Elissa Heinrichs

Elissa Heinrichs

Criminal Defense Attorney and Skilled Litigator

94 Richboro Road
Newtown, PA 18940

Phone: 215.860.5860
Fax: 215.860.6062



    Elissa B. Heinrichs practices criminal defense throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. She is a skilled litigator who is known for her aggressive, thorough and creative advocacy in criminal jury trials. Elissa’s experience, her familiarity with the criminal justice system and her commitment to the needs of her clients have contributed to her reputation for achieving dismissals, reduced charges and verdicts of acquittal.

    Criminal Practice

    • Drug offenses
    • Aggravated Assault
    • Domestic Violence
    • Robbery
    • Weapon Possessions
    • DUI
    • Burglary/theft
    • Traffic violations
    • Post-conviction matters
    • Identity Theft/fraud
    • Parole/Probation violations
    • Juvenile offenses
    • Criminal Forfeiture
    • Pardons/Expungement

    Other Areas of Practice

    Dependency Matters
    Represents parents whose children have been removed from their custody by County Social Services due to allegations of abuse or neglect. She is familiar with the range of programs available to adults who need drug and alcohol treatment, mental health services, parenting classes and housing assistance. Successful completion of these programs has led to the reunifications of many of her clients’ families.

    Administrative Matters
    Represents professionals who are subject to discipline by a state licensing agency because of a criminal conviction.

    Represents corporations and individual who are seeking to obtain or renew a Private Detective License.

    Prior Experience

    Associate, Mellon, Webster & Shelly, 2006-2010
    Assistant District Attorney, Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, 2004-2006
    Legislative Counsel, New York City Comptroller’s Office, 2002-2004
    Law Clerk, Hon. Wayne Saitta, Kings County Supreme Court, Criminal Division, 2001
    Campaign Manager, New York City Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D-Brooklyn), 2001
    Legislative Counsel, Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez (D-Brooklyn), 1998-2000


    The University of Texas School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1998
    Mount Holyoke College, Bachelor of Arts, 1994


    State of New York, 2000
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2004
    United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2007
    United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2008


    Bucks County Bar Association

    • Board of Directors, 2008-present
    • Chair, Bench Bar Planning Committee, 2011
    • Chair, Race Judicata 5K Subcommittee, 2008 — present
    • Member, Criminal Law Section, 2006-present
    • Member, Pro Bono Committee, 2006-present
    • Chair, Pro Bono Committee, 2009

    National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

    • Indigent Defense Committee, 2009 — present
    • Diversity Task Force, 2010 — present

    Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Pennsylvania Bar Association


    Pennsylvania Rising Star, Thompson Reuters and Pennsylvania Magazine, 2010
    Arthur B. Walsh, Jr. Pro Bono Publico Award, Bucks County Bar Association, 2008
    National Member of the Order of Barristers, 1998

    Teaching Positions / Continuing Education

    She has been a frequent course planner of continuing legal education seminars on criminal defense topics sponsored by the Bucks County Bar Association.

    She was a Panelist on the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s sponsored seminar, Driving After Imbibing.

    She was the co-developer of the course, Law & Responsibility, which she teaches to at-risk youth who are under the supervision of the Bucks County Juvenile Probation Department.