Donna Aldea Named to Crain’s New York Business Notable Women in Law List for 2021

Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, LLP, (BEKAL) a boutique criminal defense and civil rights firm with offices in New York City and on Long Island, today proudly announced that Donna Aldea, who heads the firm’s Appellate and Post-Conviction Litigation Group, has been named to the prestigious Crain’s New York Business 4th Annual List of New York’s Notable Women in Law.

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From the article in Crain’s New York Business:

Donna Aldea is a partner at the boutique law firm Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco as well as head of its post-conviction and appellate practice group, but that comes on the heels of her years (1999–2013) as an assistant district attorney in Queens County. Aldea bore various responsibilities in that role: senior appellate attorney, supervisor in the appeals bureau and, ultimately, the district attorney’s counsel for special litigation. Her professional trajectory has seen Aldea litigate hundreds of criminal appeals, federal habeas corpus cases and pretrial and post-conviction motions before judicial bodies as varied as the New York state Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Aldea also has served as co-counsel in homicide trials, for which she handles complex evidentiary matters.

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Ms. Aldea, a named partner at BEKAL, heads the firm’s Appellate and Post-Conviction Litigation Group. With over 20 years’ experience as an appellate attorney, Ms. Aldea has successfully litigated hundreds of cases at every level of state and federal practice, including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the federal District Courts, the New York State Court of Appeals, and the New York State Appellate Divisions. Her work has helped shape the landscape of New York and federal law on critical issues including the right to counsel, search and seizure, Brady and discovery, DNA evidence, and federal habeas corpus review, obtaining landmark decisions in each of these areas and frequently defining the cutting-edge of new legal developments. As a criminal defense attorney, she has obtained the reversal of numerous unjust convictions on constitutional, evidentiary, and actual-innocence grounds, and has the rare distinction of having two of her cases listed on the National Registry of Exonerations over the past three years. Ms. Aldea is also an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law and is a highly acclaimed and much sought-after speaker at continuing legal education seminars for the judiciary and the bar throughout the state.

Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, LLP is recognized throughout the nation as a leader in criminal defense, appellate, commercial litigation, personal injury, and civil rights issues. With more than 200 years of combined experience and a team of former prosecutors, public defenders and judges, BEKAL is uniquely capable of representing clients in an array of complex legal matters. The firm has offices in Manhattan, Garden City and Huntington, New York. Follow us on Twitter @barketepstein and LinkedIn.