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Lana Manitta

Lana Manitta is a criminal defense attorney with over two decades of experience. She listed among the Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Virginia, the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Virginia, the Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine, Virginia Super Lawyers, and Top Attorneys by Northern Virginia Magazine and Richmond Magazine. She has also achieved an AV-Preeminent rating—the highest available—by the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ system and has a 10.0 rating on AVVO.

Ms. Manitta represents individuals facing criminal investigation and/or serious felony and capital charges before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Circuit Courts of Northern Virginia. She also litigates selected family law cases in Virginia and civil matters in the U.S. District Court in the areas of employment law, commercial litigation and insurance coverage. She welcomes opportunities to serves as co-counsel or local counsel for firms and attorneys unfamiliar with the unique practice requirements of the “Rocket Docket.”

With the opening of The Law Office of Lana Manitta, PLLC, Ms. Manitta enjoys a new flexibility to her practice, wherein her primary responsibility—the client—is now her sole responsibility. If you need an attorney, let Ms. Manitta tailor a solution and strategy specific to your needs and circumstances.



  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Women in Criminal Defense Committee Member
  • Women's White-Collar Defense Association, Small Firm Initiative Committee, Communications Sub-Committee
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Loudoun Chapter
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association


  • Binghamton University, B.A., 1995
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1998
  • Notes & Comments Editor, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, 1997-1998

Admissions and Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Recent Blog Posts


  • John C. Kiyonaga

    Lana and I have shared numerous clients eligible for the Death Penalty in federal court. She is steady, unflappable, dogged and very creative - an unfailingly reliable partner, a congenial companion and a credit to our profession.
  • Highly Recommend

    I have been very pleased with the service I received from Ms. Manitta. I had another lawyer in the beginning of this process, and she was dragging her heels. When I procured Ms. Manitta, she got right to work, and if I hadn't changed to her services, I think I would still be married. She didn't s...


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