About Attorney

Maria A. Albanese

About Attorney Maria A. Albanese

Maria A. Albanese graduated at the top of her law school class with honors and began her career as an Assistant State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County, Florida. She was first assigned to the Circuit Court Juvenile Division, where she handled a large caseload of misdemeanor and felony cases. A significant number of these cases included serious offenses, such as felony drug charges, weapons charges, theft charges, and violent felonies.

After Juvenile, Attorney Albanese moved to the County Court Misdemeanor Division. There, she handled a high volume of criminal cases, including criminal traffic cases such as DUI and DUS, and other offenses such as assault, battery, criminal mischief and possession of marijuana. While in the County Court Division, she was soon promoted to Lead Prosecutor. As Lead Attorney, she managed a staff of other attorneys and support personnel in a division handling more than five hundred open criminal cases. 

Former Felony Prosecutor

Attorney Albanese was then promoted to the Circuit Court Felony Division. There she handled various serious criminal offenses, including felony drug possession and trafficking, weapons charges, grand theft charges, and violent felonies. During her time as a state attorney, she successfully argued and litigated numerous motion hearings, many of which centered on complex legal issues. She handled more than 30 jury and non-jury trials for charges ranging from misdemeanors and DUI to serious felonies, such as robbery, burglary, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


Quality, Affordable Criminal and Traffic Defense

Ms. Albanese gained vast experience both in and out of the courtroom, and she brings that experience to the table in her practice of criminal defense. In 2015, she decided to pursue a career in the private sector for criminal and traffic defense. She launched her private practice in 2016. As a Criminal Defense Attorney, Ms. Albanese has obtained outstanding results for clients facing misdemeanor, felony, juvenile, criminal traffic, and traffic infraction charges.

Top-Rated Criminal Defense

Her record speaks for itself. She is highly rated and well respected in her field, and has built her practice on the belief that top-quality representation should be affordable. Outstanding results at a fair price are the hallmark of her practice.

Attorney Albanese is an experienced, skilled, and dedicated trial attorney. She is no stranger to the courtroom. Ms. Albanese has the experience and skill set necessary to effectively handle complex legal issues. She is committed to the fight, and works tirelessly in the pursuit to protect and preserve your rights.

Notable Awards and Accolades

  • Lawyers of Distinction “Top 10% Award 2017”
  • National Criminal Justice Honor Society: Chapter Alpha Phi Sigma
  • JD, NSU College of Law, Cum Laude
  • NSU College of Law “Book Award 2012” Criminal Law Clinic
  • NSU College of Law “Book Award 2011” Animal Law Legislation
  • BA, FAU Criminal Justice, and Criminology, Summa Cum Laude
  • William J Bopp Award for Academic Excellence in Criminology


  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016-present
  • Palm Beach County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016-present
  • Palm Beach County Bar, 2012-present
  • Florida Bar Member, 2012-present
  • NSU Student Animal Legal Defense Fund: SALDF, 2011-2012