Personal Commitment to Clients and Non-Traditional Approaches
Quite simply, Nina likes to save people. Right from the start, clients understand that Nina takes their cases as personally as they do.
Her presentations before U.S. Attorneys introduce new perspectives, compelling context and workable paths to resolution.
Advancing Criminal Defense Law
A prominent member of the criminal defense bar, Nina was recognized for more than 25 years of professional excellence as the recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2017 Charles English Award, the highest national award for work in the field of criminal justice.
Nina holds leadership roles on several ABA committees, including as a board member of the Criminal Justice Section Committee and as founder of the Women in White-Collar Subcommittee. In addition, Nina serves as the Appointed Chair of the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives, Central District of California.
A frequent media commentator, author and speaker, Nina has steered the conversation at numerous national and international conferences on white-collar crime and fraud. Her presentation topics range from international criminal investigations and public corruption to unconscious bias in expert testimony and regulatory issues related to virtual currencies.
Legal and Civic Leadership
Nina has championed women’s issues for more than two decades. She has helped change the gender composition of the ABA’s educational programming and spoken at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women’s Summit. At the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Women Leadership in the Law series, Nina interviewed Eileen Decker, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission.
Nina is the founder of the Criminal Defense Law Section of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) and of the Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s White-Collar Defense Association (WWCDA). In addition, Nina serves on the board of directors of C5LA, which focuses on creating a path to college for underserved youth.
The Los Angeles Daily Journal and Los Angeles Business Journal have repeatedly recognized Nina for her influence and impact on the legal profession, and she is included among Best Lawyers’ top practitioners in white-collar criminal defense.
In 2016, the Los Angeles Daily Journal recognized Ms. Marino as one of the top 100 women lawyers in California. In 2015, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Ms. Marino by one of the most influential lawyers in the field of white-collar and cybercrime in Los Angeles. Since 2004, Ms. Marino has been voted by her peers as a Southern California Super Lawyer and a Top Woman Lawyer.
Areas of Practice
- White-Collar Defense
- Public Corruption
- International Extradition
- Tax Fraud
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- California, 1989
- U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1990
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1990
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1990
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1990
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1990
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
- University of LaVerne School of Law, California, JD 1989
- University of Miami, Florida, BA 1985
- University of London, England, 1984-86
Recent Awards and Recognitions
- Los Angeles Business Journal Women’s Leadership Awards – 2020
- California Lawyers Association Solo and Small Firm Section ‘Excellence in Practice’ – 2020
- Los Angeles Business Journal ‘Top Women Attorneys’ – 2020
- International Advisory Expert – White-Collar Crime Law Award – 2020
- The National Law Journal list of ‘Elite Boutique Trailblazers’ -2019
- Los Angeles Business Journal ‘Leaders in Law’ – 2019
- ‘Best Lawyers in America’ 2019 to Present
- LA Biz Journals ‘Women of Influence’ – 2019
- Daily Journal ‘Top Woman Lawyer’ – 2018
- Los Angeles Business Journal ‘Most Influential Women Attorneys’ – 2018
- Charles English Award, American Bar Association – 2017
- Daily Journal ‘Top Women Attorneys’ – 2016
- Southern California Super Lawyers 2016 – Present
- Los Angeles Business Journal ‘Most Influential Lawyer’ – 2015
- “The Dark Net, Cryptocurrency & Money Laundering” NACDL Defending Modern Drug Cases Seminar, Virtual
- “2020 Vision: L.A.’s Top Women Judges Preview the Litigation Landscape and Discuss the Characteristics of Power Litigators for the New Decade” WLALA 25th Annual Litigators Forum, Los Angeles, CA
“Unique Issues in Representing Individuals” NACDL West Coast White-Collar Crime Conference, Virtual
- “Through the Looking Glass: A Glimpse at International Criminal Enforcement In 2019,” ABA Southeastern White-Collar Crime Institute, Braselton, CA
- “The Explosion of Digital Currency and ICO Enforcement Actions – The Current Landscaper and What the Future Holds,” ABA National Institute on White-Collar Crime, New Orleans, LA
- ” Protecting Your Business Against Cyber Threats, Understanding Cryptocurrency and More”, Thompson Coburn LLC, Beverly Hills, CA
- “A View From The Trenches,” Women’s White-Collar Defense Association (WWCDA), Chicago, Ill
- “Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and the White-Collar Lawyer,” ABA National Institute on White-Collar Crime, San Diego, CA
- Preparing Witnesses to Testify,” ABA Tax Section, Midyear Meeting, San Diego, CA
- “Defending Compounding Pharmacy Enforcement Actions,” ABA Criminal Justice Section Midyear Meeting, Vancouver, BC
- “What Does Real Perseverance Look Like?,” LA Business Journal Women’s Summit, Beverly Hills, CA
- “A New World Order? Predicting the White-Collar Enforcement Priorities of the New Administration,” NACDL 7th Annual West Coast White-Collar Conference, Santa Monica, CA
- “Women Leadership in Law,” Daily Journal Professional Education, Beverly Hills, CA
- “Closing Remarks,” ABA Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency National Institute, New York, NY
- “When it’s Too Good to be True: Identifying Fraudulent Investments in the New Age of Deregulation,” Lido Consulting 12th Annual Family Office Symposium, Santa Monica, CA
- “International Bribery” and “International Storytellers Told by Women Leaders in Government,” 31st Annual National Institute on White-Collar Crime, Miami, FL
- “Closing Remarks,” American Bar Association Fifth International White-Collar Crime Institute, London, UK
- “Defending High Risk Cases: The Cases Get Bigger and the Risks Get Worse,” ABA National Institute on White-Collar Crime, San Diego, CA
- “Women Leaders in Criminal Justice,” WLALA, Los Angeles, CA
- “Closing Remarks,” ABA, 2016 Digital Currency and Block Chain Technology National Institute, Washington, DC
- “Advising Corporate Clients on International Criminal & Regulatory Investigations,” IIA-ACFE Fall Fraud Conference, Los Angeles, CA
- “Advising Corporate Clients on International Criminal and Regulatory Investigations FCPA Enforcement and Internal Compliance Programs,” CalCPA Forensic Services Joint Meeting, Los Angeles, CA
- “Unconscious Bias and Women Experts – Are We Placing Our Clients at A Disadvantage?” and “Crisis Management and Litigation,” ABA Fourth International White-Collar Crime Institute, London, UK
- “Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currencies: Emerging Issues in Regulations and Enforcement,” ABA National Institute, Washington, DC
- “The Public Trust: Defending Public Corruption Cases,” NACDL, Fifth Annual West Coast White-Collar Conference, San Diego, CA
- “Bitcoin or Bit Player? SEC and State Regulators Weigh In,” ABA, Ninth Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud, New Orleans, LA
- “Up In Smoke: The Tax Consequences of the Legalization of Marijuana,” ABA Live Webinar
- “Criminal Prosecutions & Investigations: A Comparison of Enforcement Mechanisms, The Use of Investigative Agencies and Cross Border Evidence Sharing,” ABA International White-Collar Crime Institute, London, UK
- “What Your Clients Don’t Know Can Hurt Them; Hidden Legal Issues for Companies Expanding Internationally,” WLALA, Beverly Hills, CA
- “Women in White-Collar in Today’s Global Corporate Community,” ABA National Institute on White-Collar Crime, Miami, FL
- “Virtual Currencies: Bitcoin and the New Currency in Criminal Enterprise,” ABA Criminal Justice Section, Chicago, IL
- Class of 2018, CSLA, SCU, Northridge, CA
- Class of 2014, Westwood College, Los Angeles, CA
(Additional presentations available on request)
- The blame game: opioid litigation in America, The Daily Journal, October 7, 2020
- Change is Coming, The Daily Journal, June 5, 2020
- Defending Against International Extradition from the United States, The Champion, Fall 2019
- “The Dark Side of Bitcoin,” Los Angeles Lawyer, Fall 2018
- “Wanted By Interpol,” Author, ABA Criminal Justice Magazine, Fall 2015
- “The Accidental Defendant,” Author, Los Angeles Lawyer, March 2015
- “Criminal Defense in a Small Firm Setting,” Co-Author (with Richard Kaplan), Careers in Criminal Law, Ellen Brotman, 2010
- “Defending International Extraditions,” Co-Author, ABA, Criminal Justice Magazine, Winter Issue, 2008
- The Small Firm Lawyer
- Orange Is The New Black: InStyle To Inmate
Professional Associations and Memberships
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
Lawyer Representative Co-Chair, 2015 – 2019; 2003 – 2006.
United States District Court, Central District of California Standing Committee on Discipline
Section Chair, 2012 – 2018.
American Bar Association
Council Member, ABA Criminal Justice Section (second term) 2019-Present; Board Member, Criminal Justice Section Standards Committee 2017 – Present; SOC Liaison, ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education 2016 – 2017; Founder and Co-Chair, Women in White-Collar Subcommittee 2013 – Present; Director CLE, Criminal Justice Section 2012 – Present; Director, Communication, Membership and Services 2012 – 2019; Vice Chair Criminal Justice Section Counsel 2009 – 2011; Council Member, ABA Criminal Justice Section 2005 – 2008; Co-Chair, Solo and Small Firm Committee 2007 – 2008; Co-Chair, Defense Function Committee 2001 – 2002; U.S. Attorney Liaison, White-Collar Crime Committee, West Coast Chapter 2000 – 2001.
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
Founder and Chairperson, Criminal Defense Law Section 1997 – Present; Board of Governors 1996 – Present.
Women’s White-Collar Defense Association
Founder and City Leader, Los Angeles, 2013 – Present.
C5LA, College In Five
Board of Directors, , Los Angeles 2015 – Present.
Select Representative Matters Over the Past Year
Business Owner Accused of Grand Theft – Case Dismissed
A businessman was accused of being in a conspiracy with his supplier’s employee to deprive the owner of the company from sales revenue. After an examination of the books and records of the company through subpoena power, Nina achieved the dismissal of all 54 felony counts of grand theft against her client in Orange County Superior Court.
Bribery Allegations Against Business Owner – Diversion Granted
Our client, a successful Los Angeles businessman, was accused of attempting to bribe an IRS auditor and making false statements to the investigators. He was charged with 2 federal felonies. The presentation to the United States Attorney’s Office focused on the equities involved and procedural flaws in the investigation, which resulted in an agreement that caused the cessation of the criminal case. Diversion was granted in federal court.
Paralegal Faced With Bank Fraud Charges – Probation Granted
The case involved a client who is employed by a law office and was charged in federal court with multiple counts of bank fraud. The legal briefing to the court and argument at sentencing resulted in a sentence of probation despite the recommended sentence of 21 to 27 months and government argument for 21 months.
Mother Accused of Grand Theft Charges – Bail Granted
Our client, a 41-year-old woman and mother of a young child, was held in custody pending trial. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office opposed bail based on a $1.8M theft and filed a hold requiring proof of the source of the bail funds. Nina prepared extensive supporting documentation and called witnesses at the hearing. At the conclusion of the hearing, the client was released from custody.
Money Laundering and Insurance Fraud Accusations Against a Bookkeeper – Case Dismissed
All counts in a 3-felony-count complaint against a 55-year-old bookkeeper were dismissed; one as violative of the statute of limitations and two dismissed after preliminary hearing for insufficiency of the evidence.