Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney Hope C. Lefeber

Phone: (610) 668-7927
Fax: (610) 668-7929

Philadelphia attorney Hope Lefeber is an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who brings more than three decades of experience in federal criminal defense matters to work in vigorously defending her clients against the government. Ms. Lefeber has a national reputation as one of the top federal criminal defense lawyers. She has been consistently honored as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Ms. Lefeber represents individuals and corporations accused of most federal offenses, including mail and wire fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, securities violations, conspiracy, racketeering, Internet crimes and drug offenses. She also handles federal appeals. Her clients include lawyers, doctors, Fortune 500 company executives, professors, businessmen and women, securities traders, educators, corporations and people from all walks of life who have been charged or investigated by the government.

As a former enforcement attorney with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Ms. Lefeber knows how to prepare the best defense and leaves no stone unturned in fighting for her clients’ constitutional rights at every stage of the case. She has won numerous acquittals in federal court because of her unique approach and strategy. She has a reputation for achieving the best results and personally handles every case from start to finish. She prides herself on her intense preparation, her strong courtroom presence and her vast knowledge of federal criminal law. She works tirelessly for her clients and is always accessible to them.

Over thirty years of practicing federal criminal law, Ms. Lefeber has developed trust and respect amongst prosecutors, Judges and the criminal bar. These relationships enable her to navigate through the difficult path of a federal criminal case to achieve the best results for her clients.

Ms. Lefeber is experienced in defending cases under investigation by numerous agencies, including:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • United States Postal Inspection Service (USPS)
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania

Ms. Lefeber has published multiple legal articles, lectures on federal criminal law, and has offered her insight on television news programs.


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, J.D. – Camden, New Jersey, 1979
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Honors Economics, Magna Cum Laude – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1976

Honors and Associations

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1979
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1979



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