Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, Esq. & AssociatesAttorney 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
“We fight for your rights and protect your freedom when you are threatened or charged with a federal crime.”
Lorraine Gauli-Rufo was selected as a SuperLawyer in New Jersey for White Collar Criminal Defense (2017 -2023) and in Metro, New York City for Criminal Defense (2017-2020).
Experienced, Aggressive and Effective Representation – Specializing in Federal Criminal Defense in New Jersey and New York
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.
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
- Bank Robbery
- Hobbs Act Offenses
- Gambling Offenses
- Child Pornography
- Immigration Offenses (Reentry)
- and Firearms offenses
News & Articles
Criminal defense attorney, Lorraine Gauli-Rufo shares news and articles pertaining to criminal and federal law
Habeas Update SCOTUS In June of this year, the Supreme Court ruled on a case related to habeas corpus. More specifically, in Jones v. Hendrix, the Supreme Court discussed habeas relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 when a subsequent (or second) motion under 28 U.S.C. § 2255...
The Federal Rules of Evidence state that admissions by a party-opponent can be introduced in court. This may include relevant text messages, social media posts, and statements made to the media. In order for evidence derived from social media platforms to be...
The Supreme Court issued two opinions limiting the scope of federal fraud statutes that prohibit “honest services fraud” in Ciminelli v. United States and Percoco v. United States. 18 U.S.C. § 1346 states, “a scheme or artifice to defraud includes a scheme or artifice...
In United States v. Taylor, the Supreme Court held that attempted Hobbs Act robbery does not qualify as a “crime of violence” under 18 U.S.C. §924(c). Under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(3), “crime of violence” is defined as a felony offense and “has an element the use,...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) has recently been cracking down on cases of federal wire fraud. Wire fraud is governed by 18 U.S.C. § 1342. 18 U.S.C § 1342 states that the four essential elements of the crime of wire fraud are: (1) that the defendant...
On June 8, 2023, the Supreme Court decided Dubin v. U.S, 599 U.S. ___ (2023), which dealt with the applicability 18 §1028A(a)(1), the federal aggravated identity theft statute, which has a two-year mandatory minimum prison sentence. The Government uses it frequently...
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.
My Name is Vladimir S., and I want everyone to know that Ms. Gauli-Rufo is an excellent attorney. I had a serious federal felony that I ended up pleading guilty to. The government wanted me to serve jail time, but through Ms. Gauli-Rufo’s hard work and commitment, I was able to stay out of jail and be put on probation. In the beginning of my case, she said she was going to work hard for me and fight for me, and she came through for me each time. I cannot say enough about her. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know where I would be today. Thank you, Ms. Gauli-Rufo, for everything you have done for me.
After my initial consult with Lorraine I felt very comfortable and confident working with her. I rate her 5 stars !!! You will learn that Lorraine is very experienced as a federal defense attorney and knows her way around the courts. I highly recommend that you call her office.
Lorraine was an exceptional attorney who was punctual at every meeting. She called me ant text[ed] me from time to time, and she worked with the [AUSA] well. Lorraine made sure I knew when court was and how to get there. She also [met with me] on Sundays because I could only get a ride then. We went over paperwork so I understood and [she] always told me what was going to take place. She only missed one meeting but had someone from her firm there to replace her. Overall, she was great and [I] would recommend her.
Lorraine worked very hard and achieved a decision I could not have even dared hoped for….She truly cares about her clients and their families. She is a good person to have on your side.
Lorraine’s meritorious professionalism did miracles to my case. She worked and fought hard to prevent me from incarceration even though I plead guilty to the charges against me. She was never tired nor fed up with my numerous phone calls and questions about her opinion to my concerns. She made me feel very comfortable and explained the process verbatim. the case that seem like insurmountable mountain to me was suppressed by her, and all the while, she was very honest and trustworthy to the extent that my perpetual fear vanished. It was very clear to me that I could fully trust and depend on her. Besides all the above, she’s a superb human being. She’s highly recommended to anybody in need of her service, you will not regret it.
I can’t say enough about, Ms. Lorraine Gauli-Rufo. Before I spoke to her about my case, I was very uneasy about my situation. I immediately felt comfortable after my very first meeting and was treated with respect and kindness. This made a stressful period in my life bearable. Along with her years of experience and expertise, I would strongly recommend her.
I had used her once in criminal at Essex family court, and she was awesome, smart, and took care of me on point. I also used her for driving points and no disappointments straight on the ball game… she is fantastic. I will recommend her to anyone.
I came to Ms. Gauli Rufo with an extemely complex and frustrating case. Her confidence and calm demeanor did much to assuage my fears, and while she prepared me that she was an “aggressive” law firm, I did not realize how significant that was until I saw her and her assistant in action. They were superb and wrapped up a case I thought would take months of torture in a few weeks. The were charming and kept me informed at every turn. I would highly recommend them as a firm, and while I hope to not need their services in the future, I feel at ease knowing that she will be there in my corner when and if I need her. She is a hidden gem, apart from the big city, but with the tenacity and drive to provide her clients with top rated service. As an emergency physician, I value that skill and dedication in a professional. Sincerely, Dr. Dave
She explained everything to me in detail AND FOUND OUT THE TRUTH about my case. She knows what she is doing and if she does not have the answer for you right away she will get it for you. We need more lawyers who care and can get the job done.