Nola B. Heller

Nola B. Heller

Nola B. Heller


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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
80 Pine Street
New York, NY 10005-1702



  • Yale University, B.A., 2001, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2004, Managing Editor, The Yale Law Journal
  • Clerkships/Government Service

    • Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2004-2005
    • Hon. Reena Raggi, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2005-2006
    • Assistant U.S. Attorney S.D.N.Y., 2006-2017


    • New York

Nola B. Heller advises global financial institutions, multinational companies, boards, committees, and directors and officers in criminal and regulatory investigations by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Department of the Treasury, FINRA and State Attorneys General. A leading litigator with extensive experience, Nola defends clients in complex disputes from trial through appeal. Nola was recently named a 2018 Rising Star by the New York Law Journal and is recognized as a Local Litigation Star and as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. She also serves as Chair of the firm’s Workplace Environment Committee, and a member of the Recruiting and Associate Development Committees.

Prior to joining Cahill, Nola served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As Chief of the Violent and Organized Crime Unit, and prior to that Chief of the General Crimes Unit, she has prosecuted or supervised over 2,000 cases involving racketeering (RICO), securities fraud, money laundering, bank and wire fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, and cybercrime, among other offenses. She also served as one of the Office's primary liaisons with various federal and state agencies, including the Department of Justice, other U.S. Attorney's Offices, District Attorney's Offices, and law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and IRS. 

Nola's extensive litigation experience includes leading ten federal jury trials and multiple appellate arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She has also supervised over thirty jury trials.

In 2017, Nola received the Attorney General's David Margolis Award for Exceptional Service, the Department of Justice's highest award.  In 2010, Nola received the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation's Prosecutor of the Year Award and twice earned Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force Awards of Excellence.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2006, Nola clerked for the Honorable Reena Raggi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Nola received a J.D.  from Yale Law School, where she was Managing Editor of The Yale Law Journal, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University.