History

Mr. Serafini has 34 years of experience practicing law.  His experience encompasses both private practice and public representation.  He has been in the private practice of law in Ft. Lauderdale and around the South Florida area for the past 13 years.  After spending 11 years with large firms, in 2012 Mr. Serafini began Serafini Law Office, LLC.

Richard Serafini has an extensive background in representing persons and businesses in white collar, enforcement, and complex civil cases. Mr. Serafini is particularly experienced in jury trials having tried complex cases throughout the United States.

The industries in which Mr. Serafini has represented clients include securities, health care, banking, education, and energy. He is also very experienced in civil RICO, asset forfeiture, money laundering, accounting issues, internal investigations, and corporate compliance issues.

While at the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Serafini received numerous awards for service and acheivement including a Special Commendation Award from the Criminal Division of DOJ.

Mr. Serafini has served as an expert commentator for a number of news outlets. He has been interviewed about white collar crime and securities enforcement by the following news services: The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Wall Street Journal, The Sun-Sentinel, CNN, CNBC, USA Today Radio, CBS News Radio, news radio stations in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Miami.

Before moving into private practice, Mr. Serafini served as a senior litigator in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC, for 11 years.  During his tenure at DOJ Mr. Serafini specialized in fraud and organized crime prosecution.  Mr. Serafini joined DOJ after serving as a supervisor in the New York office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  He supervised attorneys assigned to two branches of enforcement.

Mr. Serafini began his legal career as a local prosecutor in New York where he served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office and as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York Attorney General’s Office.

Mr. Serafini graduated from the Temple University School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1979.  He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 with a B.A.