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Daniel-Paul Paul Alva

Daniel-Paul Paul Alva

Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Alva & Associates
Philadelphia, PA
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Attorney Biography

Defense attorney Daniel-Paul Alva has been helping those charged with crimes for over 40 years. He has not only defended thousands of clients in court, but he has also been a member of an impressive list of prestigious organizations. He founded Alva & Associates to

Daniel earned his law degree at Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and became licensed to practice law in 1972. He began his career as an attorney at the Philadelphia District Court's Office in the newly formed Narcotics Unit. Together with Stephen Robert LaCheen, he established the firm of LaCheen and Alva in 1974. In 1987 he founded his own firm, no known as Alva & Associates, which represents clients in both criminal defense and personal injury, at local, state, and federal levels.

Among the legal organizations in which he takes part are the National and Pennsylvania Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML). In both 1998 and 2002 he served as Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, as well as serving on the Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention for 10 years. In addition, he has served a three year term on the Board of Governors of the Bar Association, during which he served for a year as the Chair of the Board. From 2008 to 2010 he served as the Co-Chair of the Municipal Court Committee.

Education is a pursuit that Daniel values, and he has taught as an adjunct-professor at Temple University's Beasley School of Law for the past 15 years. The past 4 years there have featured him as the teacher for the Advanced Trial Advocacy Course. In addition, he has created, chaired, or been a panel member of 8 continuing education courses in Philadelphia on legal matters ranging from mitigation in homicide cases to defending narcotics cases. He has lectured three times at the national NORML convention and twice before sections of the Bucks County Bar Association.

The topic of "Life after Law School" that he spoke on at his alma mater, Brandeis School of Law, has been met with much acclaim and presented in modified versions at other law schools. He has also spoken numerous times on TV's CV-8 as a legal expert. Super Lawyers has recognized him a majority of years, and he is recognized as one of the "Deans" of Criminal Law. Daniel continues to represent his clients in Philadelphia while sharing his knowledge of criminal justice and what it means to be a defense attorney with lawyers across the nation.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury (100%)
Criminal Defense (60%)
Marijuana Law (10%)
Federal Crimes (10%)
Drug Crimes (10%)
White Collar Crime (10%)
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Bar Licenses

Pennsylvania State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Work Experience

Alva & Associates

LaCheen and Alva

Philadelphia District Court's Narcotics Unit

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Brandeis School of Law


Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee

Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers

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Daniel-Paul Paul Alva
Alva & Associates
1601 Market St Suite 1001
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Office: 215-665-1695
Fax: 215-665-0183

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Daniel-Paul Paul Alva - PA attorney information with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania - Find more information about Daniel-Paul Paul Alva on The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania website including status and disciplinary history.

Nonprofit Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.

Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -

PACDL serves to protect the rights of the accused by supporting and educating criminal defense lawyers.