Alessandra DeBlasio

Alessandra DeBlasio is a highly regarded appellate and trial lawyer, who started her career at the U.S. Department of Justice in 1997, following federal appellate and trial court clerkships. At the Justice Department, she was among an elite group of federal prosecutors who coordinated all international criminal cases involving the United States, whether to be tried on American soil or overseas. Of particular note, during her second year at the Department, she was selected to be on the U.S. delegation that negotiated the establishment of the International Criminal Court.

Alessandra subsequently served as the deputy chief of criminal appeals at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, the nation’s premier federal prosecutor’s office in combatting terrorism, with jurisdiction over the Pentagon and CIA. As deputy chief, Alessandra briefed and argued 13 appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, most of them as appellant, winning them all. Among the appellate matters she successfully handled were the interlocutory appeals of Zacarias Moussaoui, the would-be “20th hijacker” in the 9/11 terrorist attack on America. Before heading back to New York, her hometown, she spent two years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, trying cases involving a variety of drug, gun, and violent crime offenses.

Upon her return to New York in 2005, Alessandra worked at the New York personal injury law office of her father, Peter E. DeBlasio, a legendary trial lawyer recognized by his peers across the nation as among the very top in the profession. She tried and won the firm’s final case, a wrongful death action in federal court in Manhattan. Upon her father’s retirement, she worked in the litigation practice of a storied Wall Street law firm, handling Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases and internal investigations on behalf of major pharmaceutical and oil industry clients.

In 2009, Alessandra opened her own litigation firm, focusing on federal criminal matters in New York and New Jersey, primarily defending clients charged with acts of terrorism, arms dealing, RICO offenses, international and maritime narcotics-trafficking, conspiracy to distribute narcotics, moneylaundering, bribery, and fraud. She has also taken on a handful of cases where inmates, serving life sentences, have sought sentence reductions following changes in the federal drug and gun laws. While primarily handling federal trial and appellate matters, she also litigates personal injury cases on appeal.

Alessandra is a member of Criminal Justice Act panels and Pro Bono panels for the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. She serves as well on a newly constituted civilian task force charged with overseeing a state and federal correctional institution – the Essex County Correctional Facility in New Jersey – the first such task force of its kind in the country.

Alessandra earned her law degree from Columbia Law School, followed by a Master’s degree from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, with a double concentration in Human Rights Law and Latin American Studies. She has taught legal writing and research as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and was a guest lecturer in appellate and trial advocacy at George Washington University School of Law. Alessandra speaks French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, and is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Washington, DC.

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