Photograph of Rebecca Monck Ricigliano

Government Experience

  • New Jersey—First Assistant Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety
  • 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

Education

  • 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 of the Buffalo Law Review

Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Rebecca Monck Ricigliano

Partner
New York
rricigliano@crowell.com
Phone: +1 212.895.4268
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, a former federal prosecutor, is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement Group and a member of its Steering Committee; she is also 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 United States 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 conducts internal investigations for foreign and domestic clients, including Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, technology, transportation, government contracting, and defense sectors. Rebecca also represents individuals and companies in a wide array of grand jury and regulatory investigations and related enforcement, including criminal trials. Rebecca’s practice focuses on matters involving the Department of Justice’s Criminal and Antitrust Divisions, United States Attorney’s Offices, Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, state attorney general’s offices, and other federal and state regulators. In addition to those representations, Rebecca 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.

Rebecca is regarded as a leading white collar attorney by Chambers USA, acknowledging her “phenomenal skill set” and “experience and gravitas to be able to speak directly to the court.” She was recognized 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 United States 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 United States 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.

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.

Selected Representations

  • 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 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.


Affiliations

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

Memberships

  • Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court
  • 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
  • Board Member, National Organization of Italian American Women
  • Steering Committee, When There Are Nine Scholarship Project


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Firm News & Announcements

Sep.13.2021 When There Are Nine Scholarship Project Announces Inaugural Class of Scholars
Aug.19.2021

The Best Lawyers in America 2022 Recognizes 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, One Selected as Lawyer of the Year

Jun.22.2021 Glen McGorty and Rebecca Ricigliano Author Chapter of National Association of Attorneys General’s Anticorruption Manual for State and Local Prosecutors
May.20.2021 Chambers USA 2021 Ranks 63 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 30 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
May.07.2021 New Scholarship Honors Lifelong Work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
May.03.2021 The American Lawyer Names Rebecca Monck Ricigliano a 2021 Northeast Trailblazer
Nov.16.2020 Crowell & Moring Partner Rebecca Ricigliano to Speak on Post-Disaster Enforcement
Aug.20.2020 The Best Lawyers in America 2021 Recognizes 46 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Two Selected as Lawyer of the Year
Apr.23.2020 Chambers USA 2020 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 21 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Dec.16.2019 Three Crowell & Moring Partners Named "Notable Women in Law" by Crain’s New York Business
Nov.05.2019 Global Investigations Review Names Crowell & Moring’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group to “GIR 100” Fifth Year in a Row
Oct.18.2017 Rebecca Ricigliano, Former First Assistant Attorney General of New Jersey, Joins Crowell & Moring as White Collar Partner