Attorney Profile

Dennis C. Carletta
Partner
TEL: (973) 239-5700 | FAX: (973) 239-3400 | dcarletta@oslaw.com     PDF | VCARD


Dennis Carletta focuses his practice on representing individuals and corporations in white collar criminal matters and internal investigations. A former Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Carletta has significant litigation and trial experience, having spent more than fifteen years investigating and prosecuting violations of federal criminal law.

In his prior career as an AUSA, Mr. Carletta was assigned to the National Security Unit (NSU) of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, and formerly served as NSU’s Acting Chief. Mr. Carletta also served as the District's National Security Cyber Specialist, and in that capacity, worked with the United States intelligence community to help oversee sensitive and classified investigations of cyber intrusions into U.S. companies by foreign actors. Additionally, Mr. Carletta routinely handled matters impacting the country's national security interests, including the prosecution of numerous international and domestic terrorism cases. His experience also includes the prosecution of traditional white-collar offenses including bank fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, defense contracting fraud, export violations, immigration fraud, and major fraud against the U.S. government, among others. Prior to his work in the National Security Unit, Mr. Carletta served in the Office's Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, where he investigated and prosecuted large-scale, international narcotics trafficking networks, as well as the unlawful distribution of prescription opiates by medical and pharmaceutical organizations. During his tenure as an AUSA, Mr. Carletta was honored by the U.S. Attorney General, the Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation for the successful prosecutions of cases involving the unlawful export of sensitive electronics components to entities affiliated with Russian military and intelligence services, as well as the illicit manufacture and sale of weapons of mass destruction on the Darkweb.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney's office in 2005, Mr. Carletta worked as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York. Following his employment with the Kings County District Attorney's office, Mr. Carletta was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps, where he served with distinction as a prosecutor and legal advisor for the 3d Infantry Division, Division Artillery Brigade. In 2003, Mr. Carletta was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious service and wartime contributions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Honors & Awards

  • Recipient, Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Prosecutor of the Year Award (2017) for the successful investigation and prosecution of individuals who fraudulently utilized the Student Exchange Visitor Program to engage in white-collar alien smuggling and harboring unauthorized aliens for commercial profit
  • Recipient, Attorney General's Award (2016), and Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Prosecutor of the Year Award (2015), acknowledging the successful investigation and prosecution of individuals who smuggled over$65 million in sensitive electronics components to entities affiliated with Russian military and intelligence services
  • Recipient, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director's Award (2015) and Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Prosecutor of the Year Award (2015) for the successful investigation and prosecution of individuals who distributed deadly toxins and trafficked firearms over encrypted, internet based platforms
  • Recipient, New Jersey Law Enforcement Award from the NJ Bias Crime Officer's Association (2013), for the district's first prosecution under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act, resulting in the convictions of three white supremacists accused of race-based assaults
  • Recipient of New York/New Jersey Regional OCDETF Awards for investigation and prosecution of large scale international narcotics distribution networks in Operation La Turista (2010) and Operation Red Line (2008)
  • Awarded Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service, Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003)

Practice Areas
Business Litigation
Crisis Management
Government Regulation
Health Care
White Collar Defense and Investigations

Admissions
  • State of New Jersey
  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, D.N.J.
  • U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y.

Education
  • Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (J.D. 1994), Editor-in-Chief, Touro Law Journal
  • Binghamton University, State University of New York (B.A. 1991)