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Types of Cases and Practice Areas

​Marlo Pfister Cadeddu practices exclusively in federal courts throughout the United States, handling federal criminal cases, from pre-indictment investigations through trial and appeal.  Marlo can provide representation in any type of federal criminal case, including, but not limited to:

  • Bribery

  • Campaign Finance Violations

  • Child Pornography

  • Computer and Internet Crimes

  • Conspiracy

  • Criminal Copyright Infringement

  • Drug Possession and Distribution

  • Controlled Substance Analogue Offenses

  • Environmental Crimes

  • Export Violations

  • Firearms Violations

  • Forfeiture

  • Fraud, including Mail and Wire Fraud

  • Health Care Crimes

  • Homicide

  • Immigration Offenses

  • Federal Juvenile Delinquency

  • Money Laundering

  • Obscenity

  • Perjury and False Statements

  • Postal Crimes

  • Public Corruption

  • Tax Crimes

  • Terrorism and Terrorism Funding



Services include investigation, witness interviews and preparation for grand jury presentations and presentations to investigators and prosecutors. The primary purpose of pre-indictment representation is to avoid indictment. Even when it is impossible to stave off indictment entirely, effective pre-indictment representation can limit the scope of the indictment. Finally, work product obtained as a result of pre-indictment representation may be useful in negotiating a favorable plea or defending a case at trial.



Marlo is a successful and respected trial lawyer. Preparation is the key to an effective defense at trial. No stranger to multi-week, high profile litigation, Marlo prepares exhaustively for each trial. She identifies and interviews witnesses, gathers and analyzes documentary and other evidence, selects and prepares expert witnesses and files all the appropriate legal motions and memoranda. Marlo has taught trial skills both to law students and to experienced military and civilian criminal attorneys.     


Marlo is a very experienced and highly regarded federal sentencing attorney. She is often retained after trial or entry of plea to manage the sentencing process. Representation for sentencing purposes includes attendance at presentence interviews, management of all interactions with the assigned United States probation officer, preparation of objections to presentence investigation report ("PSR"), addenda to the PSR and departure or variance motions, compilation of mitigating sentencing materials and argument at sentencing.


As a former law clerk, Marlo is a practiced legal researcher and brief writer. Appellate representation includes the identification of issues for appeal, drafting of appellate briefs and oral argument, if necessary. Marlo has argued before the Fifth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal and has filed petitions for writs of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court.


Marlo provides representation and assistance with other issues arising in criminal cases. Examples of related matters with which she can provide assistance include asset forfeiture proceedings and motions for post-sentencing sentence reductions under Rule 35 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.





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