Managing Partner

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 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 in New York State.

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, the law firm that operates and is the legal oversight for the DWI GUY’s. Attorney Nave 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 presented and lectured on DWI, Criminal Defense, and defensive driving and 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 Criminal Defense?

“I firmly believe anyone charged with a crime by the government deserves to have their rights protected. Being pulled over and charged with a DWI or any other crime is a frightening situation and it is part of my job to help alleviate some of that worry.  I take pride in offering the best possible service to our clients and I will work diligently to help resolve their case.”


  • Student Bar Association Distinguished Service Award
  • Student Bar Association Outstanding Senator


  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association


Recent Presentation at Whitman School of Management