Education: Binghamton University (’11) and New York University School of Law (’14)
Bar Admission: New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
Additional Credentials: Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH), National Trans Bar Association member, National LGBT Bar Association member, and New York City Bar Association Criminal Law Committee member.
Jessica Rinaldi is a senior investigator, facilitator and coach focusing on resolving sensitive issues that arise in the workplace. She is an experienced facilitator and speaker on a broad variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. She has been trained on facilitating sessions on EEO and professional conduct, collaboration and communication, anger management, and creating a culture of belonging. As an attorney and licensed private investigator, she conducts in-house investigations of sensitive workplace complaints and of workplace misconduct, including discrimination, harassment, bullying, fraud, and other policy matters.
Jessica served as Deputy Chief of the Hate Crimes Unit where she was in charge of the pre-arrest and post-arrest investigations and prosecutions of hate crimes in Manhattan of all levels ranging from harassment to homicide. As an assistant district attorney, Jessica has interviewed over a thousand witnesses, conducted over one hundred grand jury presentations, and first- and second-chaired numerous jury and bench trials. She simultaneously served as a line assistant in the office’s Trial Division where she was responsible for the prosecution and investigation of all types of street-level violent crimes. Jessica has extensive experience in all aspects of reactionary and long-term targeted investigations, including utilization of search warrants, trap-and-traces/ping orders, wire applications, subpoenas, and cooperators. She co-chaired the Office’s Transgender, Gender Non-conforming, and Non-Binary Rights (“TGNCNB”) Working Group, which is a collection of various agencies, community stakeholders, affinity groups, and non-profits aimed at ensuring equity and fairness for all participants/aspects of the criminal legal system for those who are transgender, gender nonconforming/expansive, and non-binary. She also served as an executive board member of the LGBTQ+ Lawyers Association.
Jessica also spent three years in private practice as a senior associate at a large international law firm, where her practice focused primarily on white collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation. She has represented clients under investigation by the Department of Justice, New York State Department of Financial Services, Internal Revenue Service, and the Senate Finance Committee, and has extensive experience conducting sensitive internal investigations for various pharmaceutical and life science companies, as well as those in the insurance, finance, and banking industries. Jessica is conversational in Italian.