Michael J. Rinaldi


  • Michael J. Rinaldi
  • Phone: +1 215 979 1126

    Import to Address Book

  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
  • Duane Morris LLP
    901 New York Avenue N.W., Suite 700 East
    Washington, DC 20001-4795

Michael J. Rinaldi practices in the area of litigation with a focus on white-collar criminal defense, regulatory investigations, and complex business litigation.

Mr. Rinaldi routinely represents businesses, institutions, and individuals in matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state criminal and regulatory agencies.  His practice includes defending clients in SEC investigations, civil enforcement actions, and administrative proceedings.  He also represents a wide range of businesses and individuals in criminal and regulatory inquiries and counsels clients on matters involving the securities laws, international sanctions, anti–money laundering (AML) rules, cryptocurrency and digital assets, and professional conduct regulations.  He leads internal investigations into alleged employee or executive misconduct.

Before joining Duane Morris, Mr. Rinaldi served as Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In that position, Mr. Rinaldi investigated, prosecuted, and supervised the investigation and prosecution of financial crimes, including securities fraud, bank fraud, intellectual property crimes, and money laundering. He litigated all stages of criminal prosecutions, including through trial. Mr. Rinaldi also managed relationships with regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Prior to his service at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Rinaldi served as a trial attorney in the Securities and Financial Fraud Unit of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, investigating and litigating matters related to securities fraud, commodities fraud, procurement fraud, and insider trading. Before his work for the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Rinaldi was senior trial counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Rinaldi received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his undergraduate degree from Villanova University. He began his career by clerking for the Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr., of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Mr. Rinaldi is a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Previously, Mr. Rinaldi served as an elected School Director in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and was appointed Treasurer of the School District.


  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2002
    - Senior Editor, Journal of Constitutional Law
  • Villanova University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999
    - Phi Beta Kappa


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2021—present
  • U.S. Department of Justice
    - Deputy Chief, Economic Crimes, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2018—2021
    - Trial Attorney, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, 2016—2018
  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
    - Lecturer in Law, 2017—present
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
    - Senior Trial Counsel, 2010—2016
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    - Associate, 2005—2010
  • Arnold & Porter LLP
    - Associate, 2003—2005
  • Delaware Court of Chancery
    - Law Clerk to the Hon. Leo E. Strine, Jr., 2002—2003

Board Memberships

  • Rose Valley Swimming Pool Corporation
    - Board Member, 2022—present 
  • Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board
    - School Director, 2007—2011
    - Treasurer, 2009—2010

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Regulatory/Sanctions and Cryptocurrency Litigation," Duane Morris Fintech General Counsel Roundtable, Webinar, December 2, 2022

Media Hits

  • Quoted, "What's Next: Cryptocurrency Regulation Boom + Malpractice Lawsuit Faults Law Firm Tech Boom + Another Social Media Patent Suit," The Recorder, October 27, 2021