Nicole M. Saqui Meisner, C.F.C.S.

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Nicole Saqui Meisner is an attorney with Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, PL.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Services Compliance, Administrative and Regulatory Law, and White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement. Learn More

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Overview

Nicole Saqui Meisner is an attorney with Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, PL. She concentrates her practice in the areas of Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Services Compliance, Administrative and Regulatory Law, and White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement.

Ms. Meisner guides clients through complex regulatory frameworks on both a state and federal level. Her practice focuses largely on the financial services industry where she advises financial institutions such as money services businesses (MSBs)—including money transmitters, check cashers, dealers in foreign exchange, and prepaid access providers—as well as mobile payment providers, financial technology (FinTech) companies, and digital currency companies on anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance and regulation. Ms. Meisner assists these clients in determining how they will be regulated on both a state and federal basis and assists these clients in obtaining any necessary licensure to operate.

In her regulatory enforcement practice, Ms. Meisner represents regulated entities and individuals that find themselves under investigation or involved in disputes with state or federal regulatory agencies such as the applicable state Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) or other financial regulator, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and/or the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Many of these cases involve alleged violations of BSA reporting requirements (such as Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs,) Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs,) and Reports of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments (CMIRs)), record-keeping violations, money laundering (including trade-based money laundering (TBML)), and unlicensed money transmission. In those cases where litigation is unavoidable, Ms. Meisner vigorously defends her clients in both criminal and civil enforcement actions and related proceedings.

Prior to joining Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, PL, Ms. Meisner practiced commercial financial fraud litigation, focusing on matters involving financial institutions’ violations of federal laws and regulations—particularly AML and BSA violations.  Notably, Ms. Meisner was deeply involved in the representation of over 80 victims that suffered in excess of $225 million in losses as a result of an infamous Ponzi scheme.  She was part of the team responsible for achieving historic settlements for these investors in what has been reported to be the highest percentages of recovery for victims of a Ponzi scheme. Prior to that experience, Ms. Meisner was a judicial intern for the Honorable Robert B. Carney, 17th Judicial Circuit, Civil Division.

Ms. Meisner is originally from New Jersey and was raised in South Florida. She attended Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida where she graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice in 2008.  In 2011, Ms. Meisner graduated summa cum laude with her juris doctorate from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law center.  While in law school, Ms. Meisner was a member of Nova Law Review and had the honor of having her article, Comparative Analysis of Florida’s Admissibility Standards for Medical Causation Expert Testimony Under Frye:  Is it “Generally Accepted?,” selected to be published in the Nova Law Review.

Ms. Meisner has also been certified as a Financial Crime Specialist through the Association of Certified of Financial Crime Specialists (a non-legal certification) and is currently working to complete her Masters of Business Administration for Financial Services Professionals through the University of Tennessee.

Credentials

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida J.D., 2011,
    summa cum laude
  • Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FloridaB.A., 2008

Admitted

  • Florida 2011
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Memberships

  • South Florida Chapter, Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, Co-Chair, 2014 to present
  • Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, Member, 2012 to present
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Member, 2012 to present
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs Committee,Member, 2012 to2014
  • Broward Center for Performing Arts Ghost Light Society, Host Committee, 2012

Professional Non-Legal Certifications

  • Certified Financial Crime Specialist, Charter Class 2013

Publications

Publications

  • Nicole Saqui, Comparative Analysis of Florida’s Admissibility Standards for Medical Causation Expert Testimony Under FryeIs it “Generally Accepted?” 34 Nova L. Rev. 515 (2010).

Speaking Engagements

  • The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers, 12th Annual MLRO Day 2013, Guest Speaker on Financial Crime Trends and Tactics, September 18, 2013, Nassau, Bahamas
  •  Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, Financial Crime 360 Training Seminar, Guest Speaker on Secondary Liability Actions, January 25, 2013, NY, New York