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Rankings and Recognition

Cheryl A. Krause has been consistently identified as among the Best Lawyers in America for her white collar criminal defense practice since 2010 and has been recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” by the National Association of Women Business Owners and Philadelphia Business Journal, a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by American Lawyer Media and The Legal Intelligencer, and an “Up and Coming” lawyer for Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations by Chambers USA.

With her background as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and a law clerk to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ms. Krause brings superb advocacy skills to the defense of companies and individuals.

Ms. Krause has successfully represented major banking institutions, media companies, private equity firms, and other companies in domestic and international government investigations, Securities and Exchange Commission proceedings, securities class actions, contract disputes, and general commercial litigation. She has briefed and argued numerous appellate cases and has handled large-scale internal investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act matters, and antitrust cases in China, Korea, and Eastern Europe. Her extensive courtroom experience includes federal and state courts in multiple jurisdictions.

Ms. Krause is co-author of the United States chapter of the Global Legal Insights - Bribery & Corruption (First Edition) book covering bribery and corruption law in 27 jurisdictions. The publication provides an overview of the law and enforcement regime, enforcement activity during the past two years, issues relating to investigation and enforcement decisions, corporate liability, and proposed reforms in the years ahead.

Ms. Krause has taught Evidence, CyberCrime, and appellate advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has published and lectured in many venues on the handling of internal investigations, developments in criminal law, sentencing issues, terrorism, and combating computer crime. Before entering private practice, Ms. Krause was a lecturer at Stanford and Columbia Law Schools, and served for five years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In that capacity, she handled the investigation, prosecution, and appeals of domestic and international bank fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, and public corruption cases.

Ms. Krause speaks conversational Spanish and French.


University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1989, Summa cum laude, 1989, Phi Beta Kappa
Stanford Law School, J.D., 1993, With distinction, Senior Features Editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review, Co-Chair of Women of Stanford Law, first prize in the Marion Rice Kirkwood Moot Court Competition, recipient of the Steve M. Block Civil Liberties Award, Order of the Coif

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

New York


Honorable Alex Kozinski, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States


Outside Counsel, Board of Ethics of the City of Philadelphia (2007-present)
Board Member and Co-Chair of Elections Subcommittee, The Committee of Seventy’s Board of Directors (2007-present)
Executive Committee, Criminal Law Committee of the Federal Bar Association, Philadelphia Chapter (2003-present)Advisory Committee, Professional Women’s Roundtable of Philadelphia (2005-present) 
Volunteer Attorney, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (2005-present)
Criminal Justice Act Panel, Appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to represent indigent defendants in federal criminal cases (2005-2008) 
Lecturer, Evidence and Cybercrime, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2003 - 2006) 
Steering Committee, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Division, White Collar Crime Section, Philadelphia Chapter (2004-2006) 
Regional Representative, Stanford Law School Alumni Association (2003-present)
Barrister, American Inns of Court, University of Pennsylvania Law School Chapter (2003-2005)
Delegate for People-to-People Criminal Defense Lawyer Delegation to China, studying the Chinese criminal justice system (Oct. 2005) 
Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2001-2003) 
Lecturer, Trial Practice, Columbia Law School (2002) 
Founder and President, Stanford Law School Alumni Association of New York (1996-1998) 
Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, Advocacy and Judicial Decision-Making, Stanford Law School (1996) 
Philadelphia Bar Association 
Pennsylvania Bar Association 
American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Section