She is partner of Studio Legale Catalano Penalisti Associati law firm since 2001.
Her professional career, dedicated exclusively to criminal matters, concerns data protection, criminal law related to new technologies and, more generally, criminal implications of family law and bankruptcy. From a criminal procedure point of view, she specializes in digital and biometric forensics.
She's member of the IT Commission of the Turin Bar Association and because of this role she works with the Court of Torino on the implementation of the digitalization of the criminal proceeding.
She's the scientific coordinator and also teacher of a private training course for lawyers' state licensing exam, organized with the contribution of the training company Convenia S.r.l.
She's fellow of NEXA Center for Internet & Society at Politecnico of Torino.
She writes papers and case notes with the online journals Medialaws.eu, ICTSecurityMagazine, ForumPA and IlProcessoTelematico.it; she edited with the publishing houses Egea, Giappichelli, Springer, UTET Giuridica and Aracne.
Monica graduated with honors in April 1992 at the University of Turin and she was awarded by the International Faculty of Strasbourg Diplôme Supérieur de Droit Comparé. After a year of academic life at the Professor Angeletti chair of Administrative Law and two years of litigation working experience at RAI (Italian TV), she joined the Studio Legale Catalano Penalisti Associati law firm, which she became a partner in 2001.
Her professional career, exclusively dedicated to criminal matters, with particular reference to economic criminal law and criminal implications of family law and bankruptcy, over the years has been increasingly directed toward the counseling and the judicial defense of issues connected with data protection right and criminal law related to new technologies. From a criminal procedure point of view, she specializes in digital forensics and biometrics applied to evidence (DNA fingerprinting and facial recognition).
Since 2010 to present, she has been a member of the Informatics Commission of the Bar of Torino and because of this role she works with the Court of Torino (the first court in Italy) on the experimentation of criminal proceeding telematic notifications as well as on the mounting, in cooperation with the Prosecutor's Office, of a telematic system for dealing with communications required under Article 335 c.p.p.
In 2011-12 she was a member of the Management Committee of the UCPI (Unione delle Camere Penali italiane) Piedmont School that cares and promotes the professional training of criminal lawyers as well as the management, together with the Bar of Torino, of the technical and professional training School for public defenders, provided under Article 29 disp. att. c.p.p. (for the same school she held teaching in years 2005-2006, 2006-2007 and 2010).
In 2011-2012 she was teacher in a training course for the protection of women victims of violence and abuse established, together with a solidarity fund, by the Piedmont Region (regional law n.11/2008) in agreement with all the piedmontese Bars, carrying out lessons with targeted analysis of privacy injury in modern ICT society.
Since 2009 to present, she has been the scientific coordinator and also teacher, along with a civil lawyer, avvocato Luca Jeantet, of a private exam preparation course for lawyers, organized since 2011 with the contribution of the training company Convenia S.r.l.
In 2008 she was tutor at the Forensic School of the Bar of Torino, while in previous years 2006-2007 she worked, always in courses aimed at preparing for the legal profession (held in Turin and Milan), with the training company Mediacampus S.r.l.
From 2004 to 2008 she was member, for two terms, of the Board of the Camera Penale "Vittorio Chiusano" of the western Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta, dealing, among other things, specifically, with the preparation of the first website of the association (in another version than the currently online), creating the association newsletter "Memoranda" and organizing, in collaboration with the CSIG Observatory of Ivrea, a series of seminars on information technology law.
From 2002 to 2010 she was a member of the "Commissione pratica" and the Public Defender Commission of the Bar of Torino, with whom she worked to the drafting of their regulations and to the handbook paper "La difesa d'ufficio".
In 2005, with the association "Oltre il tetto di cristallo" and the civil lawyer, avvocato Manuela Selvo, she established a Legal Advisory Bureau which still operates in the Val di Susa, offering protection to women in distress.
In 2004 she held a series of multidisciplinary outreach conferences (with doctors, psychologists and sociologists) on assisted reproduction matters.
She sit as a speaker in numerous conferences in her areas of specialization and in study meetings for lawyers' training and retraining.
She writes papers and case notes with the online journals MediaLaws.eu, Altalex.com and Penale.it and she published on the printed magazine Il Diritto dell'Informazione e dell'Informatica, published by the Calamandrei Foundation.
She published, together with her law firm partner, avvocato Carlo Blengino, in the book "Marketing e Diritto", edited by Egea, a box entitled "La privacy e le responsabilità variabili" (Privacy and liability variables); in the series Digitalica, edited by Giappichelli and directed by Professor Ugo Pagallo, within the volume IX, "Il Corpo digitale: natura, informazione, merce", a contribution entitled "Dal corpo fisico al corpo digitale e ritorno: la tutela dell'identità digitale come garanzia di libertà" (From the physical to the digital body and back: the protection of digital identities is freedom guarantee); in volume "Biotech Innovations and Fundamental Rights", edited by Springer, she published an English contribution entitled "The habeas data in the genetic research: intrinsic limits and threats from outside"; at last, she has just edited by UTET Giuridica, in the "Manuale di informatica giuridica e diritto delle nuove tecnologie", a chapter titled "L'informatica forense" (Computer forensics).