Former federal prosecutor Abigail Peluso is an accomplished trial lawyer with broad experience handling sensitive and multifaceted criminal and civil cases. She focuses on advising clients dealing with an array of complex legal issues, including in government enforcement actions, internal and external investigations, and white collar criminal matters.
Abbie served for over 11 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. Abbie led civil investigations involving False Claims Act violations, government contracting fraud, research grant fraud, and allegations of employment discrimination. Abbie also prosecuted complex criminal cases, including matters involving public corruption, financial fraud, and health care fraud. As a Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section, she trained and supervised new federal prosecutors, and she also led the Office’s Human Trafficking Program, supervising all sex trafficking and labor trafficking matters in the district.
Abbie has led teams through nearly a dozen trials, including both jury and bench trials, and she has briefed and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She has a keen ability to communicate effectively with, and relate to, clients, witnesses, juries, and the court. Abbie is adept at preparing witnesses to testify under challenging circumstances and conducting investigations involving potentially high-profile and sensitive allegations. In addition, health care industry clients particularly value Abbie’s profound understanding of the civil and criminal aspects of heath care fraud issues and her experience in managing complex investigations into billing practices and insurance claims.
Earlier in her career, Abbie was a member of a global litigation team at a large, international law firm, working on health care fraud, consumer protection, products liability, and class action lawsuits. She also handled pro bono matters, including civil rights lawsuits and political asylum applications.
- Led prosecution team in a complex case involving a 15-count indictment, three defendants, and allegations regarding a decade-long conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
- Conducted a joint investigation with the DOJ’s Civil Fraud Section of a corporation and six individuals related to fraudulent billing practices at a major hospice company. Served as a trial attorney for the criminal trial, including handling all expert testimony.
- Conducted a civil investigation of a medical practitioner accused of fraudulent billing practices and served as a trial attorney in the criminal trial, including handling the direct examination of all experts and cross-examination of the defense expert.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2007
Regional Champion, National Moot Court Team
Best Oralist Award, Intraschool Moot Court
University of Wisconsin, B.A., Legal Studies, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Legal Aid Chicago Ambassador’s Board
Women's White Collar Defense Association
Chicago Chapter, Member
Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola University School of Law (2015-2017)
Honors & Awards
Illinois Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense Law: White Collar, Law Bulletin Media Leading Lawyers (2022)
FBI Director’s Award for Superior Performance (2013)
“Hot Topics 2022: Focus on Infrastructure and Pandemic Relief Funds,” (co-moderator) American Bar Association (ABA) Civil False Claims 2022 Virtual Conference (September 14, 2022)
“An Allied Front Against Ransomware,” (co-author) Best Lawyers Legal Insights (November 4, 2021)