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.
I focus on defending businesses and executives in the energy, health care, defense contracting, and higher education industries facing enforcement action or civil or criminal liability under the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, state environmental laws, or state consumer protection statutes. 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, to criminal or civil trial, appeal, and follow-on litigation.
I have represented major national pharmaceutical companies in prominent federal and state investigations concerning product marketing and contracting practices; a university president in a compensation investigation brought by the Office of the Attorney General; a major component supplier in responding to a civil investigative demand by the Massachusetts Attorney General; a major developer in a joint state-federal environmental investigation that resulted in an Attorney General civil complaint; an energy executive in the first-ever federal ‘false statement to FERC’ prosecution; a major defense contractor in parallel civil and criminal False Statement/False Claims Act investigations of billing practices from the Philadelphia United States Attorney’s Office through suspension/debarment proceedings; 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; a business executive facing both administrative and follow-on investigations resulting from allegedly improper waste treatment; and witnesses in a federal grand jury investigation of alleged federal campaign finance violations. I also served on a team that defended a prominent collateral manager in an SEC investigation concerning collateralized debt obligations.
I have a strong background in civil litigation and arbitration, recently earning a total defense verdict after a two-week trial for a major energy company in an intensely litigated four-year dispute; obtaining a multimillion-dollar summary judgment for a municipality in a contract dispute; advising in a high-profile dispute property licensing dispute before the federal district court in Connecticut; and representing an international client before a 40-day multiparty arbitration session. In addition to successfully briefing matters in state and federal court, and arguing dispositive motions as part of those proceedings, I recently argued and won a precedent-setting case before a federal circuit court of appeal.
In 2014, I served as a special assistant district attorney in Middlesex County, where I tried multiple cases to jury verdict; I was also designated a special assistant Attorney General in connection with a civil matter.
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 a 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.
Mr. Rauseo-Ricupero was a major contributor to the recently published Massachusetts E-Discovery and Evidence.
Electronic Discovery & Digital Evidence Alert | 07.22.16
Electronic Discovery and Evidence Law Alert | 06.13.16
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | 04.06.16
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | 02.09.16
Electronic Discovery and Evidence Alert | 09.24.15
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | 09.15.15
Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Alert | 08.11.15
Electronic Discovery and Evidence Law Alert | 03.04.15
Boston College Law School, J.D.
Harvard College, B.A., cum laude
Mr. Rauseo-Ricupero has been named a Massachusetts SuperLawyer Rising Star in White Collar defense every year since 2013, received the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly 2013 “Excellence in Pro Bono Award,” was named firmwide “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” for 2012, and was the recipient of the 2011 “Pro Bono Recognition Award” from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.
Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero 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, and the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys.
Since appointment by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 2007, he has served on the City of Boston Scholarship Committee. 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.