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 both 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, 2018, 2019, and 2020 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 2018, she was nominated as one of the top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers.
Ms. Lamano takes a more holistic approach to criminal defense by taking 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 who find themselves in a bad situation. 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 – get the charges dismissed and help clients avoid legal trouble in the future.
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 as a Board Member for Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, an Oakland-based non-profit organization that advocates to release incarcerated people, restore human and civil rights, and reunify families.
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.
"The best decision I ever made. Givelle and her team are fantastic. I was so scared and as soon as I got on the phone with Givelle she went over all my options and really gave me the confidence to move forward. I always got updates and whenever I called they knew exactly who I was which is so rare with lawyers...you really know that they care. If you're looking for a DUI lawyer or criminal lawyer this is the best law office."Evelyn M.
"The absolute best!! This was the best decision I made after getting charged with a DUI. My charges was brought down to a wet wreckless and only 4 sessions (4 days) of DUI school. My license was never suspended. Givelle is honest, straight forward and a clear communicator. She will do everything in to getting you the best possible outcome."J. Maxamillion
"I work with Givelle Lamano on a professional level and would recommend her services to anyone that needs expert Criminal Defense or a DUI Lawyer in South San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and surrounding communities. She is a straight shooter and a smart cookie who understands the criminal justice system and may be able to get your sentence reduced."Greg Beddor
"This is my first time hiring Givelle Lamano as my attorney and she has done an outstanding job on my case. I would highly recommend Lamano Law to anybody that has a criminal case or pending DUI case. She got me the best result that she and I were both happy with."Jerome F.
"From the initial conversation with Givelle, I felt at ease, and even though she recommended I not hire her, I did anyway for peace of mind. I highly recommend Lamano Law if you’re looking for someone to not only help but to also give you detailed information and leave no question of what needs to be done or what is expected of you. Thank you Givelle!"Yimboda