Lorraine Gauli-Rufo

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Verona, NJ

 | 130 Pompton Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044
Phone: 646-960-7776
Fax: 973-239-4310
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)


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    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Lorraine Gauli-Rufo is the founder and owner of LGR Law LLC, which has law offices in New York, New York, and Verona, New Jersey. A nationally ranked and award-winning trial lawyer, Ms. Gauli-Rufo focuses her practice solely on criminal defense, and she provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the greater New York City metropolitan region and surrounding areas of Newark and New Jersey who stand accused or are under investigation for any type of white collar crime or any other felony or misdemeanor offense.

    Certified as a criminal trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court, Ms. Gauli-Rufo has successfully handled dozens of jury trials in state and federal courts over the course of her career, along with more than 1,000 criminal cases. As such, she possesses the extensive knowledge and experience necessary to help her clients achieve the favorable results they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, and she has achieved a long record of securing dismissals, acquittals and reductions of charges for her clients.

    Honored for her remarkable success, Ms. Gauli-Rufo has earned a Top 100 Trial Lawyer designation from The National Trial Lawyers along with the Federal Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in New Jersey from Corporate INTL in 2016. Recognized for her superior client service, she has also received the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys as well as 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo and the site's Clients' Choice Award.

    Licensed to practice since 1992, Ms. Gauli-Rufo obtained her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1991, and she is a 1984 graduate of Rutgers University. Upon receiving admission to the New Jersey State Bar Association, she worked as an associate at a prominent area law firm before joining the Federal Public Defender's Office as an assistant public defender in 1996. She served in that role until 2013 when she left to establish her own private practice.

    Ms. Gauli-Rufo is a trustee with the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and a member of the U.S. Attorney's Defense Counsel Advisory Committee, the Lawyers in Transition Committee and the Cedar Grove Municipal Alliance Committee. She is also a master of the Heckel Inn of Court, and she is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Essex County Bar Association, among her other professional affiliations.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Murder, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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    About Lorraine Gauli-Rufo

    Admitted: 1992, New Jersey

    Professional Webpage: https://lgaulirufo.com/


    • Selected as Boutique Federal Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year in New Jersey, Federal Criminal Law Boutique Law Firm, Corporate INTL Global Awards 2016, 2016
    • Selected as one of 10 Best Criminal Defense Attorneys by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 10 Best Criminal Law Attorney based upon Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorney, 2016
    • Highest Honors upon graduation from Law School, Summa Cum Laude, Seton Hall Law School, 1991
    • Selected to Top 100 New Jersey Criminal Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Criminal Trial Attorney by NJ Supreme Court, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chair - District Fee Arbitration Committee, 2016
    • Rutgers Heckel Inn of Court - Master -2013 through 2016, 2016
    • Member of NJ Bar Association, Lawyers in Transition Committee, 2015
    • New York State Bar Admittance, 2015
    • ACDL - NJ Trustee 2015 to present, 2015

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • NYC High School mock trial judge - Columbia Law School, 2018
    • Clemency Project Volunteer, 2014

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker at the Annual Boardwalk Seminar of New Jersey Association for Justice in Atlantic City on Direct Exam in the Criminal law Division, Speaker, Criminal Law, Lawyers, 2018
    • Speaker at Rutgers Law School Heckel Inn of Court, Speaker, E-Discovery, 2015
    • Speaker on Federal Criminal Procedure in Manhattan to newly admitted lawyers regarding NJ Federal Criminal Procedure, Speaker, Federal Criminal Procedure, PLI, 2014

    Representative Clients:

    •  Attorney, NY Emergency Room Doctor, Business Man, Florida Entrepreneur, Computer Technician, Podiatrist., 2019

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Obtained acquittal after trial in DNJ, Handled numerous federal criminal cases that resulted in below Guideline sentences including obtaining non-career guideline sentences for an otherwise career offender defendant. (the US v. Santiago). Successfully kept several clients out of jail on bail in the face allegations of violations., 2019

    Educational Background:

    • Recipient of Rutgers Presidential Merit Scholarship - Four Year, full tuition scholarship, 1980
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    Office Location for Lorraine Gauli-Rufo

    130 Pompton Avenue
    Verona, NJ 07044

    Phone: 646-960-7776

    Fax: 973-239-4310

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