Shirley U. Emehelu

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Special Prosecutions Division
U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey

SHIRLEY EMEHELU is an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.  She has been with the U.S. Attorney’s Office since September 2010.  For four years, she was an AUSA in the Economic Crimes Unit, where she served as the lead prosecutor in a diverse array of complex white collar criminal cases, which included the investigation and prosecution of:  insider trading rings profiting from the inside information of pharmaceutical and medical device companies; economic espionage involving theft of company trade secrets from two medical device companies; international bribery, money laundering, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations; a hedge fund Ponzi scheme; identity theft and bank and credit card fraud operations; a transnational wire fraud scheme; mortgage fraud schemes; and various criminal tax matters including tax evasion and the filing of false returns by tax return preparers.  Ms. Emehelu is currently an AUSA in the Special Prosecutions Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where she investigates and prosecutes public corruption cases, many of which involve financial fraud in some capacity.  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Emehelu worked as a litigation associate in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where her practice focused on internal corporate investigations, federal grand jury and regulatory investigations, corporate compliance, and complex commercial litigation.  While at Debevoise, Ms. Emehelu also had a diverse pro bono practice in the areas of asylum, landlord-tenant, domestic relations, criminal appellate, and Social Security disability law.  Additionally, Ms. Emehelu served as an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University in the Fall of 2014, where she taught White Collar Crime in the University’s Justice Studies department.  Ms. Emehelu clerked for the Honorable James R. Spencer in the Eastern District of Virginia.  She graduated from Yale Law School in 2003, where she was an Editor for the Yale Law Journal and a Member of the Journal’s Admissions Committee.  She graduated with distinction from Yale University in 2000 with a B.A. in Political Science.  Ms. Emehelu is also a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and loves spending time with her husband, her two children, and her elderly pug.