About NDS Harlem

NDS has been an innovative, cutting-edge legal service provider to the Harlem community since our inception in 1990. We offer the highest quality legal defense to the people of upper Manhattan.

NDS Harlem has a team of more than 100 civil and criminal attorneys, social workers, investigators, administrators, paralegals, and other professionals and deploys these resources in the aggressive defense of our clients. When our clients face collateral consequences with employment, schooling, or in family, housing, or immigration court, we strive to resolve those issues, either through direct representation or referrals to appropriate service providers.

We are a proud member of the Harlem community and have been for almost 30 years. Our offices are located in central Harlem and serve as a resource for the neighborhood. We engage in community education activities to ensure Harlem residents are aware of our services and to help them better understand how the criminal justice system operates.

Alice Fontier, Managing Director

Alice Fontier manages NDS Harlem.

Hours and Walk-Ins

Mon 8:45 AM – 5:45 PM
Tues 8:45 AM – 5:45 PM
Wed 8:45 AM – 5:45 PM
Thurs 8:45 AM – 5:45 PM
Fri 8:45 AM – 5:45 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

How to Reach NDS Harlem’s Office

We are located at the intersection of Lenox Avenue and 126th Street in Manhattan. Lenox Avenue is also referred to as Malcolm X Boulevard.

Our office is above the 125th Street stop on the 2 and 3 subway lines, and is also convenient to the M7, M60, M100, M101, and M102 bus lines.

Common Questions

Community residents are encouraged to call NDS at (212) 876-5500 or visit our office as soon as they, or a family member or friend, are arrested, or if they believe that law enforcement contact is likely.

NDS Harlem offers criminal defense services, as well as pre-arrest services, family defense, civil defense, immigration defense and a youth law program.

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