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DLA Piper LLP (US)
1251 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States
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Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations

Position

Partner

Career

Jessica Masella represents corporations and individuals in criminal and regulatory proceedings, government investigations, and civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Jessica served for twelve years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of  the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. She also served as the Chief of the Narcotics Unit and, in that role, she supervised approximately 20 Assistant United States Attorneys in all aspects of their investigations and prosecutions. During her tenure as a prosecutor, Jessica tried eleven felony jury trials and handled the briefing and oral argument for a dozen appeals in the Second Circuit.

Jessica prosecuted a wide variety of crimes, including securities and commodities fraud, money laundering, wire and mail fraud, computer fraud, racketeering, narcotics, Hobbs Act robberies, murders and firearms crimes. Jessica conducted numerous extensive investigations and worked with multiple federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the SEC, the CFTC, the IRS, and the PCAOB. Jessica has been honored multiple times by the Department of Justice and other law enforcement organizations for her trial skills and contributions as a prosecutor, including with the Department’s prestigious Director’s Award for her work in connection with a massive identity theft fraud case.

Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office, Jessica was an associate at a prominent law firm for four years, where she worked on a combination of white collar and civil matters, including securities fraud cases.

Jessica also serves as a Lecturer-in-Law at the Columbia University School of Law, where she teaches a seminar on Issues in Federal Prosecution and is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of New York.

Education

J.D., Columbia University School of Law; B.A., Dartmouth College

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) is able to draw on the firm’s global network to handle government investigations and enforcement matters involving multiple jurisdictions. In 2018, the Dallas office was joined by Jason Hopkins and Jason Lewis from Greenberg Traurig LLPJoel Athey joined in Los Angeles from Holland & Knight LLPJeffrey Tsai joined in San Francisco from Alston & Bird LLP and the Chicago office welcomed Matt Hiller from the DOJ. Highlights for Washington DC’s John Rah included assisting Pfizer with the negotiation of a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the DOJ to resolve allegations that donations the client made to independent charity patient assistant programs were improper. In another standout matter, New York’s Karl Buch represented the Audit Committee of Cognizant Technology Solutions, successfully convincing the DOJ to decline charges following an investigation into potential FCPA violations; in a parallel case, he secured a settlement with the SEC in administrative proceedings. Gail Rodgers is engaged by GlaxoSmithKline on a number of government and internal investigations. The team is chaired by Jonathan King in Chicago and John Hillebrecht in New York; Jessica Masella in New York is also a name to note.