Monique T. Abrishami

Monique T. Abrishami


Ms. Abrishami has a dozen years of litigation experience and has tried over fifteen cases to judgment. She handles sensitive, high-profile, and fast-paced investigations and has appeared in state and federal district, bankruptcy, and appellate courts throughout the country.

After clerking for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Ms. Abrishami joined the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as a Trial Attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division, where she investigated and prosecuted public officials—including sitting U.S. Senator Robert Menendez—in corruption and fraud cases nationwide.

Ms. Abrishami has since developed a multifaceted portfolio in private practice.

Ms. Abrishami represents organizations and individuals under investigation or participating in inquiries by the Department of Justice, Congress, the IRS, and other federal and state entities. She advocates on behalf of her clients with government officials and facilitates interactions with media to forestall negative consequences for clients, and she manages crises as they arise to prevent worst-case scenarios from being realized. Where matters proceed to indictment, she navigates clients through the justice system to achieve the best possible outcome.

Ms. Abrishami conducts efficient internal investigations on behalf of clients involving, for example, allegations of multimillion-dollar frauds, inquiries regarding use of federal grant funds, and questions concerning compliance with federal laws and regulations. Where appropriate, she assists clients with efforts to report wrongdoing to government entities and then cooperate with subsequent inquiries.

Ms. Abrishami handles complex civil litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants, which has included representing the following: state and tribal entities in opioid lawsuits, a high net-worth business owner disputing with his partner over the future of their companies, a whistleblower who received an eight-figure settlement from a defense contractor, two national construction companies in a multimillion-dollar dispute with a supplier, a non-profit organization facing a multimillion dollar tort suit, and plaintiffs recovering insurance proceeds for mass tort liability in complex bankruptcies.

Ms. Abrishami is fluent in Spanish.

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  • Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, J.D. 2009
  • Wellesley College, summa cum laude, B.A. 2006
  • Montgomery County Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, Member
  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, Member
  • ABA White Collar Crime Committee, Ethics Subcommittee, Chair
  • HNBA Criminal Law Section, Vice-Chair
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Member
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Maryland