Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero focuses his litigation practice on defending corporations and individuals facing investigations by government entities and related complex civil actions. He is the chair of the firm’s Electronic Discovery & Digital Evidence team and a member of the firm’s Antitrust, Regulatory, and Unfair Trade Practices team. Ronaldo also defends plan sponsors and fiduciaries in ERISA litigation. He maintains an active and widely-recognized pro bono practice.
Ronaldo served as special assistant district attorney in Middlesex County Massachusetts and special assistant attorney general.
I focus on defending businesses and executives in the energy, health care, defense contracting, and higher education industries facing enforcement actions or civil or criminal liability under the False Claims Act, health care statutes, state environmental laws, or state consumer protection acts. I have experience advising clients on matters at various stages—from internal investigation to subpoena or civil investigative demand response through to civil or criminal enforcement and criminal or civil trial, appeal, and follow-on litigation. I have successfully argued and won cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and trial courts, including matters of first impression. I have a strong background in civil litigation and arbitration. I also defend plan fiduciaries and sponsors in ERISA class actions and advise on antitrust matters.
I have written and counseled widely on topics related to e-discovery, and have advised many clients in a wide range of industries on issues from retention and collection through production and motion practice in this area.
Major changes in the federal administration have shifted enforcement priorities, which have led to state statutes and regulations taking a more important role in investigations, and state attorneys general taking the lead in many joint investigations. These changes, which are most pronounced in the environmental and financial services sectors, indicate that knowledge of state prosecutorial methods will be increasingly important to many businesses and executives.
Ronaldo previously worked in the Office of the Prosecutor in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, as legal assistant to the general counsel of International Crisis Group, in the Office of United States Senator John F. Kerry, and in the chambers of U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf.
Boston College Law School, J.D.
Harvard College, B.A., cum laude
Ronaldo serves on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. He is a member of the board of editors of the Boston Bar Journal and previously served on the steering committee of the Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
He was appointed by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino to the City of Boston Scholarship Committee in 2007 and served through 2014. He also serves on the board of the John William Ward Public Service Fellowship and the East Boston Social Centers, and previously served on the Boston Public Library’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Ronaldo was named to the Hispanic National Bar Association’s “Top Lawyers Under 40” list in March 2020, as well as being named a “Super Lawyers Rising Star” in white collar defense from 2013–2016. He is a past recipient of the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly “Excellence in Pro Bono Award,” the inaugural Nixon Peabody firmwide “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year,” and the “Pro Bono Recognition Award” from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.
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