Maria Cruz Melendez

Maria Cruz Melendez

Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
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Maria Cruz Melendez is a partner in Skadden’s white-collar defence and investigations team based in New York. She formerly served as a federal prosecutor for the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. She was the deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section, the EDNY’s corruption section, and most recently served as deputy chief of the civil rights section. Ms Cruz Melendez counsels on domestic and cross-border investigations and civil and administrative proceedings conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Office of Foreign Asset Control in connection with US securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other domestic and international regulatory enforcement matters. She also advises corporations on prevention, oversight and compliance programmes designed to address sexual harassment in the workplace; issues concerning civil rights; diversity, equity and inclusion; and related matters. In recognition of her work, Ms Cruz Melendez was included on Lawdragon’s inaugural list of 500 Leading Litigators in America in 2022.

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