such, Mr. Prestia has been recognized as one of the preeminent NYC attorneys in his field.  In 2016 and 2017, he was selected to New York Metro Super Lawyers list by Thompson Reuters for his efforts  in criminal defense and civil rights litigation. Moreover, Mr. Prestia has become one of the leading civil rights and criminal justice reform advocates in New York City speaking at 2016 American Justice Summit and at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers during their Annual Conference in West Palm Beach this past August.

Paul Prestia lecturing at UCLA in his candid lecture series “Kaleif Browder and The Extraordinary Quest for Justice”

In addition, Mr. Prestia has addressed law students at UCLA School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, New York Law School, American University School of Law, and Miami Law School in his candid lecture series “Kalief Browder and The Extraordinary Quest for Justice”

Mr. Prestia has provided legal commentary on MSNBC, CNN, and Huff Post Live and his cases have been covered by The New Yorker Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times.,The NY Daily News and The New York Post. In March 2017, Mr. Prestia was  featured as himself in the Spike TV docuseries ‘Time: The Kalief Browder Story’.

Mr. Prestia is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in the Southern and Eastern Districts in Federal Court 2nd Circuit. He received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law and began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.




About Paul Prestia

Admitted: 1999, New York

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Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Mr. Prestia has guest lectured on the Criminal Justice Sysytem at UCLA Law School, Miami Law School, St. Johns University School of Law, New York Law School and American University School of Law.



Office Location for Paul V. Prestia

65 Broadway
Suite 716
New York, NY 10006


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Last Updated: 5/16/2017

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