Paul Prestia has transcended the law as an attorney, activist, public speaker, and media presence.
As an attorney, Mr. Prestia has become a voice for the voiceless for those who have had their rights trampled upon by our criminal justice system. As such, Mr. Prestia has been recognized as one of the preeminent New York City attorneys in his field. In 2016 and 2017, he was selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list by Thompson Reuters Magazine for his efforts in Criminal Defense and Civil Rights litigation.
More than just a lawyer, Mr. Prestia has been an advocate for reform. He has stood and spoken with leaders of Congress in support of changes to criminal justice legislation. Recently he participated at the American Justice Summit and at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers during their annual conferences. In addition, Mr. Prestia has addressed the students at UCLA, Miami and American law schools discussing current abuses on civil rights.
Mr. Prestia is most recognizable for his work in exposing the shortcomings in the criminal justice system during his representation of Kalief Browder. Mr. Browder’s tragic story became ingrained in the national landscape after his death in 2015. Mr. Prestia was featured as Kalief’s attorney and friend, in the 2017 docuseries Time: The Kalief Browder Story, which debuted on Spike Television last spring.
Mr. Prestia has appeared on Good Day New York, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News. His cases have been covered by the New Yorker Magazine, the New York Times, the NY Daily News and the New York Post.
Mr. Prestia is admitted to practice law in New York and in Federal Court Second Circuit, Southern and Eastern Districts. He received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law and began his career as a prosecutor in the Kings County.
Mr. Prestia is Special Counsel to the Liakas Law Firm, heading their Civil Rights Division.