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Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero focuses his litigation practice on defending corporations and individuals facing investigations by government entities and related complex civil actions. In addition to serving as a leader of the firm’s e-Discovery team, Ronaldo maintains an active pro bono practice with a focus on combating public corruption and assisting those facing deportation.

What do you focus on?

I focus on defending pharmaceutical and health care companies, defense contractors and other businesses and executives who are facing enforcement action under the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and state consumer protection statutes. I have experience advising clients on matters at various stages—from internal investigation, to qui tam action, to civil or criminal enforcement, through follow-on litigation.

Government Investigations

I have represented major national pharmaceutical companies in prominent federal and state investigations concerning product marketing and contracting practices, as well as state wholesale pricing cases; a major defense contractor in parallel civil and criminal investigations of billing practices from the Philadelphia United States Attorney’s Office; a health care industry executive targeted in an investigation of alleged off-label sales and kickback activities involving the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services; multiple witnesses in a federal investigation of a prominent national skilled nursing facility service provider; a defendant in a federal investigation arising from Boston’s Big Dig construction project; and witnesses in a federal grand jury investigation of alleged federal campaign finance violations.


I also have a strong background in civil litigation and arbitration, including obtaining a multi-million dollar summary judgment for a municipality in a contract dispute; advising in a high-profile intellectual property licensing dispute before the federal district court in Connecticut; and representing a Canadian client before a 40-day multiparty arbitration session. In addition to successfully briefing matters in state and federal appellate courts, I recently argued and won a precedent-setting case before a federal circuit court of appeal.

What do you see on the horizon?

Growing trends indicate that government agencies are widening their intense enforcement scrutiny beyond the pharmaceutical industry, leading to heightened focus on medical device companies, durable medical equipment companies and skilled nursing facilities. These regulators and prosecutors are also increasingly attempting to pursue individual liability for executives, which will pose formidable compliance challenges for these sectors.


Mr. Rauseo-Ricupero was a major contributor to the recently published Massachusetts E-Discovery and Evidence.

Media Clips

  • Lawyers fight for disgraced housing chief's pension contributions
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 1, 2014
    This article centers on Chelsea Housing Authority’s attempt (CHA) to secure the pension money of the former CHA executive director who pled guilty to fraud charges. Nixon Peabody provides pro bono representation to the CHA. One of NP’s attorneys who is working on this case, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, is quoted in the article.
  • Sitting Down with Former Mayor's Youth Council Representative Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero
    Beyond the Billable (A Boston Bar Association Blog) | December 18, 2013
    Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero discusses the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC). Ronaldo served as a lawyer-mentor representing his community of East Boston on the MYC from 1997-2000.
  • Ex-Chelsea Office McLaughlin's Sentencing Postponed
    Boston Globe | June 15, 2013

    This coverage highlights Nixon Peabody's pro bono representation of the Chelsea Housing Authority as it seeks restitution against its former executive director, who has already pled guilty to fraud charges. Nixon Peabody’s legal team includes Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Bill Codinha and associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, Affordable Housing partner Jeff Sacks, counsel Neil Moynihan, and paralegal Joanne Sylvester.


Supreme Court limits federal fraud prosecutors' ability to freeze assets needed to fund defense
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | April 6, 2016

PharMerica to seek Supreme Court review of First Circuit's "next-to-file" False Claims Act ruling
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | February 9, 2016

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When Wiki Won't Cut It: Mass. High Court Explores the Learned Treatise Doctrine in the Digital Age
Electronic Discovery and Evidence Alert | September 24, 2015

A price on their heads: DOJ targets executives in corporate investigations
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | September 15, 2015

Federal Court disagrees with FDA, allows drug manufacturer to proceed with truthful, non-misleading off-label promotion of drug
Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Alert | August 11, 2015

Influential judge weighs in on disclosure obligations for users of technology assisted review
Electronic Discovery and Evidence Law Alert | March 4, 2015

New rules may shift landscape—and costs—of E-Discovery
Electronic Discovery and Evidence Law Alert | September 27, 2013

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Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero