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 SuperLawyer in New Jersey for White Collar Criminal Defense (2017 -2023) 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

Double Jeopardy

The Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment and the Same State and Federal Crimes. Most people have a general understanding that the federal government and states can have their own laws. What many people may not be aware of, is that the federal government and...

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Credit Card Fraud

If you find yourself facing federal credit card fraud charges, it is extremely important to contact an experienced federal defense attorney as soon as possible to best be able to fight your case. Federal credit card fraud is also called access device fraud, and...

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Healthcare Fraud

Healthcare fraud is a complicated and complex area of the law, which is why it’s important to contact an experienced federal health care fraud defense attorney if you or a loved one is facing those sorts of charges. Healthcare fraud encompasses a number of different...

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Federal Healthcare fraud

Federal healthcare crimes can involve doctors, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and many others involved in healthcare fields.  Healthcare fraud in the eyes of the government is no different than most other types of fraud.  At its core, it involves...

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Child Pornography

Under federal law, child pornography is defined as possessing any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years of age). Visual depictions can include photographs, videos, and digital or computer-generated images (but not...

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Bank fraud

Bank fraud is a federal crime that involves a scheme to defraud a financial institution (a federally insured bank) or an attempt to obtain money (and other items) by fraud.  Bank fraud is codified in 18 USC § 1344 which is the statute that sets forth the acts that...

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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.