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Lorraine S Gauli-Rufo

Federal crime Attorney at Cedar Grove, NJ

4.8   26 reviews

also known as LGR Law Group

  • State Years
    New York - NY 8 years
    New Jersey - NJ 32 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Lorraine

Learn Lorraine’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    85%
    Focusing on white collar fraud, rico, drugs, firearms, corruption, computer crimes, credit card fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, Hobbs Act Robbery, wire fraud, mail fraud, bribery, extortion, public office crimes

    30 years, 1,000 cases

  2. White collar crime
    15%
    Wire fraud, Tax Fraud, Computer Fraud, Bank Fraud, Bribery, Extortion

    30 years, 100 cases

EXPERIENCED AND EFFECTIVE FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY. CALL ME WHEN THE FEDS CONTACT YOU!

Lorraine Gauli-Rufo has nearly 30 years’ experience in both federal and state criminal defense, including pre-indictment investigations through appeals. Ms. Gauli-Rufo now specializes in federal criminal defense. She represents people charged, accused or under investigation of white collar criminal defense, including bank fraud, securities fraud, computer crimes, healthcare fraud, as well handling federal drug charges and firearms offenses. Ms. Gauli-Rufo entered the private sector after spending more than 18 years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender at the Federal Public Defenders, District of New Jersey, where she had extensive federal trial experience, including regularly engaging in all aspects of federal criminal litigation, from motion practice through appeals. She has handled well over a thousand cases and is considered an experienced and respected trial attorney and a hard-fighting negotiator. She continues to appear regularly before the federal bench in New Jersey and New York. Her cases range from white collar fraud offenses to firearm and drug offenses, and her clients include people from all walks of life, including doctors, lawyers, police officers and politicians. Her goal is to work closely with her clients, giving them the personal attention, they need to achieve the best result for them in each particular case.

 

Prior to joining the FPDs, Ms. Gauli-Rufo was an associate at the Newark office of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, where she worked with the Honorable Frederick B. Lacey, former Federal District Court Judge, and other partners on many high profile civil litigation matters, including defending several automobile companies. Ms. Gauli-Rufo graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seton Hall University Law School, is a member of the NJ and NY bar, and regularly appears in federal courts in NY and NJ. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, a Trustee of the Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys of New Jersey, and also speaks on federal criminal matters in both New York and New Jersey.

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2014
Client's Choice
2021 2014

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Location

LGR Law Group
6 Pompton Avenue
STE 25
Cedar Grove, NJ, 07009
LGR LAW, LLC
347 5th Avenue
STE 1402
New York, NY, 10016
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  26 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by Leslie | March 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Criminal Defense Attorney Out There
I hired Ms. Gauli-Rufo to handle a federal criminal matter that I had, and she far exceeded my expectations. Not only is she a great attorney, who knows what she is doing, but she is familiar with the judges and prosecutors. Also, she is kind and understanding. Please, hire her! You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Matthew | November 6, 2014
Best Lawyer to have
Lorraine 's meritorious professionalism did miracle 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.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2024
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GREAT FEDERAL LAWYER
I had the best experience with Lorraine! She stopped at no cost to make sure that justice was served for me. She is a GREAT FEDERAL LAWYER! very much for ALL PEOPLE! A million stars if I could give it to her!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER !
Posted by Ross | January 17, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Criminal Defense Attorney
Lorraine is a tremendous criminal defense attorney, a reputable colleague in the field, and someone who will go the extra mile to zealously advocate on behalf of her clients. Highly recommended.
Posted by Tasean | January 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
Lorraine is a good lawyer I hired her when I first got arrested. Since the day I hired her she made everything happen for she fought for me like I was her own son. She was always there when I needed made everything I wanted easier. Also her assistant is also helpful as well she always keep up updated with everything. I thank you and really appreciate everything you did for me. Thank you
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Posted by Antwan ahuama | November 11, 2021
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Mr. Ahuama
Where do I start…….. Mrs Lorraine was very professional, attentive, patient……. I felt she really cared…. Within 2-3 months she got me off supervised release… i wish I hired her sooner
Posted by Carlos Osorio-Perez | October 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The Best!!!!!
Lorraine Gauli-rufo was the best and helped me at a time when I was at the lowest point in my life. She fought for me and never gave up. She was always there and was truly helpful. She actually played a huge part in my " new life" and I'm forever grateful. Thank you for your time and effort. I'm home and you got me here. I will always be thankful and remember all the advice you've given me. She saw me at my worst and helped me reach my best .... Forever grateful Carlos Osorio-Perez #1 fan
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Posted by Melissa A. | September 2, 2021
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Diligent and compassionate
My family received a call from a federal agent back in August 2021. The first step we took was to contact an attorney specializing in federal crimes. We reviewed Avvo and found Lorraine S Gauli-Rufo, among others. We sent messages to several attorneys, but Ms. Gauli-Rufo was the first to respond. Her knowledge and demeanour were vital for us. She was at the top of our list for all the good reasons. Fortunately, we did not have to retain an attorney because of a good resolution of our case, but we went through a dark hole during the interviewing process. We appreciated her time, patience, and compassionate approach during that uncertain time. We would not hesitate to contact and hire Ms. Gauli-Rufo in the future. Those reviews we read on Avvo are on point, so we encourage other people to contact her for all their criminal law needs.
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Posted by Johan | June 21, 2021
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Great Lawyer
Lorraine was such a great help with my case, made everything so much easier.
Posted by Sacha Santiago | May 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney
It's difficult for me to put into words what an amazing attorney and person Lorraine is. Unlike most lawyers, Lorraine honestly cared and made time for me even though she had a lot of other cases. She was always positive, very attentive, and answering my phone calls. Lorraine and I not only communicated over the phone, but she also visited me several times. Her care and concern for me were so immense that I see her as family now. Lorraine is honestly one of the best attorneys a person can have.
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Posted by Michelle | May 7, 2021
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Former client
I had the distinct pleasure of dealing directly with Lorraine Gauli-Rufo a number of years ago, when she was defending my son. It was a very sad and worry-wrought time for all of my family, but especially my son, of course, and myself, because if you’re a parent, and specifically a mother, you’ll know the deep seated heartbreak involved when it’s your child in trouble. In our case, my son had survived a near fatal car accident, which left him with a TBI (frontal lobe damage), which directly affects your ability to make proper decisions, especially when you’re under 25. Lorraine was not only extremely professional and a relentless advocate in defending him, , she was a compassionate, warm and understanding human being during a horrific time in our lives. I could really go on and on, thinking back, but I don’t want to take up unnecessary time, because it is all extremely personal and very sad. Suffice it to say, if you are in need of an EXCELLENT lawyer, who not only does her job with aplomb, but with heart as well, you have found the best possible team. I have found that combination rare and unusual in a field that is often cut and dry. Not so when dealing with Ms. Gauli-Rufo and her associates as well. I do not know any of the other lawyers in her firm, but I DO know Lorraine very well, and feel extremely confident recommending anyone in conjunction with her. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I was extremely happy to be able to have the opportunity to write it. Best Regards, Michelle GoodmanI had the distinct pleasure of dealing directly with Lorraine Gauli-Rufo a number of years ago, when she was defending my son. It was a very sad and worry-wrought time for all of my family, but especially my son, of course, and myself, because if you’re a parent, and specifically a mother, you’ll know the deep seated heartbreak involved when it’s your child in trouble. In our case, my son had survived a near fatal car accident, which left him with a TBI (frontal lobe damage), which directly affects your ability to make proper decisions, especially when you’re under 25. Lorraine was not only extremely professional and a relentless advocate in defending him, , she was a compassionate, warm and understanding human being during a horrific time in our lives. I could really go on and on, thinking back, but I don’t want to take up unnecessary time, because it is all extremely personal and very sad. Suffice it to say, if you are in need of an EXCELLENT lawyer, who not only does her job with aplomb, but with heart as well, you have found the best possible team. I have found that combination rare and unusual in a field that is often cut and dry. Not so when dealing with Ms. Gauli-Rufo and her associates as well. I do not know any of the other lawyers in her firm, but I DO know Lorraine very well, and feel extremely confident recommending anyone in conjunction with her. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I was extremely happy to be able to have the opportunity to write it. Best Regards, Michelle GoodmanI had the distinct pleasure of dealing directly with Lorraine Gauli-Rufo a number of years ago, when she was defending my son. It was a very sad and worry-wrought time for all of my family, but especially my son, of course, and myself, because if you’re a parent, and specifically a mother, you’ll know the deep seated heartbreak involved when it’s your child in trouble. In our case, my son had survived a near fatal car accident, which left him with a TBI (frontal lobe damage), which directly affects your ability to make proper decisions, especially when you’re under 25. Lorraine was not only extremely professional and a relentless advocate in defending him, , she was a compassionate, warm and
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Posted by Ivan | February 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Not Guilty
There aren’t enough words to describe the gratitude I have for Lorraine, for her efforts, for her time, for her expertise. I contacted the office of LGR Law and since the moment she started to represent me, she made sure I felt confident in her ethics and professionalism. I experienced a very traumatic experience but Lorraine made sure I as well as my family felt at ease with the process we were involved in. I highly recommend Lorraine to anyone who needs an expert lawyer that treats people, not just as clients, but also as human beings. The result of my case was a not guilty verdict. Thank you for everything.
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Posted by Jerry | October 31, 2017
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Great defense attorney
I hired Lorraine to handle a federal violation matter that I had, and she she did a wonderful job representing me. She was very knowledgeable in all aspects of the law and how it pertained to my violation. She was also knew the judge and other court employees. I would definitely recommend Lorraine to anyone looking for an experienced defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2017
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Excellent results
Lorraine is great. My former lawyer referred me to her because he didn't have the expertise needed for my case. Lorraine did. She saved me a large amount of future restitution payments that I should have stopped paying a long time ago. I wish I would have originally hired her when I was facing charges. Her rates were very fair as well. She spent a lot of time on my case. It wasn't a straightforward case but she delivered a great outcome. For anyone with a white-collar criminal case I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Len | April 7, 2017
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Lorraine S Gauli Rufo Firm
I was recommended to Lorraine and I felt very comfortable and confident with her services. Her office handled all my legal issues professionally. Her firm was very responsive to all my concerns/questions that I had. I highly recommend Lorraine S Gauli-Raufo.
Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
Ms. Gauli-Rufo represented me in a federal criminal case. I cannot thank Ms. Gauli-Rufo enough for representing me, and helping me in my case. She was very open and honest with me throughout every step. She is very professional who knows the law, the court system and so forth. If there is a loved one, or yourself who is dealing with a federal criminal matter, I will highly recommend Ms. Gauli-Rufo.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2016
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Highly Experienced Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
Ms. Gauli-Rufo represented me in a federal criminal matter. Not only was she passionate but she had the experience, drive, and energy that I hoped for in an attorney. She has an extensive amount of experience and has an amazing amount of knowledge when It comes to the law. Having Ms. Gauli-rufo as my attorney, gave me the assurance that I was in the right hands. Seeing the dedication and passion that she has was truly admirable. Ms. Gauli-Rufo is the attorney that every client looks for. I would highly recommend Ms. Gauli-Rufo as a federal criminal defense attorney . She's passionate, has many years of experience and overall fights for her client to get the justice they deserve as she did for me ! Contacting Ms. Gauli-Rufo would be the best decision you can make.
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Posted by Daniel | March 21, 2016
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Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
Lorraine represented me on a Federal matter and was very personable and knowledgeable about criminal law. I’ve known her for over 20 years and she has always displayed great professionalism and understanding toward me and my situation by demonstrating a high level of competency in the skills and knowledge required. Her decisions are on target and always reflect good reliable sound judgement.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2015
When you genuinely connect to your lawyer, you connect to your real goals and outcome.
Ms. Gauli-Rufo has over 20 years of experience as an attorney but she's as energetic now as a newbie lawyer. She is responsive, knowledgeable and truthful. She is highly regarded in the federal criminal community which is why I referred a friend who was so impressed by her genuine demeanor that, they hired her! When you can connect to your lawyer, you have connected to the real goals and outcome of your case - no other way about it.
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Posted by Angelica | January 17, 2015
Lady Justice!
As an independent paralegal, I have had the privilege to work with Lorraine Gauli-Rufo on several cases. Our initial meeting left a lasting impression on my mind. I remember thinking, " what a genuinely kindhearted, compassionate attorney, I cannot wait to work with her." I was truly impressed by Lorraine's professionalism and genuine nature. Lorraine has proven to treat all of her clients with equal importance and dedication. I have witnessed first hand, the aggressive determination that she possesses to tip the scales of justice. Lorraine's dedication to her clients is paramount. One has to possess an innate passion for justice in order to excel in the legal field and I can honestly say that Lorraine does in fact exceed the expectations of her clients! Not only is Lorraine an honest legal professional, she truly defines the meaning of advocacy.Lorraine is the type of attorney who will spend countless hours determined to fight for her clients. She does this tirelessly. I believe that Lorraine's passion for justice is what prevents her from ever giving up no matter how difficult a client's case may be. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet an attorney who truly cares about humanity. I highly recommend the law firm of Lorraine Gauli-Rufo. To all who are facing criminal charges, let Lorraine be your voice. For I can assure you that you will in fact be heard!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Founder
  • LGR Law, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Federal Public Defender's Office
  • 1996 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Leboeuf Lamb Greene & Macrae, LLP
  • 1991 - 1996

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Rutgers University
  • BFA
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. Lagrier
  • acquittal

Associations

  • Women in White Collar Criminal Defense - NYC
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Women in White Collar NJ
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Super Lawyer NY Metro
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • 2017 - Present
  • Super Lawyer NJ
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2017 - Present
  • New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Trustee
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Heckel Inn of Court, Rutgers University
  • Master
  • 2013 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (New Jersey chapter)
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • US Attorney's Defense Counsel Advisory
  • Committee Member
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Federal Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in New Jersey
  • Corporate INTL
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Criminal Law "10 Best" New Jersey
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Certified Crimial Trial Attorney
  • NJ Supreme Court
  • 2016
  • Seton Hall School of Law
  • Suma cum Laude
  • 1991
  • Property and Corporate Student Award
  • Seton Hall University
  • 1991
  • Presidential Merit Scholarship
  • Rutgers University
  • 1980
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Speaking Engagements

  • Boardwalk Seminar
  • Direct Examination
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"My colleague and I have had the pleasure of working with Lorraine on a federal criminal case. Lorraine’s professionalism, responsiveness, and extensive knowledge of the practice of federal criminal law is impressive. She is an excellent attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure and opportunity to gain pro bono hours helping Lorraine in a white-collar RICO trial where she was nice enough to share with me her legal theories and strategies. She is very personable, professional, and passionate about her clients."
Federal crime Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lorraine is a superb lawyer. I endorse her without reservation, as she an experienced federal defense attorney who knows the federal courts like no one else. Lorraine always fights to achieve the best results for her clients."
Federal crime Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lorraine is very knowledgeable and experienced. An excellent advocate."
Federal crime Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lorraine Gauli-Rufo is one of the most seasoned federal criminal defense lawyers in the NJ/NY region. I had the opportunity to trial a very complicated federal Hobbs Act Robbery with Ms. Gauli-Rufo. She represented a co-defendant. Her dedication, energy, brain stormimg and tenancity against the government were the epitome of how a great lawyer should practice law. In short, she is a fantastic lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lorraine is an excellent attorney. She is knowledgeable of the law and compassionate to her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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