Rebekah is a former Assistant US Attorney with the US Attorney's Office in Miami, Florida and a Special Attorney with the Department of Justice's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section in Cleveland. She now focuses her practice on defending complex domestic and international white collar criminal cases. She has successfully represented foreign governments, multinational, public and private corporations, brokerage firms and banks, airlines and shipping lines, maritime brokers, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, and industrial, manufacturing and agricultural companies, as well as their officers, directors and employees.
Rebekah heads our global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)/anticorruption and compliance lawyers, of which there are more than 50 professionals located in the US, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. She counsels and defends on matters involving a wide range of issues, including the FCPA, the US PATRIOT Act, money laundering, environmental crime, Internet fraud and identity theft, tax evasion, bank, securities and tax fraud, customs and embargo violations, asset seizures, forfeitures and healthcare fraud and abuse. She has written FCPA corporate compliance programs and conducted FCPA trainings, audits and internal investigations for Fortune 100 and 500 companies around the globe.
She also leads the firm’s Criminal Justice Act federal trial team for the Southern District of Florida. She is an active participant in the firm’s Women’s Initiative Group and Lateral Hire Committee.
In 2010, Rebekah was inducted as a Fellow into the American Bar Foundation. An authority on white collar criminal defense, she was named to Who’s Who Legal 100 (2014 and 2015) as one of the top lawyers in the area of Business Crime Defense in the US. She is consistently named as one of Florida’s Super Lawyers in her field, a ranking that places her among the top 5% of all Florida’s lawyers. She also has been listed each year in The Best Lawyers in America since 2003, recognized for her high-caliber work in the practice areas of Criminal Defense: General Practice and Criminal Defense: White-Collar. She has also been named as one of Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine each year since 2004, and is regularly listed in South Florida Legal Guide as one of South Florida’s leading lawyers in her field of white collar criminal defense. In 2010, she was selected by South Florida Legal Guide as one of eight women lawyers who had excelled in their legal careers.
Rebekah regularly presents at international conferences on such topics as FCPA M&A due diligence, implementing FCPA compliance plans in Latin America, and how to conduct an FCPA and anti-corruption internal investigations. She has also been a panel member for the University of Miami School of Law’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy and serves on the Law Review Alumnae Advisory Committee for the University of Miami School of Law. She has also lectured as an adjunct professor on ethics and professional responsibility at Florida International University’s School of Law.
Rebekah also gives presentations to banks, auditors, and public and private industries on such topics as antimoney-laundering and FCPA compliance; cyber crime; the Federal Sentencing Guidelines; preserving the lawyer/client privilege and lawyer work product doctrine in domestic and international corporate investigations; and voluntary disclosure to the US Department of Justice.
Rebekah has an extensive 30-year background in immigration and nationality law, particularly in representing individual and multinational clients. She represents the interests of both individuals and US businesses that employ non-US nationals. Rebekah assists multinational corporations with the preparation and filing of various petitions with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which include such visa categories as EB-5s, Es, H-1Bs, Ls, Os, Ps, Rs and TNs. She and her immigration team assist with the preparation of exchange visitor (J-1) visas for non-US nationals who are coming to the US to participate in programs authorized by the Department of State. She and her team also have extensive experience with PERM labor certifications, immigrant visas, and citizenship and naturalization matters. Rebekah has special experience in the areas of non-immigrant and immigrant visas for high-net-worth individuals, multinational executives and specialized knowledge workers throughout Latin America and Europe.