Appellate Advocacy

Alessandra DeBlasio is an experienced appellate advocate with an outstanding record of successful appeals before federal and state appellate courts. She has a proven record of reversing adverse judgments in cases in which she did not represent the client in the trial court, as well as upholding trial court victories, in both criminal and civil matters. As of 2017, she serves on both the Criminal Justice Act and pro bono appellate attorney panels for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ms. DeBlasio began her appellate career in 1994, clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, for then-newly appointed Judge Rosemary Barkett, for the judge’s first two years on the federal bench. A few years later, Ms. DeBlasio was appointed second in charge of the Criminal Appeals Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, one of the nation’s premier U.S. Attorney’s Offices – a leader in prosecuting the nation’s most serious terrorism crimes.

Ms. DeBlasio’s appellate practice has covered a broad range of subject matter over the years, including criminal law, civil rights, immigration, personal injury and wrongful death. On criminal appeals, she has represented both government and defendant; on civil appeals, she has represented both plaintiff and medical doctor defendant; on civil rights and immigration appeals, she has represented the individual petitioner.

Successful appeals reversing adverse decisions include:

Ms. DeBlasio is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Fourth Circuits, and the state appellate courts of New York, New Jersey, Florida and Washington, D.C.


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