Local Counsel
Phone: (305) 928-8505

Joseph E. Nascimento is a frequently featured Miami federal criminal defense attorney. His practice focuses on high-stakes federal investigations, typically involving the FBI, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the IRS, DEA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Miami Federal Lawyer. Mr. Nascimento routinely handles complex federal investigations with a particular focus on Medicare Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Kickback allegations, federal Healthcare Fraud, Wire Fraud, Asset Forfeiture, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Money Laundering, Bribery, Drug Trafficking, RICO, and the representation of victim corporations/individuals in federal courts in their attempts to collect restitution. Representing clients in all stages of a case, Mr. Nascimento has over and over convinced U.S. Justice Department prosecutors not to file charges against his clients.

Miami Trial and Appeals Attorney. When surrendering a professional license or giving up freedom is not an option, clients approach Mr. Nascimento to seek his powerfully demonstrated trial expertise. An avid believer in the American jury system, Mr. Nascimento has tried dozens of cases, state and federal, to verdict and thereby obtained “Not Guilty” outcomes in some of the most challenging prosecutions. Mr. Nascimento also focuses on appellate work at the both federal and state levels and post-conviction motions based on newly discovered evidence and ineffective assistance of counsel claims.

Media Recognition. Mr. Nascimento’s most recent appellate victory in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was lauded by law.com as a “smack down” to the Government, freeing his client from a 12 year sentence based on insufficiency of evidence. Mr. Nascimento’s performance in a 4-month trial, which resulted in saving his client from the death penalty, is featured in a multi-part Netflix documentary.

Mr. Nascimento is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. He is licensed to practice in the state of Florida, as well as the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.


  • University of Miami (Juris Doctor)

Bar Admissions

          • Florida
          • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
          • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
          • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
          • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
          • Supreme Court of the United States

          Mr. Nascimento is partner at Ross Amsel Raben Nascimento