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Government Experience

  • New Jersey—First Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General
  • Department of Justice: United States Attorney's Office—Southern District of New York: Deputy Chief; Chief of the Narcotics Unit; Senior Trial Counsel, Public Corruption Unit


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. (1996)
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, J.D. (1999) publication editor of the Buffalo Law Review


  • New Jersey
  • New York

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Rebecca Monck Ricigliano

 Partner New York
Phone: +1 212.895.4268
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Rebecca Monck Ricigliano is a partner in the White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement Group in the New York office. She is an experienced trial lawyer, having held numerous roles at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), and most recently serving as the First Assistant Attorney General of New Jersey, the second-highest ranking law enforcement officer in the state. Rebecca has represented individual and corporate entities in connection with federal and state criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, internal investigations, and litigation. Bringing her extensive federal and state government experience to the firm, she advises clients on anticipating and mitigating risk and legal exposure in federal and state criminal, civil, administrative, and regulatory matters.

In overseeing the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Rebecca assisted in the management of more than 7,000 employees, 14 divisions, and a budget of nearly half a billion dollars. She supervised complex criminal investigations and prosecutions, as well as affirmative Consumer Fraud and False Claims Act cases, and provided strategic legal and policy counsel to the Department’s Division of Consumer Affairs, Division of Criminal Justice, and Division of State Police. Her primary focus at the Department concerned implementation of policy and enforcement initiatives addressing the opioid epidemic, including regulatory changes, public outreach and education, the creation of a law enforcement strike team to focus on criminal diversion of controlled substances, and improvements to New Jersey’s Prescription Monitoring Program. She is an authority on New Jersey’s comprehensive approach to tackling the opioid epidemic, having spoken at meetings of the National Association of Attorneys General, the New Jersey State Bar Convention, and the Rutgers Camden School of Law’s Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Before her tenure with the Department of Law and Public Safety, Rebecca served for nine years as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for SDNY, and held the roles of Deputy Chief, Chief of the Narcotics Unit, and Senior Trial Counsel in the Public Corruption Unit, where she worked closely with the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies. She was counsel in several jury trials and briefed and argued cases repeatedly before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She was a member of SDNY’s International Narcotics Trafficking Unit, where she led the investigation and prosecution of members and associates of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia for material support of a foreign terrorist organization and hostage taking, and prosecuted high-ranking narco-traffickers from Colombia’s North Valley Cartel. She also served as a member of SDNY’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, investigating and prosecuting financial crimes and serving as counsel in the criminal trial of the former CEO and CFO of a major drug store chain for accounting fraud. During her time as SDNY’s Senior Trial Counsel in the Public Corruption Unit, Rebecca led the 2013 investigation of and criminal complaint against 49 then-current and former Russian diplomats for Medicaid fraud. 

Rebecca has overseen hundreds of government investigations and prosecutions in a wide variety of matters, including health care fraud, public corruption, campaign finance fraud, money laundering, misbranding, and diversion of controlled and non-controlled substances. She instructed both federal prosecutors and domestic and foreign law enforcement agents on a variety of topics, including obtaining evidence from foreign countries and the grand jury investigative process. For her efforts, Rebecca was awarded the 2012 Federal Drug Agents Foundation True American Hero Award and received the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Investigations Award for Excellence.

Prior to her government service, Rebecca was an associate at one of New York’s leading white collar criminal defense law firms. At that firm, Rebecca served as the lead associate on the defense team representing Martha Stewart during the investigation and trial of Mrs. Stewart in SDNY for obstruction of justice and market manipulation.


Admitted to practice: New Jersey, New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


  • Federal Bar Council, Criminal Law Committee
  • 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

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Third Thursday Webinar - #MeToo, One Year Later: What Have We Learned?," Crowell & Moring Webinar (November 29, 2018). Presenters: Thomas Gies, Ellen Dwyer, and Rebecca Ricigliano.
  • "When A Civil Enforcement Action Turns Criminal," New York Women's Bar Association, New York, NY (April 19, 2018). Presenters: Rebecca Monck Ricigliano and Arlen Pyenson.


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Oct.18.2017 Rebecca Ricigliano, Former First Assistant Attorney General of New Jersey, Joins Crowell & Moring as White Collar Partner