Colin Missett

Colin T. Missett

Colin Missett is a member of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group. Colin’s practice focuses on government investigations, criminal defense, and complex civil litigation. He has experience conducting internal investigations and defending clients in criminal and regulatory matters involving allegations of market manipulation, insider trading, securities fraud, corruption, and False Claims Act violations. He has represented multi-national companies, financial institutions, and individuals in investigations and enforcement actions by agencies such as the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and various state attorney general offices. Colin also represents clients in a wide range of complex civil litigation, including securities and contract disputes, and False Claims Act litigation.

What do you focus on?

I assist multi-national companies, financial institutions, and individuals with criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations involving various enforcement agencies. I also represent clients in complex civil litigation. My investigation and litigation experience encompasses a variety of subject matters including residential mortgage-backed securities, insider trading, derivatives trading, Ponzi schemes, misappropriation of trade secrets, and the False Claims Act. I also maintain an active pro bono practice.

What do you see on the horizon?

As adoption of digital assets has increased across all sectors of the economy, the SEC and other financial industry regulators have closely scrutinized activity involving cryptocurrencies and digital tokens. Market participants should expect the SEC to continue to bring enforcement actions and litigation where the agency has determined that a digital asset is a security that requires registration or exemption. Other enforcement agencies, including the CFTC, FinCEN, and DOJ also have signaled that pursuing digital asset-related enforcement actions are priorities. Companies operating in this space should remain attentive to the evolving regulatory landscape and be prepared to respond swiftly to enforcement inquiries.

Representative Experience

Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense

  • Foreign manufacturer in DOJ and USAID investigation into compliance with United States labor recruitment laws
  • Office-based opioid treatment provider in DOJ FCA investigation
  • Witness subpoenaed in connection with DOJ Special Counsel investigation
  • Leading medical device company in U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation into alleged kickback activity
  • Leading automobile manufacturer in criminal investigation of U.S. Attorney’s Office into improper payments to union officials
  • Major financial institution in DOJ criminal investigation and related state attorney general investigations regarding RMBS practices
  • Major financial institution in resolving SEC investigation into alleged fraud in connection with issuance of securities
  • Multinational manufacturer in responding to SEC subpoena involving insider trading theory
  • Global financial institution in CFTC investigation related to allegations of market manipulation by derivatives trading desk
  • Multinational investment bank in resolving FINRA investigation involving equity research analyst practices
  • Large foreign pension fund in internal investigation involving employee insider trading

Securities and Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Leading medical device company in dismissal of qui tam litigation involving metal-on-metal hip implants
  • Major financial institution in securities action brought by the Federal Housing Finance Agency concerning Freddie’s and Fannie’s purchase of RMBS before the financial crisis
  • Major financial institution in multiple litigations involving the repurchase of mortgage loans underlying RMBS
  • Major financial institution in litigation involving dispute with hedge fund arising out of the termination of a derivatives transaction in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis
  • Subsidiary of a leading financial technology company in bringing litigation asserting misappropriation of trade secrets
  • A prominent family office in litigation arising out of Ponzi scheme
*Representative experience includes representations from prior firm.


  • The Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

J&J hip implant FCA case tossed over secret info use

Law360 | December 08, 2021

This article covers a significant litigation win, in which a federal judge dismissed a nearly decade-long False Claims Act lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson entities over allegedly defective hip replacement devices, noting that two whistleblower physicians used confidential information in their complaint. The article mentions Boston partners Mark Seltzer and Hannah Bornstein and associate Colin Missett, and Washington, DC partner Adam Tarosky—all of the Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense group—for representing J&J and its related entities.

Judge Allows Immigrant Detainees To Fight Living Conditions

Law360 | June 17, 2020

This article, covering a federal judge’s order that immigration detainees at Strafford County (NH) Department of Corrections can challenge their living conditions amid COVID-19, quotes Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Nathan Warecki. The article also mentions the team of NP attorneys representing the detainees in the case: Litigation Department Head Scott O’Connell; Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo and associate Colin Missett; Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, and associates Marx Calderon and Michael Strauss.

Managing Risks That Come with Federal Funds

Corporate Compliance Insights | April 17, 2020

NP’s Christopher Hotaling, Adam Tarosky, Scott O’Connell and Colin Missett authored this article detailing key considerations for businesses to consider, given that funds under the CARES Act come with associated responsibilities for recipients, creating potential criminal and civil liability if not properly handled.


Colin T. Missett



Phone: 617-345-1029

Fax: 833-242-5632

Fordham University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

College of the Holy Cross, B.A., cum laude


New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

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