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Carissa is a former professional ballet dancer-turned lawyer who is licensed to practice law in New York, Washington D.C., and Florida. Aside from anchoring on the Law & Crime Network as a show host with Dan Abrams, you may have seen her on Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Fox News, CBS, CNN/HLN, NBC, Sirius radio and other major news media outlets as the Legal Expert.

Before founding her own law firm in order to be a caregiver for her ballet teacher-mentor, Carissa worked as a Prosecutor where she tried close to 100 cases, a litigation attorney at Greenberg Traurig, a law Clerk for the California Supreme Court, and legal counsel for a law clinic representing indigent clients, to name a few. Carissa now runs the Law Offices of Carissa Kranz, which is a law firm for injured clients. Carissa’s law firm also runs BevVeg International, which focuses on vegan certification for products and is considered the stamp of approval for conscious companies by Forbes, California Wine Advisor, PETA, CBS news, NBC news, Social Life Magazine, LiveKindly, Vegetarian Resource Group, and the Minnesota Growler, Drinkhacker, Bartender magazine, among others. 

Carissa was awarded: Top 40 Under 40 trial attorneys by ASLA; Martindale-Hubbell legal leader award with an AV Preeminent rating score; the AVVO Client’s Choice Award with a superb 10.0 rating, Super Lawyer — Rising Star (2018 – Present), among other awards. After graduating from the University of Florida’s School of Journalism, summa cum laude, where she served as an anchor for an Emmy winning newscast, Carissa attended UC Berkley School of Law. In law school, Carissa was as an Editor of Law Review and awarded Best Oral Advocate. After law school, Carissa earned her master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she was the Bloomberg Scholar and a Capitol Hill correspondent.

Carissa is a lifelong vegan, and believes empathy and compassion are what matters most. True to Carissa’s kind heart, Carissa came to the rescue for 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 ward room 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 into her sixth year of residing with Carissa. Carissa and Miss Joan also reside with another 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 is the 2019 keynote speaker for Alzheimer’s Community Care.

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Carissa is a lifelong vegan and animal rights advocate who cares for a blind cat, named Sugar. BevVeg as a law firm is a purpose driven profession that’s pro bono in its mission to keep costs down.

Percentage of BevVeg profits to benefit Farm Sanctuary and Mercy for Animals.
Sugar was going to be euthanized when Animal Control over medicated her, and blinded her. They said she was no longer adoptable. Carissa left the courthouse to rescue Sugar and bring her home.

Carissa's Caregiving Journey with Miss Joan & Alzheimer's

Keynote Speech for Alzheimer’s Luncheon, Palm Beach

Carissa Kranz invites Alzheimer's Ballet Mentor Home