• Biography
  • Prior Experience
  • Representative Matters

Biography

Maureen, a former Federal prosecutor, is Of Counsel with Calcagni & Kanefsky.  Maureen has extensive experience in all aspects of federal criminal matters.  She focuses her practice on cases heading toward litigation, and brings her experience to bear on criminal and regulatory issues, as well as internal investigations.

Prior Experience

Before joining Calcagni & Kanefsky, Maureen spent more than ten years working at a prestigious criminal-defense firm, at which she was integral in the defense of those accused of a variety of federal crimes, including mortgage fraud, bank fraud, identity theft, computer crimes, narcotics trafficking, firearms possession, and immigration fraud.  She also assisted in defending high-profile New Jersey officials accused of political corruption.

Before her practice in criminal defense, Maureen served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey.  She served in the Criminal Division, starting as the first designated federal-enclave prosecutor.  She also investigated and prosecuted matters involving narcotics trafficking, credit-card fraud, identity theft, Housing and Urban Development fraud, immigration fraud, federal-program fraud, firearms violations, bank robbery, and civil-rights violations.

Maureen started her legal career as a litigator at a prominent New York law firm, at which she was part of a team that secured one of the largest environmental-coverage verdicts.  Maureen also served as law clerk for the Honorable Judge Katharine S. Hayden, United States District Judge in the District of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

  • Assisted in defending public officials accused of political corruption and helped obtain acquittals on multiple counts of federal indictments.
  • Assisted in obtaining a significantly reduced sentence for school district employee charged with conspiracy, theft, and corruption.
  • Helped defend congressional candidate facing Federal Election Commission charges of election fraud, resulting in significantly reduced penalties.
  • Contributed to the defense of a bank official charged by both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FINRA with bank fraud and embezzlement, resulting in reduced penalties.
  • Successfully challenged the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s loss calculations and relevant conduct assessments in complex mortgage fraud scheme, resulting in substantially reduced sentence.
  • Assisted in defending a business owner accused of engaging in immigration fraud conspiracy, resulting in the avoidance of substantial incarceration.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Rutgers Law School – Newark, J.D. with Honors
  • Order of the Coif
  • Rutgers College, B.A.

Education

  • New Jersey
  • New York