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
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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 SuperLawyer in New Jersey for White Collar Criminal Defense (2017 -2021) and in Metro, New York City for Criminal Defense (2017-2020).

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, sentencings and
appeals. ​She had achieved many below Guideline sentences for her clients.
Ms. Gauli-Rufo and her office are the standout choice  for those looking for quality representation in the New York City and Montclair area, and is a zealous advocate protecting the rights of her clients 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, contact Ms. Gauli-Rufo of LGR law immediately.

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
  • Bank Robbery
  • 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.

White Collar Federal Crimes including:


If you were arrested for a federal crime, your immediate goal is likely to get out on bail. However, whether or not you will be granted bail is up to the judge. He or she will look at the specific circumstances of your case before coming to a decision, such as the type of crime, your previous criminal history and how much evidence there is against you.
If you did commit the federal crime you are accused of, you might think that you have no choice but to go to court and plead guilty. However, you do not have to do this. In fact, it is one of the last things you want to do. If you plead guilty without even negotiating a plea deal, the judge will likely impose the harsher sentence, such as jail time. Instead, you should seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney in New Jersey. An attorney can investigate the circumstances of your case and offer sound legal advice. He or she may even help you obtain a fair plea deal.
Many of the criminal cases you hear about, such as DUI’s, battery and shoplifting, are handled in state court. However, certain offenses are prosecuted by the federal government and are usually considered white collar crimes. These charges include mail fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, bank fraud and accounting fraud.
If you have never been to a consultation with a criminal defense attorney, you might not know what to expect. During your first meeting with your attorney, expect to answer a lot of questions about 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 the police or not. He or he may also ask you if you have a previous criminal history. It’s important to answer each question honestly, even if you feel embarrassed. Your attorney can’t fully help you if he or she does not know the truth. Remember that your attorney is not there to judge you. If you have documents pertaining to your case, do not forget to bring them along to your meeting.

News & Articles

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

Early Termination of Supervised Release

We have been successful in obtaining a termination of supervised release for several clients. In August of 2022, and May 4, 2022, in the SDNY, we obtained an early termination of supervised release for two New York clients. And in October 2021, we obtained an order of...

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Probationary Plea

In August 2022, were just able to negotiate a probationary plea for a client charged with a substantial amount of illegal drugs in the district of New Jersey. We have had several successes with compassionate release motions in both NJ and SDNY.  For example,  after we...

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Grand Jury Investigations

Many people enter the criminal justice arena without being charged with any crime.  One way this can happen is the result of Grand Jury investigations.  Assistant United States Attorneys investigate potential federal crimes and often attempt to have an Indictment...

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U.S. v. Junior Abreu

U.S. v. Junior Abreu, Law, attorney, federal criminal defense, federal crime, law firm, new jersey, new York, new York city, drug charges, drugs, drug possession, federal criminal attorney, federal criminal lawyer, criminal lawyer, criminal defense

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Contact An Attorney

Many of our clients contact an attorney because they are advised (or find out) that there is an ongoing investigation into potential federal criminal law violations revolving around them or their companies. While most criminal charges begin with an arrest, many people...

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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

So choosing a lawyer can be very stressful given any circumstances especially when the FBI comes knocking. And after talking with other lawyers and then talking with Lorraine it was not a question I was gonna go with her and her team at LGR law. She made me feel comfortable and in good hands the whole time and not pushy. Extremely fair priced and not price just after my money. I feel like she actually took to heart my interests and doing what was best for me. Again can’t say better things about them at LGR law I highly recommend them. August 8, 2022
Matt McKay