Joseph Patrick LesniakMember
Joseph Lesniak has practiced law since 2003. Most of this time, Joe worked as an assistant district attorney for the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office. Over his career, Joe rose to the level of chief prosecutor of the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Division where he prosecuted hundreds of serious crimes.
Joe also served as the lead prosecutor for the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. In this position, he trained and mentored prosecutors on how to investigate and prosecute online child predator and child pornography cases.
Since founding our firm in 2012, Joe draws in his extensive experience to advocate for people facing serious criminal charges. When you work with our law firm, you will work with a lawyer who understands how prosecutors and law enforcement agents build cases. This experience is simply invaluable, and has led to many positive outcomes.
Joe is very active in his community: he is a member of the local Rotary club and was the Solicitor of Nether Providence Township, where he drafted ordinances and served the township in zoning and other issues. He recently received a Delaware County Bar Association Pro Bono Award for his child custody work, and is the former chairman of the Delaware County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board.
Joe also provides free campus workshops to inform college and university students about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, DUI and sexual assault, and about their related legal rights and obligations. He became a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 in 2014, and holds an Avvo rating of 10.0 (“Superb”).
Joseph Lesniak earned his Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Villanova University in 2000. He went onto receive his Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law in 2003. After law school Mr. Lesniak served in the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office for over nine years serving a majority of that time in the Special Victims Domestic Violence Division prosecuting hundreds of sexual assaults, child abuse and domestic violence cases. While in that division he served as the Chief and lead prosecutor for the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC), under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Taskforce investigates and prosecutes Internet exploitation and child pornography cases. Mr. Lesniak helped to create and teach the policies and techniques utilized across the Commonwealth which has lead to many successful prosecutions of child exploiters both state and federally.
While in the District Attorney’s Office Mr. Lesniak was responsible for the creation and presentation of many community outreach programs on important topics such as: Protection From Abuse Orders, Internet Safety, Prosecuting Kidnapping and Computer Based Crimes, Bullying, Cyber-bullying, School Safety and Custody Issues. He has presented both locally and nationally for such organizations as the National District Attorney’s Association, U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse.
Mr. Lesniak also served as the Nether Providence Township Solicitor for over two years. In that position he drafted numerous ordinances, represented the Township on several complex zoning issues and developed sound policies. He was integral in drafting a new comprehensive Civil Service Ordinance that brought the Township in compliance with state mandates while ensuring fairness in the process of selecting competent police officers.
Mr. Lesniak is an adjunct professor of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University, served as the chairman of the Delaware County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board and on the Board of the Delaware County Bar Association.