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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, and monitorships. He also advises clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.S. sanctions regimes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and anti-money laundering under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), among other matters. 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, and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Financial Compliance. 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.

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Awards and Recognitions

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

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1987

Admissions

  • 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

Government Service

    • 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

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