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Rebecca Monck Ricigliano


Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, an accomplished litigator and former federal prosecutor, is the co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group and a member of the firm’s Financial Services and Investigations practices. Rebecca is an experienced trial and investigations lawyer, serving nearly a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and then as the First Assistant Attorney General of New Jersey. Rebecca is regarded as a leading white collar attorney by Chambers USA, and is called on by both individuals and companies to handle sensitive criminal allegations and regulatory investigations, including those with international elements. Chambers describes her as "a tremendous lawyer who has extensive relationships with the government" and "an excellent lawyer."

Rebecca assists individuals and corporations facing grand jury and regulatory investigations and related enforcement, including criminal trials. Rebecca also conducts internal investigations for foreign and domestic clients, including Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, technology, transportation, government contracting, and defense sectors. Rebecca defends clients in matters conducted by the Department of Justice’s Criminal and Antitrust Divisions, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, state attorneys general offices, and other federal and state regulators. Rebecca also regularly counsels clients on remedial measures and on the development and updates of corporate compliance programs and other corporate policies. She also provides training for clients and their employees.

In addition to her Chambers USA ranking, Rebecca has received other accolades, including recognition as an inaugural Northeast Trailblazer by The American Lawyer, by Crain’s New York Business as a "Notable Woman in the Law" in 2020, and by Best Lawyers in America in 2021.

Government Service

Prior to joining Crowell, Rebecca served nearly ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the SDNY, where she tried numerous cases and briefed and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. During her tenure, Rebecca was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and held various supervisory positions, including Chief of the Narcotics Unit and Senior Trial Counsel in the Public Corruption Unit. Among her most high-profile cases, Rebecca successfully tried a complex accounting and securities fraud case against the former CEO and CFO of a major drug store chain. She also led investigations and prosecutions involving foreign terrorist organizations for material support and hostage taking and high-ranking cartel members for narcotics and complex money laundering offenses. Rebecca led a significant Medicaid fraud investigation and prosecution of 49 then-current and former Russian diplomats, and investigated campaign financing violations related to a U.S. Senate race. She has been recognized by her colleagues for her efforts, receiving the Federal Drug Agents Foundation True American Hero Award and the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Investigations Award for Excellence.

As First Assistant Attorney General of New Jersey, Rebecca supervised complex criminal investigations and prosecutions and affirmative Consumer Fraud and False Claims Act cases. She regularly provided strategic legal and policy counsel to the Attorney General and the Division of Consumer Affairs, the Division of Criminal Justice, and the New Jersey State Police, and worked collaboratively with the Office of Law Enforcement and Professional Standards.

Prior to her government service, Rebecca was an associate at one of New York’s leading white-collar criminal defense law firms, where she was a member of the defense team that represented Martha Stewart at trial.


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. (1996) cum Laude
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, J.D. (1999) Publication Editor, Buffalo Law Review


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court
  • Federal Bar Council, Criminal Law Committee
  • Chair, Federal Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • New York City Bar Association, White Collar Crime Committee
  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • Women's White Collar Defense Association, New York City Chapter
  • National Organization of Italian American Women, Board of Directors
  • When There Are Nine Scholarship Project, Steering Committee Member

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White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement

Litigation & Trial

Anti-Money Laundering Investigations

Investigations: Government and Internal

Financial Services

False Claims Act Investigations

Securities Fraud and Financial Investigations

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Government Contracts Investigations

Labor and Employment Investigations

National Security

Supply Chain Management

State Attorneys General Practice

Monitorships and Independent Counsel

Financial Services Litigation and Disputes

Regulatory and Enforcement

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  • An individual investigated and charged in a high-profile criminal case with insider trading and false statements by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • A global energy technology company and international pharmaceutical company in a state inquiry into potential fraud in a tax incentives program.
  • A former hedge fund trader in connection with criminal investigation for securities fraud conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • A Fortune 500 company in an internal investigation into whistleblower allegations.
  • A senior healthcare executive in a diversion investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • An individual in an international insider trading investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • A government contractor in an internal investigation regarding employee conflict of interest allegations.
  • An international consulting firm in regulatory and inspector general inquiries.
  • Individuals in a PPE misbranding investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.
  • A high-net worth individual in an international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigation.
  • A former New York City government employee in public corruption criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • A major transportation provider as a victim in a grand jury investigation by the DOJ Fraud Section.
  • A Fortune 500 company in an OFAC investigation relating to Iranian sanctions compliance.
  • A foreign transportation provider in a criminal investigation involving sanctions compliance.
  • An employee of a major brand conglomerate in federal criminal investigation of alleged import violations.
  • A multinational government contractor in connection with an internal investigation regarding allegations of improper invoicing.
  • A global health care company in connection with FDA and federal grand jury investigation of alleged mislabeled products.
  • A foreign logistics company in connection with an internal investigation of alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
  • Corporations in connection with Environmental Protection Agency inquiries regarding adherence to Clean Air Act standards.
  • An international charitable organization in an internal investigation of allegations of employee embezzlement.
  • A foreign logistics company in connection with a cross-border smuggling investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
  • A national insurance corporation in connection with state grand jury investigation of salesperson for misleading practices.
  • An institution of higher education in connection with internal investigation and federal grand jury investigation regarding misuse of federal grant monies.
  • A Fortune 100 corporation on criminal and civil risk analyses for officers and directors regarding product distribution.
  • A manufacturing corporation in a domestic and international internal investigation concerning product liability.
DOJ's Definition For Extraordinary Cooperation 'Leaves a Little To Be Desired,' Lawyer Says Export Compliance Daily (March 9, 2023)
Press Coverage
"Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Heading, and Practical Steps to Implement Now: The DOJ’s Updated Corporate Criminal Enforcement Policies and What They Mean for Companies Today," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2023. (March 8, 2023). Presenters: Tiffany Wynn, Stephen M. Byers, Trina Fairley Barlow, Rebecca Monck Ricigliano
"Brady – How to Actually Get it All," ABA White Collar Crime 2023, Miami, Florida. (March 2, 2023). Speaker: Rebecca Monck Ricigliano.
"New Voluntary Self-Disclosure Policy for All United States Attorney’s Offices," White Collar Alert (February 24, 2023). Contacts: Agustin D. Orozco, Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, Daniel L. Zelenko, Glen G. McGorty, Kelly T. Currie, Isabella Michelle Ordorica
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Former Federal Prosecutors React To Changes In The DOJ Criminal Division’s Corporate Enforcement Policy," Compliance & Enforcement (January 20, 2023). Authors: Glen G. McGorty, Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, Lisa Nicole Umans, Rebecca Lennon Baskin, and LaTonya Sims.
"DOJ Further Incentivizes Companies to “Do the Right Thing” With Changes to Corporate Enforcement Policy," White Collar Alert (January 18, 2023). Contacts: Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, Thomas A. Hanusik, Lisa Nicole Umans, LaTonya Sims, Rebecca Lennon Baskin
Client Alert / Newsletter
"What Will the New Year Bring for Government Contractors?" Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2023. (January 12, 2023). Presenters: Crowell & Moring Government Contracts Group.
"Supreme Court Weighs Whether “Dual Purpose” Communications Are Privileged in In re Grand Jury," Tax Alert (January 11, 2023). Contacts: Carina C. Federico, S. Starling Marshall, Meshach Y. Rhoades, Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, Stephen J. McBrady, Peter Eyre
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Insider Trading Law 2022," Practising Law Institute, New York, NY. (October 13, 2022). Speaker: Rebecca Monck Ricigliano.
Crowell Snags Former Federal Prosecutor In California The Recorder (October 6, 2022)
Press Coverage

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