Splitting her time between Charlotte and Greensboro, Tanisha Palvia represents individuals and organizations facing governmental investigations, white-collar criminal charges, and civil litigation. She is particularly successful in conducting internal investigations given her experience as a former Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. She is also well-versed in civil and criminal proceedings and has extensive bench and jury trial experience. 

My Practices

  • Tanisha works with clients conducting internal investigations in response to civil litigation or governmental inquiry. She draws upon nearly a decade of experience conducting investigations, which includes reviewing thousands of documents per case and interviewing thousands of witnesses of all ages and backgrounds, including law enforcement officers of all ranks. Tanisha has investigated a wide range of issues, including sexual harassment claims, discrimination claims, and claims of financial malfeasance.

    Tanisha has particular experience with investigating claims of sexual abuse and violent crimes and uses that experience to help employers in a wide range of industries navigate the complex and sensitive issues related to these claims.

  • A former New York Assistant District Attorney, Tanisha has significant experience on both sides of the courtroom. She brings a unique understanding of the prosecutorial process to bear for clients, whom she defends against a myriad of white-collar criminal charges. Tanisha also represents individuals and organizations facing governmental investigations and administrative hearings, using her experience as a prosecutor to inform her strategies for advising clients in how to respond to achieve the best possible outcome.

  • Tanisha also represents individuals and businesses in civil matters at the state and federal level.  She has particular interest in civil matters with criminal law overlap. 


Internal Investigations:

  • On behalf of small business, investigated internal business processes and developed compliance policy to protect business from federal allegations of selling stolen products. No charges have been filed.
  • On behalf of school system, investigated allegations of sexual conduct between teachers and students.
  • On behalf of medical practice, investigated claims of harassment and discrimination by employees against other employees.
  • On behalf of high net worth individual, investigated undue influence exerted by individual’s spouse to gain control of individual’s assets.
  • On behalf of dental practice, investigated allegations by DOJ of Medicaid fraud.
  • On behalf of bank, aided in responding to DOJ subpoena for records.

Civil Litigation

  • Defending a private university in a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Representing the estate of an individual in the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Filing a lawsuit against the spouse of a high net worth individual for undue influence, fraud, and conversion of the individual’s assets.
  • Representing a tenant who was unlawfully evicted from her apartment, resulting in a favorable settlement after a successful jury verdict for client.



Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert N. Hunter, Jr., North Carolina Court of Appeals, 2011-2012


Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2011, Emory Moot Court Society; Director of Student Legal Services; Pro-Bono Publico Award

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2008, Robertson Scholar; Staff Writer, The Daily Tar Heel


New York

North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina



Professional & Civic

Professional & Civic Activities

Board of Directors, Charlotte Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2021-present)

Member, Women's White Collar Defense Association

Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Mecklenburg Bar Association

Volunteer, North Carolina Bar Foundation and Legal Aid of North Carolina's Lawyer on the Line Program

About Me

While I was a prosecutor, I had the good fortune to take a class called “Inside Criminal Justice” by the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College with other prosecutors from the Manhattan D.A.’s Office and numerous incarcerated individuals. Together, my classmates and I engaged in complicated discussions about the criminal justice system, including its flaws, and authored joint policy proposals to help improve that system. I walked out of that class with a deep desire to help those affected by that system and am happy to report that I am now doing just that. While that is not all I do, even conducting internal and governmental investigations allows me to help others avoid the consequences of the criminal justice system. And my experiences with these types of cases, including in the courtroom—where I love to be, help me excel at civil litigation as well.

Apart from work, I love spending time with my family.  Whether we have impromptu dance parties in the living room, are baking a cake, or are out discovering a new hiking trail, I enjoy creating memories with them. We are so happy to have left the hustle and bustle of NYC and to be back home in NC, closer to all the grandparents too. Now if only I could get my kid to sleep at night…

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    158 viewings of "Back to the Future"
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