Jessica Masella is a litigation partner in DLA's New York Office. She represents corporations and individuals in criminal and regulatory proceedings, government investigations and civil litigation. Jessica joined DLA Piper as a Partner in the Litigation Group in 2016 from the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where she served for twelve years in the Criminal Division.

At the US Attorney's Office, Jessica spent two years as a prosecutor in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, where she played a leading role in prosecuting significant insider trading and related investigations that garnered that office high-profile recognition. She also served as the Chief of the Narcotics Unit and, in that role, she supervised approximately 20 Assistant United States Attorneys in all aspects of their investigations and prosecutions. During her tenure as a prosecutor, Jessica tried 11 felony jury trials and handled the briefing and oral argument for a dozen appeals in the Second Circuit.

Jessica prosecuted a wide variety of crimes, including securities and commodities fraud, money laundering, wire and mail fraud, computer fraud, racketeering, narcotics, Hobbs Act robberies, murders and firearms crimes. Jessica has been honored multiple times by the Department of Justice and other law enforcement organizations for her trial skills and contributions as a prosecutor, including with the Department's prestigious Director's Award for her work in connection with a massive identity theft fraud case.

Since joining DLA Piper, among other matters, Jessica has represented an individual charged in the Southern District of New York for bribery and fraud offenses, an international company conducting an internal investigation relating to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, an audit firm in a securities fraud investigation conducted by the DOJ and the SEC, and an international commodities trading firm conducting an internal investigation of fraud by one of its traders.

Prior to joining the US Attorney's Office, Jessica was an associate at a prominent law firm for four years, where she worked on a combination of white collar and civil matters, including securities fraud cases.

Jessica also serves as a Lecturer-in-Law at the Columbia University School of Law, where she teaches a seminar on Issues in Federal Prosecution.