Carissa is a former professional ballet dancer-turned lawyer who is licensed to practice law in Florida, New York, and Washington D.C.
Carissa is also an awarded-Super Lawyer, and regular legal expert for major media networks like Fox, CNN/HLN, NBC, CBS, and shows like Nancy Grace and Dr. Drew. Carissa was also an anchor in New York City with Dan Abrams covering the country’s biggest court trials live for Law and Crime Network. Dan is best known for being the star of LIVE PD, ABC news Chief Legal Expert and Good Morning America anchor. Carissa is currently an anchor with award-winning news journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell, on Jane Unchained News Network for the Voiceless. There, Carissa has her own weekly show Laws that Matter: Veganism & Law! Carissa also co-hosted the Amazon Prime vegan cooking show New Day New Chef with Jane Velez-Mitchell, also available on public television stations throughout the country.
Carissa earned her law degree from U.C. Berkeley, where she was awarded Best Oral Advocate and served as an Editor of the California Law Review. Simultaneously, Carissa earned her Masters in Journalism from Medill at Northwestern University, as the Bloomberg Scholar. Before founding the Law Offices of Carissa Kranz to be an advocate and caregiver for her ballet mentor with Alzheimer’s, Carissa was a Florida Prosecutor, Greenberg Traurig litigation associate, and a law clerk for the California Supreme Court. As a prosecutor Carissa was lead counsel and tried close to 100 cases in front of a jury.
Carissa has provided legal services to thousands of clients and recovered millions of dollars for injured clients from the country’s biggest insurance companies. She also runs BeVeg International as a practice area for vegan rights and vegan law. BeVeg focuses on global vegan certification for products and services, and vegan labeling law. She is focused on defining a legal vegan standard, that provides the consumer with true truth and transparency in labeling laws. The BeVeg vegan symbol trademark is considered the vegan stamp of approval for conscious companies by Forbes, California Wine Advisor, PETA, CBS news, NBC news, Social Life Magazine, LiveKindly, Vegetarian Resource Group, VegNews, Veg World Magazine, among others. BeVeg is also used and endorsed by celebrity supermodel, Christie Brinkley, award-winning journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell, and Kip Andersen from What the Health documentary. BeVeg was also the chosen vegan certification symbol by JBS meat giant for their plant-based meat alternative line, Planterra Ozo foods.
Carissa is a lifelong vegan, and believes empathy and compassion are what matters most.
Consistent with Carissa’s passion for justice and compassion for others, Carissa Kranz and BeVeg takes on the representation and causes of injured people and animals globally. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Carissa filed a legal Petition for Rulemaking in New York to shut down and permanently ban all live “wet markets”, another term for local slaughterhouses. She also advocated against a global ban on Wet Markets echoing Congress’s sentiments to the World Health Organization. She did this pro bono for the animals and as pandemic prevention hygiene for humans.
True to Carissa’s kind heart, Carissa got her start when she came to the rescue of her ailing ballet teacher. In 2014, Carissa took over Power of Attorney, and rescued Miss Joan Miller, of the Palm Beach Ballet Center, out of a 1-star nursing facility, with no family and no advocate, in a wardroom with 5 beds, and a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s — and moved her into her home. Carissa used her skills of advocacy and writing to battle the medicaid system to bring dignity back to Miss Joan, who is still residing in the community with Carissa and caregivers, and with their other rescued roommate: Sugar, a sweet blind cat. Through it all, Carissa states Miss Joan is still her teacher. “Even though Miss Joan is losing her mind she’s still teaching me daily about mindfulness. Alzheimer’s patients teach us to live in the NOW, as that is the only moment they understand”. Carissa was the 2019 keynote speaker for the Annual Alzheimer’s Community Care luncheon on Palm Beach Island. Palm Beach Post — Extraordinary Lives of Local People.
Carissa lives her life morally en pointe. Motivated by principle and purpose, Carissa passionately takes on causes in pursuit of justice. Whether Carissa is advocating for an injured victim’s rights in court, articulating animal activism, or rescuing her ballet teacher, one thing is the same: Carissa uses her time on this planet to meaningfully give a voice to the voiceless.
- New York
- Washington D.C.
- Federal Bar – S.D of FL
- UC Berkeley School of Law, J.D.
- Northwestern University, Medill, M.S.J.
- University of Florida, B.S. (summa cum laude)
- Super Lawyer & Super Lawyer Rising Star
- Martindale-Hubbell — AV Preeminent rating
- AVVO 10 Superb Badge
- AVVO Client’s Choice Award
- Top Lawyer
- Top Florida Lawyer
- Legal Elite
- ASLA – Top 40 Under 40 trial Attorneys
- Moot Court — Best Oral Advocate
- California Law Review — Editor, UC Berkeley
- Bloomberg Scholar, Northwestern University
- News Reporter — Capitol Hill Correspondent
- CNN/HLN Legal Expert
- HLN Legal Contributor — Nancy Grace
- HLN Legal Analyst — Dr. Drew Show
- CBS Legal Expert Commentator
- FOX News Legal Expert Commentator
- Law & Crime Anchor — Dan Abrams
- Laws That Matter – Anchor
- Jane Unchained News Legal Analyst
- Amazon Prime Vegan Cooking show
- New Day New Chef
- Co-Host w/ Jane Velez-Mitchell