Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney Profiles
Attorney Blaine Jones (Owner)
Blaine Jones Law, LLC has worked for years on behalf of clients to help them obtain winning outcomes. As an experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Blaine Jones has handled every type of criminal case and every type of criminal charge. Our firm is dedicated to our clients and their needs in order to rectify whatever situation arises. We are confident that when a client retains our legal services, they are getting the most competent legal representation.
Attorney Jones' Schooling
Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, Attorney Jones achieved great success while pursuing various academic goals. In high school, he earned a full athletic scholarship to attend Howard University, a highly prestigious institution in Washington, D.C. While attending Howard University, he not only excelled in athletics by being named a two-time MVP and four year starter but, he also had a double major graduating with two different degrees. Attorney Jones was awarded the coveted Bison Scholar award. This award is earned by a select few scholarship athletes that achieve both academic and athletic excellence!
This was not enough for Mr. Jones, as he earned another scholarship this time for academics, to attend The Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California. A school known for having an exemplary litigation program giving students a solid understanding of the courtroom. During his time there, Mr. Jones earned himself a second academic scholarship and pursued his specialization in Litigation (courtroom practice). Attorney Jones gradauted from law school with distinction in Litigation!
He was so successful in the Litigation program that he was chosen to represent his law school at the American Trial Lawyers Association (A.T.L.A.) competition that takes place in Southern California. Additionally, he was selected by his professor to sit on the Moot Court. As a hard-working student, he was awarded this select honor after earning the highest grade in his class on a brief he had been working on the entire school year. Attorney Jones continues to remain highly dedicated to every case and situation he takes on; always striving to achieve the best possible results for his clients.
Training in Court
Mr. Jones firmly believed that practical experience coupled with theoretical teachings within the classroom would be most beneficial in helping his clients in his legal career. With that in mind, he applied and was selected for a highly coveted clerkship with the Honorable Judge Horace Wheatley. Judge Wheatley presided over a courtroom in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, California. While clerking with Judge Wheatley, Attorney Jones observed numerous serious civil cases and briefed various arguments and cases presented to the court by the practicing attorneys.
Once he had graduated from law school, he went on to work at a law firm in Pittsburgh, focusing on personal injury, bankruptcy and wrongful death cases. This gave him a better chance of learning how the court system worked, but yet he wanted to extend his practice to other areas of law. Attorney Jones wanted more trial experience and thus began working as a criminal defense lawyer in Pittsburgh. Since that time, Attorney Jones has represented over 10,000 clients. In the course of this representation, he has become extremely familiar not only with courtroom procedure, but also with courtroom strategies. He has
successfully conducted over 50 trials and thousands upon thousands of preliminary hearings. Additionally, Attorney Jones has represented a long list of high-profile clients appearing on numerous television talk shows.
Attorney Jones is a proud member of the Western Pennsylvania community. He is often asked to speak at various events as well as to local high school students. Attorney Jones is honored to have the opportunity to touch so many people's lives. Additionally, Attorney Jones is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
With a reputation as a hard-hitting and aggressive Pittsburgh criminal lawyer, Attorney Jones will not hesitate to fight for your rights and defend your case until the end. He has achieved numerous successful verdicts for past clients in both jury and non-jury trials. Highly experienced and diligent in his efforts on behalf of every case he takes on, clients can rest easier knowing that Attorney Jones will passionately strive to create a solid defense that will aim to diminish your charges or clear your accusations entirely.
Contact our Western Pa crimnal law firm today to speak with us about your particular situation and to schedule a consultation.
Attorney Al Burke
Before joining Blaine Jones Law, LLC, Attorney Almon Burke was a former Assistant United States Attorney for 23 years. Attorney Burke brings his vast knowledge and 23 years of experience as a federal prosecutor who concentrated much of his efforts in the areas of firearms and narcotics trafficking, while also prosecuting white collar crimes. Prior to his appointment to the United State Attorney's Office, Mr. Burke spent over two years as an Assistant District Attorney in Washington County Pennsylvania. His areas of criminal expertise include firearms, narcotics, bank robbery, theft, embezzlement, fraud, kidnapping, murder, assault, rape, forfeiture, DUI, juvenile delinquency, habeas corpus and appeals.
Attorney Nicole Nino
Prior to joining Blaine Jones Law, LLC, Attorney Nino handled hundreds of criminal prosecution cases while working for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. Attorney Nino also handled civil cases while practicing as a defense attorney with the firm of Marshall Dennehey, and property tax assessment cases on behalf of numerous municipalities acting in the capacity as an assistant solicitor.
Attorney Nino graduated summa cum laude from Washington & Jefferson College securing a job with the Pennsylvania State Senate. She subsequently attended Duquesne University, where she participated in a joint program to earn both her master's and legal degrees simultaneously. She received her juris doctor and her Master of Arts in health care and bio-ethics. Nicole completed her clinical residency at UPMC Mercy, where she worked with an ethics board to oversee many of the ethical and legal complications associated with the intensive care and cardiovascular intensive care units.
Through Duquesne University's Healthcare Ethics Graduate Program, Nicole has conducted multiple seminars and taught classes to graduate and undergraduate students, physicians and other medical staff at UPMC Mercy Hospital on issues related to bio-ethics, end of life, vaccination (legal and medical), medical research, applied medicine, insurance, malpractice and medical history.
Attorney Nino is HIPAA certified and versed in the legislation and its application. She is an active member of the Health Law Section, Civil Litigation Section and Young Lawyers Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and is a volunteer attorney for a local women's shelter.
Attorney Marwan E. Porter
Marwan Porter is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada where he attended Bishop Gorman High school. Marwan continued his matriculation at Howard University School of Business and graduated Summa Cum Laude in accounting. Due to his academic achievements, Marwan was inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society, The 4.0 Club and was named an Academic All American. While at Howard, Marwan played on the Division 1 soccer team and during his senior year, the team won the Mid Continent Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. Marwan then traveled to Europe where he played professional soccer in Holland.
After finishing his professional soccer career, Marwan attended Howard University School of Law where he sat on the Board of Trustees and fostered relationships with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Former CEO and Chairman of AOL Time Warner Richard Parsons, Actress Debbie Allen, Former Mayor Douglas Wilder, Actress Phylicia Rashad, Lawyer and Business Executive Vernon Jordan and many other prominent individuals.
Upon graduating from law school, Marwan was hired by one of the most prominent and successful lawyers in the country, Willie E. Gary. Marwan trained directly under his mentor for approximately 10 years and learned to develop, process and litigate multi-million dollar cases. While working as a law clerk at the Gary Law Firm, Marwan assisted the firm in securing a $139,000,000 trial verdict against Anheuser-Busch and as an Attorney was instrumental in representing hundreds of clients in the $800,000,000 mass tort and class action division against big tobacco. Marwan continues to work closely with Willie Gary, and acts as co-counsel in several Gary Law Firm cases. Marwan is a proficient litigator specializing in litigating wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, discrimination and business litigation cases, including tobacco litigation and complex contractual disputes. He is licensed to practice law in multiple states including Pennsylvania, Florida, New York and Washington, D.C. and works with several attorneys throughout the country to assist in funding and maximizing the value of their cases.
As a result of his legal success, in 2011 Marwan was named one of the top 40 lawyers in the country under 40 years old, and he was invited for membership into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum whose membership is limited to lawyers that have achieved verdicts or settlements in the amount of one million dollars or more. Marwan is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., The American Bar Association, National Bar Association, and the Florida Justice Association.