Danielle Giffuni


Danielle Giffuni is counsel in Crowell & Moring's New York office and a member of the firm's White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group. Her white collar practice focuses on representing individuals, multinational companies, and global financial institutions in criminal and regulatory investigations by federal, state, and local regulators, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Federal Reserve, New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and State Attorneys General (AG). In particular, Danielle has experience in defending allegations of market manipulation, securities fraud, money laundering, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations. She also provides compliance counseling to clients on U.S. economic sanctions, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations, and anti-corruption/anti-bribery laws and regulations. Danielle maintains an active pro bono practice, representing indigent clients facing criminal prosecution.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Danielle was a senior associate in the Financial Crimes Unit at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In addition to her time at PwC, Danielle served as an assistant district attorney in the Frauds Bureau at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.

Representative Engagements

  • Defended a former chief AML/BSA Compliance Officer of a national financial institution in connection with an SDNY criminal investigation and civil enforcement action into alleged violations of the BSA. 
  • Defended a senior-level trader at an international financial institution in connection with a CFTC investigation of alleged market manipulation and fraud regarding swaps related to bond issuances. 
  • Represented a SaaS start-up company, its officers, and directors in connection with an SEC fraud investigation resulting from a whistleblower complaint. 
  • Represented a New York-based health system in connection with a District Attorney of New York (DANY) investigation into the nursing home’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Represented a pool of current and former international bank employees in connection with inquiries, investigations, and proceedings conducted by the EDNY, NYDFS, and New York AG related to the Bank Secrecy Act and AML compliance issues. 
  • Represented a former government employee in dual investigations by the DOJ Civil Division and Office of Inspector General of the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD OIG) for a possible conflict of interest violation relating to the client’s former government employment. 
  • Represented a pool of senior underwriting managers in connection with DOJ Civil Division False Claims Act (FCA) investigation into mortgagor’s origination and underwriting loan practices. 
  • Represented a national health plan in an AG and Department of Labor (DOL) investigation under State Executive Law and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • Represented a registered representative in a FINRA investigation regarding alleged misstatements. FINRA closed the investigation without filing an enforcement action. 
  • Represented registered investment advisor in connection with SEC enforcement investigation into supervisory and compliance practices. 
  • Represented an independent member of a board of directors in an investigation related to potential disclosure of non-public information. 
  • Represented an individual in an SDNY and SEC insider trading investigation.

Prior to law school, Danielle served as a paralegal specialist in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 2005 to 2007, as part of the office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.

Danielle graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science and received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Danielle is admitted to the New York State Bar and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.


Admitted to practice: New York

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Firm News & Announcements

January 2, 2020 Crowell & Moring Elects Eight New Partners and Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel and 26 to Counsel Positions
November 5, 2019 Global Investigations Review Names Crowell & Moring’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group to “GIR 100” Fifth Year in a Row