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Jacqueline M. Arango

Chair, White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131

Jacqueline Arango is the chair of Akerman's White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice. As a highly experienced litigator, Jacqueline represents businesses and individuals in a broad range of white collar criminal defense and complex civil matters. Jacqueline represents clients in various industries, including health care and financial services. Jacqueline defends and resolves government investigations arising under criminal and civil statutes including False Claims Act (FCA), Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Jacqueline's practice includes internal corporate investigations, government regulatory matters, and compliance counseling. She also advises clients on a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including contractual disputes, securities and other class action defense, civil fraud claims, and insolvency matters.

Prior to joining Akerman, Jacqueline worked for the United States Attorney where she served in various capacities. Most recently, she was appointed Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and National Security Section where she oversaw public corruption and civil rights cases which included the investigation and prosecution of federal, state and local officials such as police officers, agents, prison superintendents, correctional officers, judges or other public officials for bribery, conflict of interest, embezzlement, extortion and other related offenses.

In this capacity, Jacqueline was also responsible for the supervision, investigation and prosecution of international and domestic terrorism cases. Before that, she was appointed to the Narcotics Section, where she was promoted to the Deputy Chief of that section and supervised 15 narcotics prosecutors and oversaw drug trafficking and money laundering investigations. She has tried in excess of 50 cases to conclusion before a jury in federal court. Jacqueline also litigated commercial cases in private practice before joining the United States Attorney's Office.

Jacqueline is also experienced handling international trade and economic sanctions matters. In the context of national security cases, she has handled numerous international weapons and sensitive technology trafficking cases involving the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Jacqueline has also served as an advisor to a United Nations subcommittee to prepare a resolution designed to enhance international cooperation in reducing small arms and light weapons proliferation.
Representative Experience
Defended Realauction.com in a two-week jury trial against allegation that online auction software used by local governments infringed a patent.
Awards & Recognition
The Best Lawyers in America 2015-2017, Listed in Florida for Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Daily Business Review's Second Annual Women in Law Honoree, 2015
Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2013, Listed for Criminal Law
Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, 1997
South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers 2008-2011, Listed for Government Attorneys
Recipient of numerous Special Achievement Awards from the United States Attorney's Office and commendations from various state and federal law enforcement agencies
Published Works & Lectures
Anti-Corruption, Information Governance, Cybersecurity and Privacy Briefing, Panelist, June 23, 2016
International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions (ILAT) Conference, Speaker, "Due Diligence in International Mergers & Acquisitions," February 26, 2016
ALM-Akerman U.S. Latin America Legal Summit, Moderator, "International Money Laundering: Following the Money Trail," November 10, 2015
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists Webinar, Speaker, "Case Study: AML Cases from Red Flags to Verdicts," October 21, 2015
ACI's Miami Anti-Corruption Boot Camp, Event Co-Chair and Speaker, "Government Investigations- Critical Updates on Voluntary Disclosure and Privilege Considerations," October 15, 2015
ACHE Western Florida Chapter Education & Dinner, Panelist, "New Government Focuses on Fraud & Abuse Enforcement," April 29, 2015
The Daily Business Review's A View From the Bench: Super Stars Mock Trial, Speaker, "Defense Counsel," April 24, 2015
World Services Group (WSG) Meeting of the Americas, Speaker, "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act", February 2014
Network of Trial Law Firms Seminar, Presenter, "When the Feds Knock on Your Door," Laguna Beach, CA, 2011
Professional Memberships & Activities
Cuban American Bar Association, Member
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Federal Criminal Litigation Committee, Appointed by Chief Judge Moreno, 2009
U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Admissions, Peer Review and Attorney Grievance, Appointed by Chief Judge Moreno, 2007
Related Professional Experience
United States Attorney's Office, Assistant United States Attorney, 1995-2011

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Jacqueline M. Arango

J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1986
B.A., University of South Carolina, 1983; Journalism
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