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Lana M. Manitta

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Purcellville, VA

The Law Office of Lana Manitta, PLLC
140B Purcellville Gateway Drive, #511
Purcellville, VA 20132
Phone: 703-705-4428
Fax: 703-705-4429
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in Virginia Since: 1998
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (20%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%), Family Law (20%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
Attorney Profile

The founder of The Law Office of Lana Manitta, PLLC, Lana M. Manitta devotes her practice primarily to state and federal criminal defense matters, and she has significant family law experience as well. Working out of her firm’s location in Purcellville, she provides representation to clients throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ms. Manitta has been admitted to practice in Virginia since 1998, and she is additionally admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

In her criminal defense practice, Ms. Manitta is a forceful advocate for people who have been accused of having committed serious misdemeanor or felony offenses. The types of cases that she has worked on have involved a wide range of charges, including fraud and other white collar crimes, racketeering, driving under the influence, drug possession and distribution, sex offenses, bribery and homicide. Throughout her career, Ms. Manitta has been able to obtain positive outcomes for her clients through acquittals, dismissals and the negotiation of lenient plea agreements with the prosecution.

Ms. Manitta’s family law experience has encompassed divorce, child support and custody disputes, and the preparation and review of prenuptial agreements. She has also helped clients obtain the enforcement of or modifications to existing parenting and support court orders. Ms. Manitta’s successful track record in all of her legal endeavors has earned her the acclaim of her colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 peer review rating through Avvo.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. 

Practice Areas
  • 20%Criminal Defense
  • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 20%Family Law
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, DUI/DWI


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022

About Lana M. Manitta

First Admitted: 1998, Virginia

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Women's White-Collar Defense Association, Small Firm Initiative Committee, Communications Sub-Committee, 2018
  • NACDL's Women in Criminal Defense Committee, 2018
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Loudoun Chapter
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2014

Educational Background

  • B.A., Philosophy, Politics and Law; Binghamton University, Binghamton NY, 1995

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Broken Barriers in Legal Education: How Immigration and Integration Have Shaped the Way We Learn the Law, 12 Geo. Immig. L.J. 361 (Winter 1998)., Author, 1998
  • Notes & Comments Editor, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, 1997-1998


  • Listed as Top Lawyer in Criminal Defense, Arlington Magazine, Top Lawyers, Arlington Magazine, 2019
  • Listed as "Legal Elite" in Criminal Defense, Virginia Business Magazine, Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2019
  • Peer review conducted via surveys of lawyers across multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations, in similar areas of practice as the lawyer being rated. Reviewers are asked to assess their colleagues' general ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice, based on performance in five areas: Legal Knowledge Analytical Capabilities Judgment Communication Ability Legal Experience AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. Source, AV(R) Rated Pre-Eminent, Martindale-Hubbell

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Providing pro bono representation on Motions for Compassionate Release for federal inmates at high risk for COVID-19 complications., 2020
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Office Location for Lana M. Manitta

140B Purcellville Gateway Drive
Purcellville, VA 20132

Phone: 703-705-4428

Fax: 703-705-4429

Last Updated: 11/16/2021

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