Mary Fulginiti is a Stroz Friedberg Managing Director in the firm’s Los Angeles office, responsible for overseeing regulatory compliance matters, in addition to complex investigations related to fraud, intelligence and due diligence. Ms. Fulginiti has nearly twenty years of legal and investigative experience having served as an Assistant United States Attorney, a white-collar criminal and civil litigator, and a national correspondent for ABC News. Clients rely on Ms. Fulginiti as a trusted advisor given her following unique background in law, government and investigative media.
Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Ms. Fulginiti was a Managing Director at Kroll Advisory Solutions, a global investigations firm. While there, she conducted complex investigations and due diligence for government and private sector clients both domestically and abroad, which included monitoring, assessing and instituting best practices reviews for compliance.
Ms. Fulginiti was also an on-air ABC News national correspondent, with extensive media and entertainment industry relationships. She investigated and reported on a number of legal stories for “20/20,” “Primetime,” “Nightline” and “Good Morning America” on topics that probed into identity theft, murder, domestic violence, child abuse and cyber bullying, among others. She covered several high profile stories for the network, notably the death of Michael Jackson, the prosecution of Mary Winkler (the “Preacher’s Wife”) and the suicide of Megan Meier due to cyber bullying (“MySpace Suicide Case”). Ms. Fulginiti has also appeared as a legal analyst on NBC, CNN and MSNBC.
Before joining ABC, Ms. Fulginiti was a member of the White Collar Criminal Defense practice group at Jones Day, an international law firm, where she directed sophisticated white-collar matters involving tax fraud, extortion, money laundering, RICO and other criminal enterprises. She led numerous investigations and made presentations to the federal and state prosecutors’ offices in various jurisdictions on behalf of multi-national clients and high profile individuals. In addition, she successfully held the role of senior vice president at Control Risks Group, an international risk consultancy assisting numerous organizations in matters of corporate due diligence, theft, fraud and compliance (particularly the Patriot Act).
From 1996-2000, Ms. Fulginiti served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, tirelessly investigating and prosecuting a wide range of federal crimes, including bank, mail and wire fraud, narcotics trafficking, embezzlement and money laundering. During that time, she received special recognition from the U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation for her successful prosecution of one of the leaders of the East Coast Crips gang.