Fordham Law

Alumna Honored with Women of Power & Influence Award

June 17, 2009

The National Organization for Women's New York City Chapter honored Betty Santangelo '74, a partner in the Litigation Group of Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP, as one of five recipients of its 21st Annual Women of Power & Influence Awards on June 16 at The Grand Hyatt New York. The awards recognize women's outstanding accomplishments in the fields of business, law, art, medicine, and activism.

Santangelo is nationally recognized for her expertise in white collar crime, securities enforcement and corporate compliance issues. In her areas of practice, she represents financial institutions, corporate entities and individuals in regulatory litigation before the SEC, CFTC, NYSE, NASD, and other regulatory agencies, including federal and state criminal prosecutors' offices in the U.S. and in foreign jurisdictions. She also serves as an independent consultant on SEC enforcement matters, conducts internal investigations, advises financial institutions regarding the Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering, OFAC, FCPA, federal securities law, and corporate compliance issues.

"It comes as no surprise that Betty was honored for her extraordinary achievements," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "We here at Fordham Law have long known that she is an attorney of the highest caliber. Her work with our alumni board, as well as her previous teaching experience at the Law School, have demonstrated her commitment to the future of legal education and the legal profession. We are very proud of her."

Among her professional activities, she has served for many years as a Securities Industry and Futures Industry Representative for the U.S. Treasury Department's Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group and as Counsel to the SIFMA Anti-Money Laundering Committee since 2000. She has also served for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Federal Bar Council Foundation.

Previously, Santangelo served as First Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Merrill Lynch and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She is a 1988 recipient of the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award, and the 1998 recipient of the Director's Medal for Exceptional Service from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Treasury Department. In 2008, she earned a Burton Award for outstanding legal writing.

Additionally, Santangelo taught at Fordham Law as a member of the Adjunct Faculty from 1982 to 1984 and in 2003. She also has been a member of the Fordham Law Alumni Association Board of Directors since 1997.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger