Daniel R. Alonso is a Partner in the New York office of Buckley LLP. His practice focuses on white collar representation of corporations and individuals, internal investigations, complex civil litigation, monitorships, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance. He has represented public and private companies, audit committees, corporate executives, and government agencies, and has led numerous investigations and compliance reviews in Latin America, as well as in the United Kingdom and Asia.
Mr. Alonso brings more than 25 years of criminal, civil, and compliance experience to Buckley. He served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York for nearly a decade, including three years as Chief of the Criminal Division, and was later the Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. In between, Mr. Alonso was a litigation partner at an Am Law 100 firm, and just prior to joining Buckley he served as Managing Director and General Counsel at Exiger, a global compliance and risk management firm specializing in technology solutions for corporate compliance.
Over many years of public service, Mr. Alonso received numerous awards, including the New York City Bar Association’s Henry L. Stimson Medal, given to outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorneys; the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York’s Robert M. Morgenthau Award, for his contributions to improving the criminal justice system; and the Fund for Modern Courts’ John J. McCloy Award, for his contributions to improving the judicial system. He is also a four-time recipient of the Justice Department’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Mr. Alonso currently serves on the Attorney Grievance Committee for New York’s First Judicial Department, as well as the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct. He is also a member of the Integrity & Compliance Taskforce of the B20, the G20’s dialogue with the global business community. Previously, Mr. Alonso was a gubernatorial appointee to the New York State Commission on Public Integrity, and in 2009 was appointed Special Counsel to a New York State Senate Select Committee that investigated, and recommended the expulsion of, a senator convicted of domestic violence. He is a former co-chair of the New York State White Collar Crime Task Force, and the former chair of the Council on Criminal Justice of the New York City Bar Association.
A prolific writer, speaker, and commentator, Mr. Alonso’s articles have been published by the New York Law Journal, Business Crimes Bulletin, Foreign Policy, CFO Magazine, FCPA Blog, and Argentina’s La Nación. He recently published a chapter entitled “Initiative” in a new anthology about investigative techniques, The Art of Investigation (CRC Press 2020). Mr. Alonso has appeared on national news networks including MSNBC, Fox, and CNN, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, Vanity Fair, Daily Beast, Newsweek, New York Law Journal, and Variety. He is a native speaker of Spanish and a conversational Portuguese speaker, and has been invited to speak in both languages on corruption enforcement, compliance, independent monitorships, and money laundering, in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Spain, and Chile.
Mr. Alonso has substantial experience in corporate monitorships and similar independent roles, reviews, and investigations, including:
- Primary integrity monitor for a $3 billion construction project for New York City (New York City Department of Investigation)
- Independent monitor of Sanitation Salvage Corp. (appointed by New York City Business Integrity Commission)
- Court-appointed receiver in CFTC v. Rolando, et al. (appointed by U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut)
- Independent disciplinary authority for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (appointed by U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona)
- Special Counsel to a New York State Senate Select Committee charged with investigating a sitting Senator to determine whether he should be expelled from the Legislature following a criminal conviction
- Numerous investigations and compliance reviews in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, Uruguay, Bermuda, and Korea
- Adviser to two different Mexican states on public safety and crime reduction
Mr. Alonso received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1990, and his B.A. from Cornell University (with distinction) in 1987. From 1995-1996, he served as law clerk to Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa of the New York Court of Appeals.
Daniel R. Alonso was quoted on March 17, 2020 in a Wall Street Journal article, “Coronavirus disrupts U.S. court system,” which discussed decisions across the country to delay trials and limit public access to courthouses, including no new empaneling of grand juries in New York specifically. Alonso...In The News
Daniel R. Alonso was profiled on March 3, 2020 in a Latin Lawyer article, “Buckley hires LatAm-focused litigator,” which discussed Alonso’s move to Buckley and the experience he brings to the firm. Alonso said, “Buckley has an FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) practice in Washington, DC, but...In The News
Daniel R. Alonso profiled in Global Investigations Review article, "Buckley nets former compliance consultant”
Daniel R. Alonso was profiled on February 26, 2020 in a Global Investigations Review article, "Buckley nets former compliance consultant,” which discussed Alonso’s recent move to the firm. Alonso said, “It’s pretty exciting from my point of view to help companies that do business in Latin America...In The News
WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 19, 2020) – Buckley LLP , a premier national law firm focused on financial services, white collar defense, and complex civil litigation, announced that Daniel R. Alonso has joined the firm as a partner in its New York office. Alonso brings more than 25 years of white collar...Press Releases
Daniel R. Alonso was profiled on February 19, 2020 in a Law.com article, “Buckley hires ex-Vance deputy from consulting firm,” which reported on Alonso joining the firm and his background. Alonso, who joined Buckley from the consulting firm Exiger, noted that the work there was exciting but that he...In The News
Daniel R. Alonso profiled in Reuters article, "Ex-EDNY prosecutor leaves HSBC monitor firm for Buckley"
Daniel R. Alonso was profiled in a Reuters article, "Ex-EDNY prosecutor leaves HSBC monitor firm for Buckley," which reported on Alonso joining the firm and his prior experience, including Exiger. Alonso said, "Exiger was a fantastic experience but I had a yearning to go back to private law...In The News
"Op-ed: Prepare for the coronavirus scams: Learning from post-9/11 fraud" by Daniel R. Alonso (Daily News)
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Beatrice Kaufman sat in her Hamptons house watching the Twin Towers collapse. Although she lived and worked in Manhattan, her 6,000-square-foot apartment was being renovated, so she stayed at her country home instead. But that did not stop her from filing papers...Articles
The CARES Act will infuse more than $2 trillion into the U.S. economy — the largest such action in history. But if history is any guide, wherever there is a big pot of money, some people will look to steal it. Some desperate individuals might misrepresent their eligibility for unemployment benefits...Articles
"Guide to monitorships is essential because of lack of statutes, court precedent" co-authored by Daniel R. Alonso (Law.com)
With some regularity over the past 25 years, government actions against corporate actors have resulted in the imposition of independent monitors. “Monitor” can have multiple meanings, but is usually understood to be an independent third party appointed to ensure compliance with regulatory or court-...Articles
Los argentinos que han estado leyendo sobre el escándalo de los cuadernos pueden haberse sorprendido al leer recientemente que las autoridades de Estados Unidos se han interesado en investigar el asunto. ¿Los ejecutivos de negocios argentinos podrían ser interrogados por el FBI la próxima vez que...Articles
"Only criminals can clean up Argentina’s corruption" co-authored by Daniel R. Alonso (Foreign Policy)
In August, Argentina’s leading newspaper, La Nación , published an explosive report on public corruption. The newspaper obtained notebooks from a former government chauffeur that detailed tens of millions of dollars in bribes the driver delivered over a decade. Bribery was an open secret during the...Articles
“Independent monitor: An alternative for corporate oversight” co-authored by Daniel R. Alonso (La Nación)
En poco tiempo volverá a debatirse en la Cámara de Diputados el proyecto de ley que establece la responsabilidad penal de las personas jurídicas por hechos de corrupción, que contiene previsiones importantes para incentivar a las empresas a ser parte de la solución y no parte del problema. Pero un...Articles
In the days following President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement of his intention to nominate Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jay Clayton as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, countless observers have opined on how the SEC’s priorities may change in the upcoming administration. One...Articles
In a post on this site last fall, Prof. Veronica Root asked “What Does It Mean to be a Monitor?” The point of her piece was to explain how the term “monitor” describes a number of activities and assignments that can be quite different from one another. Prof. Root’s post faithfully described...Articles
"FinTech: The emerging financial crime compliance minefield" co-authored by Daniel R. Alonso (Business Crimes Bulletin)
More than ever, the intersection of technology and financial crime compliance (FCC) for financial institutions is dynamic terrain. At the same time, technology continues to improve, and sometimes disrupt the way in which consumers and businesses participate in the financial services industry. The...Articles
"Global corruption enforcement becomes focus of U.S. foreign policy" by Daniel R. Alonso (CFO Magazine)
The recent surge in enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) has now reared its head on Wall Street with an aggressive anti-bribery investigation into several large banks. While this specific inquiry focuses on allegations that banks are giving jobs to relatives of well-...Articles
Awards & Recognitions
- Henry L. Stimson Medal, New York City Bar Association
- Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice (Four-time recipient)
- John J. McCloy Award, Fund for Modern Courts
- Robert M. Morgenthau Award, District Attorneys Association of the State of New York
- AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
- Super Lawyers Criminal Defense: White Collar
- J.D., New York University School of Law, 1990
- B.A., Cornell University, 1987
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Tax Court
- Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York
- Chief Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office
- Member of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity
- Law Clerk, Hon. Joseph W. Bellacosa, New York Court of Appeals