Meet Givelle Lamano

GIVELLE LAMANO is a Bay Area criminal defense attorney who truly cares about her clients. She has represented people from all walks of life, including gang members in prison, appealing their life sentences to first-time offenders who have never been arrested. She is licensed in state and federal courts and has served as a court-appointed attorney for the Alameda County Bar Association.

Ms. Lamano received the Super Lawyer Rising Star award in 2017 – 2021 for her professional achievement and peer recognition. She ranks in the top 2% of over 65,000 attorneys. She received the Client’s Choice award with Avvo from 2013 – 2016 and has a 10 ranking. In 2021, she was featured in INC magazine, and the following year she started regularly contributing to Forbes. In 2023, she successfully completed the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Program. This program is designed to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace by providing local communities with employment opportunities.

Ms. Lamano takes a more holistic approach to criminal defense by taking the time to understand why a person was arrested in the first place and what factors contributed to an arrest or allegation. By doing this, she highlights the good traits in people in bad situations. She then uses that information to present her clients in the most positive light when negotiating deals in court. Ms. Lamano does not believe one bad act should ruin a person’s life or define who they are. Her goal is simple – getting the charges dismissed and helping clients avoid legal trouble.

Ms. Lamano is also the founder of the Three Strikes Justice Center, a non-profit organization focused on alleviating the overcrowding of prisons through restorative justice. For 5-years, she served as a Board Member for Insight Prison Project, an organization providing services to prisoners and parolees all over California. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, a non-profit in Oakland that helps reunify incarcerated individuals with their families, and with Defy Ventures, a national non-profit that helps people with criminal histories get a second chance at life.

Preceding her criminal defense work, Ms. Lamano represented low-wage and immigrant workers at the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic at Golden Gate University. Ms. Lamano began working at a young age in various blue-collar jobs so she is no stranger to hard work. She has spoken as a panelist for Women in Leadership and spends her free time with family and Boston Terrier.

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