Amato T. Sanita

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Amato Sanita Law Offices
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 807
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 267-738-7766
Fax: 215-751-9739
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (60%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Languages Spoken: English, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Mr. Sanita is involved in the defense of individuals charged with a crime (s) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  His office handles all aspects of Criminal Defense; from pre-trial negotiations to all avenues involving non-trial and trial dispositions.

Mr. Sanita concentrates his practice on Adult and Juvenile criminal defense in Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties.  Additionally he handles all Federal matters in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Scranton, Pennsylvania.

He is also responsible for all complex civil rights litigation.


White Papers

  • Ethics and Criminal Defense (2019) - Discussions and analysis of Ethics issues in Criminal Defense (OSIA) 

About Amato T. Sanita

Admitted: 1996, Pennsylvania

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Obtained highest level of education and teaching in the areas of DUI and DWI defense. 

Educational Background

  • Major Trials Attorney (Defender Association of Philadelphia), Supervisor/Trainer (Defender Association of Philadelphia). Shareholder managing Legal Services Division (Freedman and Lorry PC)


  • Amato Sanita published a monthly legal column in the organizations state wide magazine. Currently with 12,000 subscriptions., Sons and Daughters of Italy Magazine

Representative Clients

  • Amato Sanita has  represented thousands of individuals arrested for criminal offenses in his career  in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, specifically including Adult, Juvenile and Federal  Courts. He has successfullyrepresented many high profile clients charged with various crimes including You Tube Police Threats, School Shootings and the Prosecution of Judges and elected officials. (Specific individuals are kept confidential to protect their reputations which is his firms strict policy)He personally handles all aspects of defending individuals facing criminal investigations and criminal charges in every area of criminal defense. , 2001
  • Representing individual clients charged with crimes as well as various labor unions on a private basis.


  • National News and You-Tube video depicting Amato Sanita's defense of Raisheen Rochwell.  This was a highly profile alleged school shooting in a West Philadelphia Charter School., Amato Sanita defends Philadelphia School Shooter, 2016

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association Court Appointment Selection Committee., 2016
  • Mr. Sanita served as a Trial Attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia until 2001 and continues to represent indigent individuals in many areas of law, including criminal practice.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Elected Chair, by the Board of Judges for the Philadelphia Bar Association Court Appointment Selection Committee., 2016
  • Member of Philadelphia Bar Association, Chair, Court Appointment Committee of The Philadelphia Bar Association, National Trial Lawyers Association, Justinian Society, Criminal Justice Bar, Sons and Daughters of Italy (Professional Organization), OSDIA District 1 Treasurer (Legal Society), Pennsylvania State Arbitrator (Legal Disputes OSDIA), Treasurer (founding year) Philadelphia Criminal Inn of Court., 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Pro-Bono Coordinator service Award Philadelphia County., 2017
  • Founder of the Amato T. Sanita Brighter Future Scholarship.  Awarding High School and College students scholarships based upon merit and future goals.  Two scholarships were given with over 1200 applicants., 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Key note Speaker at Philadelphia Community College Criminal Justice Seminar. Topics included Criminal background Checks and security clearances with an expungement., Key note speaker, Criminal Offenses and Expungements, 2017
  • Mr. Sanita often lectures at independent criminal seminars associated with the Sons and Daughters of Italy Organization and serves yearly as a Moot Court Judge for The National Moot Court Trial Competition.
  • Mr. Sanita lectured at numerous colleges focusing on Criminal Defense and the consequences upon an individuals immigration status., Lead Speaker, Criminal Convictions and Immigration Consequences, 2018


  • 1) Not Guilty all charges (Philadelphia, 1/2019 Court of Common Pleas) 2) Jury Acquittal all charges (Philadelphia, 2/2019 Trial Court Division) , 2019


  • AVVO RATED 10/10 Client Representation, 2018
  • Amato Sanita has earned the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Client's Choice Award for Excellence in Representing Clients charged with Criminal matters. , Clients Choice Award for Criminal Representation, Avvo, 2015
  • Super Lawers, 2010
  • Amato T. Sanita, Esquire has been Selected as a National Top 100 Trial Lawyer for 4 consequetive years. This is one of the highest awards given to any trial lawyer nationwide., Selected as a National Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Amato T. Sanita was elected in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by the Court of Common Pleas Board of Judges to serve as Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Court Appointment Selection Committee., Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association, 2016
  • Super Lawyers, 2011
  • AVVO RATED 10/10 Client Representation, 2013
  • Amato T. Sanita has received the Top One Percent of Trial Lawyers award for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 for representing his clients in Criminal Defense matters. , Nations top one percent of Trial Lawyers, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015

Industry Groups

  • Chair Court Appointment Selection Committee
  • Justinian Society
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Sons And Daughters Of Italy State And National Association
  • State Orator
  • Trial Lawyers Institute
  • X-Philly Defenders Executive Board Member
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Office Location for Amato T. Sanita

1518 Walnut Street
Suite 807
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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