Rebecca Caruso's practice focuses on representing individuals, banks, and other financial services companies in compliance, risk management, enforcement actions, and internal investigations. She also provides counsel on Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering requirements, as well as anti-corruption considerations. Ms. Caruso has broad experience in the investigation process for both criminal and civil matters, including but not limited to preparing for and conducting depositions and interviews. Ms. Caruso has represented clients under investigation or facing enforcement action by the FDIC, NYDFS, SEC, and other government agencies.

Ms. Caruso has experience in all stages of federal court litigation, including motions, discovery, trial, and appeal. Ms. Caruso maintains an active pro bono practice at the trial and appellate stages, especially in the arenas of criminal justice and disability rights.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Caruso was an honors attorney with the US Department of Justice's Criminal Division. She was a trial attorney with the Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section, where she pursued civil and criminal matters. Ms. Caruso investigated and prosecuted money laundering and asset recovery cases, with a focus on kleptocracy and sanctions prosecutions. She conducted numerous international financial investigations, litigated complex money laundering and forfeiture issues, and participated in plea and settlement negotiations. Ms. Caruso also completed two SAUSA details, one with the Alexandria office of the Eastern District of Virginia and the other with the National Security Section for the District of Columbia. She was a member of the prosecution team that litigated the use of USA PATRIOT Act subpoenas to receive bank documents from foreign, non-party banks as part of a sanctions investigation, as well as the Pavel Lazarenko asset recovery action in the District of Columbia and the Eric Christopher Conn Social Security fraud and money laundering prosecution in the Eastern District of Kentucky. Ms. Caruso was awarded the Criminal Division's Assistant Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service for her work on the Conn prosecution.

Recognition

Criminal Division's Assistant Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service (2018)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2016
  • BA, Political Science; International Relations & Public Policy concentrations, University of Florida, 2013, cum laude
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Government & Military Service
  • Trial Attorney, US Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section
  • Special Assistant US Attorney, US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Special Assistant US Attorney, US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia
Clerkships
  • US District Court, Western District of Virginia, The Honorable James P. Jones
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, The Honorable J. Clifford Wallace
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