Serina Vash is the Managing Partner of the New Jersey Office of Herman Jones LLP. A seasoned former federal prosecutor and litigator, Serina has served for over two decades in the public, private and academic sectors. Her practice focuses on government and internal investigations, pre/post transactional due diligence and risk management, compliance and board training, data privacy and cybersecurity, IPO readiness, and anti-harassment/civility in the workplace. Serina also advises clients on governance, compliance, and enterprise risk management issues, and specializes in creating and augmenting corporate compliance programs and trainings for corporate boards and C-Suite executives.
Before joining Herman Jones, Serina served as General Counsel and Executive Director of Governance, Risk and Compliance at RANE Corp., a due diligence and risk management advisory start-up. Serina also served as the first Executive Director of NYU Law School’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement (2014-2017). Hired by NYU in 2014, Serina developed the fledgling program into a leading law and policy program, dedicated to developing a richer and deeper understanding of the causes of corporate misconduct and the nature of effective enforcement and compliance.
Serina served for twelve years in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, from 2002 to 2014. There, she supervised and prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes, including securities fraud, money laundering, structuring, organized crime and racketeering, cybercrime, national security, and other financial frauds. In 2010, Serina became the first Chief of the Office’s General Crimes Unit. In that role, Serina developed and implemented a didactic curriculum for training new AUSAs hired in the district. She also served as Acting Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, Senior Litigation Counsel in the Organized Crime/Gang Unit and the National Security Unit, and a member of the Office’s Trial Mentorship Program.
Prior to becoming an AUSA, Serina served as the first law clerk to the Honorable Faith S. Hochberg of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She cut her teeth as a litigator in the New York office of Cahill Gordon & Reindel from 1995 to 1999. Serina graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University Law School.
Serina’s academic research and writing focuses on behavioral ethics and she speaks regularly on behavioral ethics, effective compliance, cybersecurity risk and regulation, workplace civility, enforcement policy and handling internal corporate criminal investigations. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the USAO Alumni Association (DNJ) and as a Subcommittee Chair in the Ethics Section of the Federal Bar Association.She is a member of the Bars of the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and the United States Supreme Court.