Dennis J. Nave

“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” –Theodore Roosevelt
About Dennis

Syracuse criminal defense attorney, Dennis Nave, has earned a reputation in the legal community as an aggressive and talented advocate for his clients. Those charged with DWI, Traffic, Criminal Charges, and License Matters seek Attorney Nave out for legal counsel because of his deep criminal law experience and firsthand knowledge of New York State, criminal court procedures, and understanding of New York States Department of Motor Vehicle rules and regulations.

Once Attorney Nave graduated Syracuse Law, he was determined to stay in Central New York and become one of the area's best criminal defense attorneys. Along his path, Dennis gained experience with the NYS Attorney General Office, Onondaga County District Attorney's office, and the largest DWI Defense firm at the time, Anelli Xavier.

He approaches each of his client's cases as unique and each person as his equal, always going the extra mile to ensure his clients are fully educated on their case and knowing they are receiving the best quality representation. He provides 24-7 access to his clients, so when they are in need, Attorney Nave is available.

Mr. Nave is currently the founding and managing partner for Nave Law Firm, located in Syracuse, NY.  Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Dennis is devoted to staying in and serving his local community. He is a member of the Onondaga County Bar Association, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National College of DUI Defense.

Attorney Nave has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, a third-party rating service, as a Top Rated DWI Lawyer. Also, he has been received recognition as a Super Lawyer's prestigious rising star list, which recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.

Mr. Nave enjoys presenting and lecturing on DWI, Criminal Defense, and defensive driving. He has done so with the Madison County Tavern Association, the Onondaga County Water Authority, underclassman in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, and for the Onondaga County Bar Association.

Why Do I Do What I Do?

I firmly believe anyone charged with a crime by the government deserves to have their rights protected. Being charged with a crime is very frightening for most people, and it is my job to help alleviate some of that worry. I take pride in offering the best possible service to my clients and work diligently to help resolve their cases.

Area of Focus

Traffic Offenses

Criminal Defense


License Matters

2nd Amendment

Trial Litigation

Bar Admission
Honors & Awards
Contact Information
Fun Facts


Juris Doctor – Syracuse University College of Law

Master in Public Administration – Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Studies – Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

Bachelor of Arts – University of Rochester


The State Bar of New York

United States District Court – Northern District of New York


Super Lawyers Rising Stars


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