Jacquelyn M. Kasulis
Jacquelyn M. Kasulis is the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. As Acting U.S. Attorney, Jacquelyn is the chief federal law enforcement officer for a district comprising Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island in New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. The district serves over eight million residents through its Criminal Division, with approximately 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and its Civil Division, with approximately 60 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. The Criminal Division’s main office in Brooklyn has practice area sections including General Crimes, International Narcotics & Money Laundering, Organized Crime & Gangs, National Security & Cybercrime, Business & Securities Fraud, Public Integrity, and Civil Rights. The Long Island Criminal Division office in Central Islip is responsible for investigating and prosecuting the full range of federal crimes. The Civil Division, with a main office in Brooklyn and a branch office in Central Islip, is responsible for a wide range of affirmative and defensive litigation, including asset forfeiture, civil rights, environmental enforcement, programs fraud, financial litigation, and Civil RICO. An Appeals Division supervises appellate work for the Brooklyn and Long Island Criminal Divisions.
Jacquelyn started in the Office in January 2008 and has served in the General Crimes, Organized Crime, and Business & Securities Fraud Sections. She was appointed Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section in September 2014, and then Deputy Chief of the Business & Securities Fraud Section in November 2015. In April 2017, Jacquelyn was appointed Chief of the Business & Securities Fraud Section. In March 2019, she was appointed Acting Chief of the Criminal Division and became the Chief of the Criminal Division in June 2019. After leading the Criminal Division through the COVID-19 pandemic, she was appointed Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in March 2021.
While in the Office, Jacquelyn has conducted complex and wide-ranging criminal investigations and handled numerous jury trials and appeals. Her most notable cases include the prosecutions of Goldman Sachs, two former Goldman Sachs bankers and a Malaysian financier for their participation in a multi-billion dollar bribery scheme related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s investment development fund. Her trial convictions include the conviction of Martin Shkreli for securities fraud offenses related to two hedge funds and a pharmaceutical company he had founded, and a Gambino crime family associate for murder in-aid-of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, with predicate acts including two murders. Jacquelyn also prosecuted over 15 Genovese crime family members and associates, including three consecutive International Longshoremen’s Association union presidents, for their involvement in a thirty-year extortion scheme in which longshoremen were extorted at Christmastime every year at the behest of the Genovese crime family.
Jacquelyn worked as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York prior to joining the Office. She received her B.A. from Davidson College in 1998 and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2003.