Joanne Fine DeLena
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney
Joanne Fine DeLena recently left the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Washington D.C. Executive Office for United States Attorneys, General Counsel’s Office, as well as with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Control Division in Arlington, Virginia.
Justice Department Career. Ms. DeLena spent 17 years with the Justice Department, four years of which as an Assistant United States Attorney serving detail assignment with the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys in Washington D.C. At the General’s Counsel Office, Ms. DeLena provided legal and ethics advice to 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices and senior management regarding conflicts of interest, misuse of position, and employment litigation. Before, Ms. DeLena prosecuted federal criminal cases—including complex narcotics and violent crime cases and Title III wiretap investigations— as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida.
DEA Diversion Control Division. As a federal prosecutor, Ms. DeLena was assigned to assist the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to develop and enforce effective diversion control policies often in close coordination with DEA Special Agents, Diversion Investigators, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country. Ms. DeLena assisted the DEA in civil, criminal, and administrative (show cause) investigations involving pharmacies, physicians, distributors, and manufacturers.
Education & Admission. Ms DeLena received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University Law Center in Florida. She is admitted to practice in Florida and Massachusetts, before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as in the Southern District of Florida. Prior to her career as a federal prosecutor, Ms. DeLena worked as an Assistant Legal Counsel for the nation’s largest fully accredited Sheriff’s Office in Broward County, Florida. Ms. DeLena serves the Firm as an independent local counsel.
Ms. DeLena offers clients an unusually broad spectrum of federal experience that includes working on matters across the country.