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Renée L. Jarusinsky

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Renée L. Jarusinsky is an experienced white-collar litigator, having spent the majority of her more than twenty-year career investigating and litigating complex financial crimes and corruption. Her cases have covered a broad range of activity including not-for-profit and government contract fraud, pension fraud, securities and accounting fraud, campaign finance schemes, identity theft and bank fraud, and more. She brings to her clients and her cases the perspective she gained from having been both a defense attorney and a prosecutor.

Prior to joining Ford O'Brien Landy, Renée served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office for more than a decade. Her most recent position was as Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption Unit ("PCU"), where she supervised corruption investigations conducted by Assistant District Attorneys, investigators, legal interns, paralegals, and other staff. In this role, she was a member of the supervisory team that oversaw the investigation into then-Mayor Bill de Blasio and his operatives relating to the financing of certain state senate campaigns. She also handled her own caseload, including a long-term investigation and subsequent prosecution of the head of two government-funded not-for-profit entities for stealing from the entities in myriad ways. Prior to her role as Deputy Chief, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in PCU, the Rackets Bureau, and a Trial Bureau, as well as a Major Case Assistant for the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau.

Prior to her work at the DA's Office, Renée served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Integrity Bureau at the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where she conducted complex civil and criminal investigations. There, she served on the team investigating then-Governor David Paterson for perjury and witness tampering. She also received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in connection with a statewide investigation of private attorneys who wrongfully received state pension benefits in connection with their representation of public entity clients.

Earlier in her career, Renée was an associate at two law firms, including Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, where she represented individuals and entities in connection with white collar criminal and civil matters, and commercial and civil rights litigation. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Owen, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Renée received her undergraduate degree from Purchase College, the State University of New York, and her law degree from Fordham University School of Law.

Renée recently founded The New Castelfranco Society, a virtual community of descendants of her grandmother's hometown in Italy, and she is conversational in Italian. She also serves on the Board of Directors of USA Friends of GCEC, Inc., a not-for-profit entity that provides financial support to a school in Kenya that she has visited several times.

Areas Of Practice

  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Government Compliance and Regulatory Defense
  • Internal Investigations

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 2000
  • Purchase College, State University of New York
    • B.A. - 1995
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Political Science

Past Employment Positions

  • New York County District Attorney’s Office, September 2010 – April 2021
  • New York State Office of the Attorney General, October 2007 – August 2010
  • Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Anello, P.C., October 2002 – September 2007
  • The Honorable Richard Owen, U.S. District Judge, S.D.N.Y., September 2001 – September 2002
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, October 2000 – August 2001

Published Works

  • Jonathan D. Polkes and Renée L. Jarusinsky, Waiver of Corporate Privilege in a Government Investigation: Reaction to the New DOJ Policy, ABA White Collar Crime (2001).
  • Gender Difference in Perceiving Violence and its Implication for the VAWA’s Civil Rights Remedy, 27 Fordham Urb. L.J. 965 (Winter 2000).

Honors & Awards

  • Louis J. Lefkowitz Award for Outstanding Service, New York State Attorney General, 2008
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