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About Stefan D Cassella

As a federal prosecutor, Stefan D. Cassella was one of the federal government's leading experts on asset forfeiture and money laundering law for over thirty years. He now serves as an expert witness and consultant to law enforcement agencies and the private sector as the CEO of AssetForfeitureLaw, LLC.

As a Deputy Chief of the Justice Department’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section and later as the Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Cassella litigated some of the Government’s most significant forfeiture and money laundering cases and drafted many of the federal forfeiture and money laundering statutes.

He is the author of Asset Forfeiture Law in the United States, a one-volume resource designed to lead the practitioner, prosecutor, judge and policy maker through the labyrinth of statutes, rules and cases that govern this dynamic area of the law, of the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Digest, a monthly summary of published cases, and of more than 40 law review articles on money laundering and forfeiture. His second treatise, Federal Money Laundering, will be published in 2019.

He has trained state and federal prosecutors and agents and their counterparts in the United States and numerous foreign countries, including Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Jordan, Israel, Bosnia, Latvia, Kenya and South Africa, and gave over 200 lectures at the National Advocacy Center at the University of South Carolina.


Present Consultant, Asset Forfeiture Law
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Department of Justice ‐ Criminal Division

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asset forfeiture

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