Recognized since 2015
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
A former Assistant U.S. Attorney with a focus on public corruption and national security, Jacqueline Arango is co-chair of Akerman’s White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice. She leads a team including former federal prosecutors, senior enforcement lawyers at the SEC, and government lawyers representing corporations, financial institutions, boards of directors, and individuals in government investigations, regulatory enforcement matters, grand jury probes, internal investigations, and trials. A highly experienced litigator with over 50 jury trials, 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 anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, contractual disputes, securities and other class action defense, civil fraud claims, and insolvency matters.
Jacqueline counsels clients on international trade and economic sanctions matters. In the national security context of, she has handled numerous international weapons and sensitive technology trafficking cases concerning 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.
Prior to joining Akerman, Jacqueline served in various capacities in the U.S. Attorney’s office, including Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and National Security Section where she oversaw public corruption and civil rights cases, including the investigation and prosecution of federal, state, and local officials for bribery, conflict of interest, embezzlement, extortion, and other related offenses. In addition, Jacqueline oversaw the investigation, and prosecution of international and domestic terrorism cases. Prior to this work, Jacqueline served in the Narcotics Section, where, as Deputy Chief, she supervised 15 narcotics prosecutors and oversaw drug trafficking and money laundering investigations.
Contact & Links
- Three Brickell City Centre, Suite 1100
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Miami, FL 33131
- Florida, Florida State Bar
- Cuban American Bar Association - Member
- 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
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Federal Criminal Litigation Committee, Appointed by Chief Judge Moreno, 2009
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
- Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Miami (2018)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:
- Criminal Defense: White-Collar
- Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
- Recipient of numerous Special Achievement Awards from the United States Attorney's Office and commendations from various state and federal law enforcement agencies
- South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers 2008-2011, Listed for Government Attorneys
- Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, 1997
- Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2013, Listed for Criminal Law
- Daily Business Review's Second Annual Women in Law Honoree, 2015
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