Joseph Lesniak

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Media, PA

Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, LLC
 | 206 West State Street, Suite 300
Media, PA 19063
Phone: 484-444-2348
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Joseph Lesniak, of The Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, LLC, in Media, Pennsylvania, practices criminal defense law. Serving clients in the Media area, Mr. Lesniak has experience with crimes, including DUI/DWI, harassment, internet crimes, robbery, theft, traffic violations and more.

Mr. Lesniak graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree and went on to earn his law degree from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. He has been licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania since 2003 and is a member of The National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40.”

Following law school, Mr. Lesniak spent several years as a prosecutor. In this role, he prosecuted many crimes involving child abuse and domestic violence. He was also the lead prosecutor for the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and helped implement community programs on topics related to crimes against children, particularly in the context of technology-related crimes. He opened his own criminal defense practice in 2012.

Mr. Lesniak regularly speaks and writes on criminal-related topics. He is extremely active in his local political community and a member of his local Rotary Club. He also previously served as a solicitor of Nether Providence Township and sits on the board of directors of the Upper Darby Center for Family Safety.

In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University, he provides pro bono services via workshops on campus to educate students about their legal rights related to alcohol, drugs and other matters. He belongs to additional professional organizations, including the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Delaware County Bar Association and the Guy G. deFuria Inn of Court.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (80%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%): DUI/DWI

Civil Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018

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About Joseph Lesniak

Admitted: 2003, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.jpllaw.net/About/Joseph-Lesniak.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer, 2015
  • 10 Best in Pennsylvania, American Institute of Criminal Attorneys, 2014
  • Exceptional Service in the Public Interest, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2010
  • Nicholas Vadino Award, Delaware County Bar Association, 2010
  • High School Mock Trial Competition County Coordinator, 2004 - 2011
  • Nicholas Vadino, Jr. Award, Outstanding Commitment to the Bar by a Young Lawyer, Delaware County Bar Association, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Delaware County Bar Association, President Young Lawyers Section, 2009
  • Delaware County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2010-2011
  • Delaware County Bar Association, 2003-Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 2012-Present
  • Guy G. DeFuria Inn of Courts, 2012-Present
  • Pennsylvania, 2003

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Rotary International – Swarthmore Club, 2012-Present President 2015-2016 Swarthmore Charity Fun Fair Chairman 2017 to Present
  • Helen Kate Furness Library, President, 2011-2012
  • Helen Kate Furness Library, Vice President, 2010
  • Upper Darby Center for Family Safety, Board of Directors, 2009-2011
  • Nether Providence Parks Commission, Secretary, 2005-2006
  • Nether Providence Parks Commission, 2002-2006
  • Strategic Plan Committee, Chairman, 2010
  • Helen Kate Furness Library, Wallingford, PA, Board of Directors, Member, 2009
  • Drug Education for Youth Camp, Camp Director, 2008-September 13, 2009
  • Law Day Committee, Member, 2004-2012
  • High School Mock Trial Competition County, Coordinator, 2004-Present
  • Delaware County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board, Chairman, 2007-2012
  • Delaware County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board, Member, 1998-2006
  • Delaware County Child Death Review Team, Member, 2005-2012
  • Neumann University, Center for Community Leadership Development and Entrepreneurship, 2011-2012
  • Legal Aid of South Eastern Pennsylvania

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Instructor, Cape Institute, 2016
  • Special Victims Prosecution Presentation, The PJA School – June 6, 2006
  • Dangers of Bullying Presentation, Archbishop John Carroll High School - February 19, 2007
  • Symposium on Suicide Prevention, Springfield Country Club – November 18, 2010
  • Delaware County Safe School Summit, Villanova University, Protection From Abuse Orders & Child Custody – November, 2008
  • Delaware County Safe School Summit, Villanova University, Internet Safety & Use Policies – October 26, 2010
  • Delaware County Safe School Summit, Villanova University, 2010
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Abduction Presentation, Delaware County Community College – December 15, 2010
  • Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Trainings, Delaware County – October, 2009-2010
  • Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Trainings, Dauphin County – April, 2010
  • Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Trainings, Allegheny County – April, 2011
  • Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Trainings, Lackawanna County – November, 2011
  • Cyberbulling Summit, Neumann University – April 12, 2011
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training, Courtroom Practicum, Delaware County Court House, Media, PA, May 18, 2012
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training, Classroom Presentation, Acadia University, King of Prussia, PA, March 6, 2012
  • Cyberbulling and Internet Safety Student Symposium, Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Bryn Mawr, PA – October 4, 2011
  • Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Programs, Law Day 2009-2012
  • Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Programs, Strath Haven High School, Wallingford, PA
  • Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Programs, Radnor High School, Radnor, PA – October 12, 2011
  • Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Programs, Saint Rose of Lima School, Ridley Park, PA – October 23, 2010
  • Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Programs, Drexel Hill Middle School, Drexel Hill, PA – November 8, 2010
  • Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Programs, Lansdowne Baptist Church – August 6, 2011
  • Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Programs, The Benchmark School, Media, PA – April 18, 2011
  • Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Programs, Career Day – October 25, 2011
  • Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Programs, Parent/ Teacher Program – October 6, 2011
  • Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Programs, Springton Lake Middle School, Media, PA
  • Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Programs, Penncrest High School, Media, PA – March 13-15, 2012
  • Mandatory reporting and HIPPA, An in-depth presentation on the types of child abuse, crimes associated with these types of abuse and obligations of professionals and volunteers under the mandatory reporting laws, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Upland PA – May, 2012
  • Mandatory reporting and HIPPA, An in-depth presentation on the types of child abuse, crimes associated with these types of abuse and obligations of professionals and volunteers under the mandatory reporting laws, Strayer University, Springfield, PA – November 21, 2012
  • Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Legal Updates, 2008-2012
  • Delaware County Elder Law Handbook
  • National Conference on Domestic Violence, National College of District Attorneys, Reno, NV – Oct. 23-27, 2005
  • National Conference on Domestic Violence, National College of District Attorneys, Orlando, FL – Oct. 22-26, 2007
  • National Conference on Domestic Violence, National College of District Attorneys, San Diego, CA – Oct. 20-24, 2008
  • Protecting Children Online for Prosecutors, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria VA – April 30, 2007
  • Protecting Children Online for Prosecutors, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria VA – May 3, 2007
  • Department of Justice Drug Education for Youth Annual Training Summit, Nashville, TN – February 9-13, 2009
  • Unsafe Havens II (Advanced Prosecutors course for the prosecution of online exploitation of children), National Advocacy Center, Columbia, SC – March 1-5, 2010
  • Advanced Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse and Exploitation, National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 2010
  • Faculty Development – Train the Trainer, National District Attorneys Association, Alexandria, VA – January 10-12, 2011
  • Investigating & Prosecuting Possession of Child/Adolescent Sexual Abuse Images – May 2, 2011
  • 2011 National Strategy Conference on Combating Child Exploitation, San Jose, CA – May 17-20, 2011
  • Crimes Against Children, Conference, Dallas, TX – August 8-11, 2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Political Science, Pennsylvania State University

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Rotary- Governor's Citation, 2017
  • Paul Harris Fellow- Rotary, 2015

Educational Background:

  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude, Major: Political Science, Minor: History, May 2000, Honors: Concentration Secondary Social Studies Education, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, National Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society, May 2000, Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society, May 1999

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Justice
  • Real Estate
Office Location for Joseph Lesniak

206 West State Street
Suite 300
Media, PA 19063

Phone: 484-444-2348

 

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Last Updated: 8/29/2018

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