Caroline Goldner Cinquanto

Of Counsel

Criminal Law PA, NJ, Federal

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Caroline (Carrie) Goldner Cinquanto heads the federal criminal practice group at Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt, and Flores, LLC. Ms. Cinquanto has been successfully defending individuals investigated and charged with crimes in federal, state, and military courts since 1992. Carrie is among the most distinguished practicing federal attorneys for complex federal matters. Her resume includes a comprehensive academic background, meritorious military service, and a career in both the state courts of Philadelphia and federal public defender office of Texas, where she successfully handled hundreds of trials, grand jury investigations and federal appeals, in matters ranging from homicide to corporate tax fraud. Her accomplishments have earned her the respect of being a “go-to” attorney among her colleagues, judges, and even prosecutors.

In Ms. Cinquanto’s capacity as the head of GPFF’s federal criminal practice group, she not only handles her own impressive caseload, she also works with GPFF’s criminal team to ensure that GPFF clients receive top notch, aggressive, and comprehensive representation.

Carrie began her career as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps) in the United States Navy (Lieutenant) and then returned to service after 9/11 as an Air Force JAG (Captain), where she represented the accused in Courts-Martial, Article 32 Investigations, and Courts of Inquiry. She also has been appointed by commanding officers of various military bases to conduct the military’s equivalent of internal investigations. For her service, Carrie received the Navy-Marine Corps Medal of Commendation and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Ms. Cinquanto was the director of the Temple University Beasley School of Law graduate (LLM) Trial Advocacy Program. She supervised the program’s faculty and taught classes to experienced attorneys – including general counsels, law firm partners, and even a number of sitting judges.

Carrie has been honored as a lecturer by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Fair Criminal Trials Workshop in Xining (China), the Rule of Law Institute of the Catholic University of Lublin (Poland), and the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia.

In addition to her courtroom work, Carrie is currently an adjunct professor at Villanova University, where she teaches Trial Advocacy.  She is also the Director of Temple Law School’s John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Camp and Competition. This venue allows for middle and high school students from Philadelphia area schools to learn about the law, citizenship, and principles of democracy, while also developing critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. In her spare time, Carrie also does pro bono work with the International Law Institute and African Center for Legal Excellence, as well as teaching classes in Kampala (Uganda) and Zanzibar (Tanzania).

Professional Memberships & Leadership Positions

  • Pennsylvania Innocence Project: Board Member, Development Committee (co-chair)
  • International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence: teaching advocacy at international rule of law programs in Zanzibar, Tanzania and Kampala, Uganda
  • Represented corporate employee against bank fraud and money laundering charges involving a “mortgage rescue” program investigation brought by the federal Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.
  • Defending the lead physician accused of running a Medicare and Medicaid billing fraud ring by the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division.
  • Completed numerous, lengthy federal jury trials defending clients indicted in “pill mill” rings related to illegal distribution of pain medication prescriptions from area physicians’ offices.
  • Successful Third Circuit appeal showing prosecutorial misconduct in federal gun sale case.
  • Charges dismissed against alleged conspirator in fraudulent business takeover scheme after month long federal jury trial.
  • Represented foreign national in conspiracy to illegally export defense articles in violation of the ITAR, the Arms Export Control Act, and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Outcome enabled client to avoid deportation.
  • Defended bank employee against identity theft case involving educational institutions and local businesses.
  • Retained by international health insurance company as arbitration team litigator, leading negotiations and arbitrations of fraudulent medical claims, including over-payment reconciliation and recovery matters.
  • Co-founder of litigation consulting firm specializing in forensic collection, preservation, and examination of electronically stored information; e-Discovery processing; online e-Discovery hosting; e-Discovery consultation; and trial support.