Pablo Quinones

Adjunct Professor of Law (Fall term), Cornell Tech
Contact Information
Cornell Tech
2 West Loop Rd.
New York, NY 10044


Professional Biography

Pablo Quiñones has more than 20 years of experience in finding solutions to complex legal problems. His diverse experience and team-based approach to representing companies and individuals helps clients achieve better results when responding to government investigations and defending against white-collar prosecutions. Pablo’s diverse experience includes working as a federal fraud prosecutor, a litigation partner of a global law firm, corporate counsel at financial and healthcare companies, and in legal academia.

Pablo served as a prosecutor for more than 10 years, including as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and as a Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. At the SDNY, Pablo served on the office’s prestigious Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, handling high-profile insider trading, market manipulation, accounting fraud, and investment fraud cases, including the insider trading prosecution of a portfolio manager at a $7 billion hedge fund and the investment fraud prosecution and jury trial of a Wall Street CEO profiled in the American Greed episode, “The Sky’s the Limit.”

At the Fraud Section, Pablo served as chief of a specialized unit that helped develop and implement government enforcement strategies and policies for the prosecution of financial crimes, and provide training to the largest group of criminal fraud prosecutors in the nation. Some of his accomplishments include developing corporate enforcement policies; promoting the evaluation of corporate compliance programs and monitors; approving criminal charges for the 2016 and 2017 National Health Care Fraud Takedowns; overseeing BP’s compliance and process safety monitorships arising from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico; and, serving as the lead Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) coordinator for the prosecution of cybercrimes and the collection of digital evidence.

Pablo also has more than 10 years of prior experience in private practice, including as a litigation partner at Reed Smith LLP, general counsel of an investment company, and associate general counsel of a healthcare company. Pablo has both actively handled litigation in-house and managed outside counsel for litigation, corporate transactions, and regulatory matters.

While at Reed Smith, Pablo oversaw the Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense practice group and Latin America Business team in New York. In addition to conducting internal investigations for companies and handling complex civil litigation, Pablo represented companies and individuals involved in DOJ, SEC, state Attorney Generals, and other government investigations and prosecutions. His achievements and peer recognition led to his selection by Super Lawyers as an outstanding attorney for Criminal Defense White Collar, New York Metro Area, in 2013 and 2014.

His in-house and outside counsel experience are particularly valuable to clients seeking to manage legal costs without compromising quality representation.

Most recently, Pablo served as Executive Director of the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement (PCCE) at NYU School of Law, where he remains a Senior Fellow and Editor of its law blog, Compliance & Enforcement. With PCCE, he helps shape optimal enforcement policy, guide firms in developing more effective and robust compliance programs, and enhance education in the field of corporate compliance and enforcement in several areas, such as foreign corrupt practices, cybersecurity, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency, financial fraud, and corporate monitors.

Pablo also has been appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at two top-tier law schools. At NYU School of Law, he co-teaches a course on Corporate Crime and Financial Misdealing. And, at Cornell Law School, he teaches a course on Cyber Enforcement, Regulation and Policy at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City.


A.B., Cornell University
J.D., University of Michigan Law School