Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, Esq. & Associates

Attorney Lorraine Gauli-Rufo provides legal representation for criminal matters in New York City and in Verona, Montclair, and surrounding areas of New Jersey, with a focus on Federal Criminal Defense
Lorraine Gauli-Rufo
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Lorraine Gauli-Rufo
Rated by Super Lawyers

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“We fight for your rights and protect your freedom when you are threatened or charged with a federal crime.”

– Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, attorney

Lorraine Gauli-Rufo was selected as a Super Lawyers in New Jersey for White Collar Criminal Defense (2017 -2024) and in Metro, New York City for Criminal Defense (2017-2024).

If you or a loved one is contacted by any agency of the federal government, whether it is the IRS, FBI, DEA, ATF, state or federal prosecutors, or any other governmental agency or an Assistant United States Attorney …call our office immediately so we can help protect your valuable rights.

Experienced, Aggressive and Effective Representation – ​Specializing in Federal Criminal Defense in New Jersey and New York

Lorraine Gauli-Rufo Esq. of LGR Law

For more than 25 years, Lorraine Gauli-Rufo of LGR Law, LLC ​has offered top​-notch ​legal representation​ to her clients and is a trusted and respected federal criminal defense attorney in the Newark, NJ area as well as New York City. She defends the rights of the accused in federal courts throughout the United States​, with a focus on New Jersey and Manhattan, New York federal courts. ​ ​Ms. Gauli-Rufo has ​tried numerous cases and has ​ a wealth of experience ​in all phases of criminal litigation including trials, motion practice, plea hearings, sentencing, and appeals. ​She has achieved many below Guideline sentences for her clients. She also represents many clients who are either the subjects or the targets of federal criminal investigations as well as individuals and corporations who are served with federal grand jury subpoenas.

Ms. Gauli-Rufo and her office are the standout choice for those looking for quality representation in the New York City and Montclair area. She is a zealous advocate for protecting her client’s rights from the beginning stages of a criminal matter to its conclusion. She is also considered a tough and successful negotiator with plea agreements. When you are first contacted by the federal government or any federal agency or notified of a potential criminal matter, immediately contact Ms. Gauli-Rufo of LGR law.

Primary Practice Areas

Specializing in Criminal Defense in New Jersey Federal Courts and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Representative Federal Criminal Matters

Ms. Gauli-Rufo and LGR Law have defended a wide range of criminal matters in both federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey.

Representative Criminal matters:
  • Conspiracy offenses
  • Serious drug offenses
  • Assault
  • Hobbs Act Offenses
  • Extortion
  • Gambling Offenses
  • Child Pornography
  • Immigration Offenses (Reentry)
  • and Firearms offenses

Federal Criminal Law

LGR Law also specializes in defending federal white collar criminal matters.


Whether or not you will be granted bail is up to the judge, but is based on several factors. The Judge has to ensure the conditions of bail assure you are not a risk of flight or a danger to society. He or she will look at the specific circumstances of your case before coming to a decision, such as the type of crime you are charged with, your previous criminal history or lack thereof, the weight of the evidence against you, and several other factors. You need a seasoned federal criminal defense attorney like Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, who has much experience arguing for bail and getting her clients released on bail.
Whether or not to plead guilty is a decision you will make after much consultation with your attorney. There are many factors to consider in deciding whether or not to plead guilty, and while this decision is completely up to you, your attorney will be able to advise you after she has received information from you and the government. Whether to plead guilty should be based upon many considerations that include, the kind and weight of the evidence against you, the plea offer that is made available to you from the government, the penalties involved, and whether you committed the offense or not. All of these factors should be considered and discussed with your attorney before you decide if pleading guilty is the right course of action for you.
Because the United States is a federation, people can be charged with crimes by local, state or the federal government. There are many federal crimes that are the same or similar to state crimes. Many states as well as the federal government criminalize certain firearm and illegal drug offenses, as well as robberies, assaults, sexual offenses etc, Federal crimes are set forth in statutes that inform people what conduct is criminal. These include conduct involving firearms, drugs, mail and wire fraud, computer and internet fraud, healthcare fraud, bank fraud, credit card fraud, child pornography, extortion and bribery, to name a few. Shouldn’t we have links to the blogs or cases we have listed in the other sections of the website. Wire fraud? Healthcare fraud? Etc…
During your first meeting with your attorney, you should expect to answer a lot of questions about the facts of your case. Your attorney will likely want to know when and where you were charged, what exactly you were charged with, and whether you have spoken to authorities or not. She may also ask you if you have any prior convictions, as well as other information about your background. It is important to answer each question honestly so that your attorney obtains as much information as possible and can advise you correctly. Remember that your statements to your attorney are protected by the attorney/client privilege. Therefore, she cannot share that information with anyone. Following that meeting, your lawyer will likely send you a retainer agreement, which is an agreement that sets forth the terms of her representation of you.
Your federal criminal defense attorney is someone who should be fighting for your rights and protecting your freedom. If your attorney is not doing that for you, maybe she is not the right attorney for you. Moreover, it is important for you to trust your attorney, and should have a good working relationship with her. Sometimes, for a myriad of reasons, the attorney-client relationship breaks down. You should not feel compelled to keep an attorney who you feel is not working for you, or who you do not trust or cannot effectively communicate with. We frequently get new clients who hire us after their federal criminal cases have begun.
Lorraine Gauli-Rufo is a criminal trial attorney certified by the Supreme Court of NJ and thus can provide referral fees for appropriate cases that are referred to her from other attorneys. Moreover, LGR Law Group frequently refers cases to other law firms, when they receive a potential client that is not right for our firm. LGR Law is a boutique law firm, specializing in federal criminal defense in New York and New Jersey. We have excellent relationships with other law firms and solo practitioners in New Jersey and New York, and refer cases to them regularly. Click here to refer us a matter.

News & Articles

Criminal defense attorney, Lorraine Gauli-Rufo shares news and articles pertaining to criminal and federal law

What Federal Crimes deal with Internet or Computer Fraud?

Many of our clients are charged or threatened with federal internet and/or computer fraud-related crimes. There are many federal crimes associated with the use of the internet and/or computers. Some people refer to these offenses as cybercrimes. A federal internet...

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Why choose Lorraine Gauli-Rufo and LGR Law, LLC for your federal, criminal matter?

Specializing in criminal defense in New Jersey Federal Courts and in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Ms. Gauli-Rufo IS the attorney many turn to when seeking an experienced lawyer to attend to and resolve their criminal, legal needs. Ms. Gauli-rufo and her office utilize more than 25 years of experience to represent clients, compassionately and attentively, focusing on their individual needs on a case by case basis. LGRlaw is the office people reach out to when threatened or charged with serious criminal matters. As an accomplished criminal defense attorney, drug crime lawyer, and a recognized and trusted fierce fighting advocate, many people seek the services of Lorraine Gauli-Rufo and her office to fight for their rights, and to protect their freedom.


Having handled well over 1000 criminal cases, and many jury trials, Ms. Gauli-Rufo has earned the reputation of  a zealous attorney and effective advocate on behalf of her clients. Her goal is to give each client the type of personal attention they deserve, listening to what they have to say, and providing legal advice and direction on an individual basis.

Quotes From Our Clients

Ms. Lorraine Gauli-Rufo represented me on a case a few years ago. She did a great job and I will recommend her with all confidence. She’s diligent, conscientious and utterly trustworthy.