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  • ​​Civil Rights

    • False Arrest​

    • Police Brutality

  • Human Rights​

    • Rikers Island Injury​

  • Criminal Defense

    • Felonies 

    • Misdemeanors

  • Personal Injury

    • Slip & Fall​s

    • Car Accidents

    • Construction Sites


John Paul DeVerna is the founder of DeVerna Law, a litigation firm focusing on criminal defense, civil rights, and personal injury litigation.  Mr. DeVerna has exemplary criminal defense advocacy skills resulting in 95% of his private clients receiving non-criminal disposition offers or trial wins.  In the civil rights division of the firm, Mr. DeVerna has recovered monetary compensation for a variety of individuals alleging false arrest, police brutality, and malicious prosecution.  In the personal injury division of the firm, he has recovered monetary compensation for client’s hurt due to the negligence of others.   

Mr. DeVerna is a former felony prosecutor.  His experience working in the District Attorney's Office complemented Mr. DeVerna's prior experience working at the New York State Attorney General's Office, and for a New York Federal Judge.  Mr. DeVerna is graduate of both Brooklyn Law School and the University of Maryland.   He is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School.


  • New York County Bar Association

  • Bronx County Bar Association (Judiciary Committee)

  • Kings County Bar Association

  • Queens County Bar Association

  • Jewish Lawyers' Guild

  • Community Board 2, Manhattan

  •  National Trial Lawyers Association


  • New York State Court

  • New Jersey State Court

  • Connecticut State Court

  • U.S. Federal Court (SDNY)

  • U.S. Federal Court (EDNY)




Accidents, Leaving the Scene

Accidents, Pedestrian Knockdown



Criminal Defense FAQ

Criminal Justice System

Criminal Penalties

Criminal Mischief

Desk Appearance Tickets

Desk Appearance Ticket Tips

Disorderly Conduct

Domestic Violence

Driving with Suspended License

Driving: Aggravated Unlicensed Operation

Drug Possession

Drunk Driving / DWI DUI

False Arrest

Federal Crimes

Firearm Possession

Forfeitures / Civil Demand



Grand Larceny

Grand Larceny Penalties

Gun Possession Defense Lawyer



Identity Theft

Immigration Issues

Immigration Consequences NY

Knifes & Gravity Knifes

Marijuana Offenses


Lewdness & Exposure


Police Brutality

Reckless Driving


Sex Crimes

To reach John Paul DeVerna, please call (212) 321-0025 or e-mail him directly at jpd@mynylawyer.com.


Alyssa Sanchez Wright joined DeVerna Law in 2022 as a civil rights paralegal, while finishing up her law degree at North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude.  While in law school, Ms. Sanchez-Wright clerked during a summer for the Honorable Judge Donald L. Graham of the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida. She competed in a National Moot Court Competition and an ABA client counseling competition. She also supported the Family Law Clinic and Veterans Law Clinic, where she provided free legal services for low income individuals for a total of 510 hours.   At DeVerna Law, Ms. Sanchez-Wright uses her passion and extensive experience in social justice and civil rights advocacy to provide legal services in the area of police misconduct.   Ms. Sanchez-Wright  is currently licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.*  Ms. Sanchez-Wright  is fluent in English and Spanish.  

*Not licensed to practice law in the state of New York. All work supervised by a member of the New York state bar.


Mariam Kutaladze joined DeVerna Law in 2022 and works  as a civil rights and human rights paralegal.  Ms. Kutaladze is a graduate of Tbilisi State University Law School. During her LLM in Georgia, she became a scholar at Lyon Catholic University, France (International Business Law). She is Experienced in working with different public institutions in Georgia such as Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Public Service Development Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Central Criminal Police Department, International Law Enforcement Cooperation Centre; National Wildlife Agency. She passed a Georgian National Bar Exam.  Ms. Kutaladze is fluent in English, French, Russian, and Georgian.

*Not licensed to practice law in the state of New York. All work supervised by a member of the New York state bar.


Giorgi Tsikarishvili  joined DeVerna Law in 2022 and works  as a civil rights and human rights paralegal.   Mr. Tsikarishvili is a lawyer, former prosecutor, and human rights activist.  Mr. Tsikarishvili has a master's degree in criminal law from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. At different times, he has studied at Tartu University (Estonia) and Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany. He has passed qualification exams for the State Inspector’s Service investigator and the qualification exam of the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia.   Mr. Tsikarishvili is fluent in English,  Russian, and Georgian.

*Not licensed to practice law in the state of New York. All work supervised by a member of the New York state bar.

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