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Richard Serafini has an extensive background in representing persons and businesses in white collar, enforcement, and complex civil cases.  Mr. Serafini is particularly experienced in jury trials having tried complex cases throughout the United States.

The industries in which Mr. Serafini has represented clients include securities, health care, banking, education, and energy.  He is also very experienced in civil RICO, asset forfeiture, money laundering, accounting issues, internal investigations, and corporate compliance issues.


While at the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Serafini received numerous awards for service and acheivement including a Special Commendation Award from the Criminal Division of DOJ. 


Mr. Serafini has served as an expert commentator for a number of news outlets.  He has been interviewed about white collar crime and securities enforcement by the following news services:  The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Wall Street Journal, The Sun-Sentinel, CNN, CNBC, USA Today Radio, CBS News Radio, news radio stations in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Miami.


Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 60%
    33 years, 1.6 thousand cases
  2. Financial Services: 20%
    30 years, 150 cases
  3. Investment Fraud: 10%
    30 years, 150 cases
  4. Federal Regulation: 10%
    30 years, 100 cases



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Contact info

Serafini Law Office, LLC

One Financial Plaza
100 SE Third Avenue, Suite 2510
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33394


FLMember in Good Standing199306/21/2016
NYCurrently registered 198003/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Special Commendation AwardU.S. Department of Justice2000
CommendationU.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California2000
Letter of CommendationCriminal Division, Department of Justice1995
Letter of CommendationU.S. Attorney for the Easter District of Virginia1995
Letter of CommendationAttorney General of the United States1994
Letter of CommendationMayor of the City of New York1981
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySerafini Law Office, LLC2011 - Present
Of CounselRuden McClosky2010 - Present
N/AAdams, Cassidy & Phillippi2009 - 2010
N/AGreenberg Traurig2003 - 2008
N/ABroad & Cassel2001 - 2003
Trial AttorneyU. S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division1990 - 2000
Branch ChiefU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission1986 - 1989
Assistant Attorney GeneralNew York State Attorney General's Office1983 - 1986
Examining AttorneyNew York City Department of Investigation1979 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Miami-Dade County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Broward County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Federal Bar Association, Federal Litigation SectionN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Psychiatric Institutes of AmericaGuilty plea
United States v. John That Luong, et al.Conviction after trial
United States v. Patrick CampbellClient acquitted of all charges
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Publication nameTitleDate
White Collar, Securites, and Health CareSAC Capital Advisors Likely to Be Indicted2013
Daily Business ReviewExpect More Policing of Offshore Tax Havens in Wake of Settlement2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of PennsylvaniaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
From the Boardroom to the CourtroomCriminalization of Corporate Conduct2011
Audio Educator SeriesResponding to Government Investigations2010
13th Annual Kentucky Sleep Medicine ConferenceFraud and abuse, Stark regulations, legal developments2009