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Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero



Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero focuses his litigation practice on defending corporations and individuals facing investigations by government entities and related complex civil actions. Ronaldo also defends plan sponsors and fiduciaries in ERISA litigation. In addition to serving as a leader of the firm’s e-Discovery team, Ronaldo maintains an active pro bono practice.

What do you focus on?

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 also defend plan fiduciaries and sponsors in ERISA class actions.

Government Investigations

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.

Litigation

I have a strong background in civil litigation and arbitration. Currently, I serve on an ERISA litigation team representing a university and a fiduciary advisor to another university in ERISA class actions challenging the prudence of retirement plan fees and investment offerings. Recently, I earned a total defense verdict after a two-week trial for a major energy company in an intensely litigated four-year dispute; obtained a multimillion-dollar summary judgment for a municipality in a contract dispute; advised in a high-profile property licensing dispute before the federal district court in Connecticut; and represented 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.

What do you see on the horizon?

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.

Publications

  • “Bring Your Own Dilemmas—‘Custody’ in the Digital Age,” Financier Worldwide, April, 2017 (co-author)

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

Government begins returning migrant children to their parents

Boston Globe | July 06, 2018

Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Julia Lippman, both of the Boston office, are mentioned as co-counsel on a lawsuit that prompted the reunification of client Angelica Gonzalez-Garcia and her 8-year-old daughter.

Local law firms help reunite family separated under Trump policy

Boston Business Journal | July 06, 2018

Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Julia Lippman, both of the Boston office, are mentioned as co-counsel on a lawsuit that prompted the reunification of client Angelica Gonzalez-Garcia and her 8-year-old daughter.

Long ordeal continues for local Indonesians

Seacoastonline.com | March 20, 2018

This op-ed discusses the Indonesian Christian immigrants in New Hampshire facing deportation and mentions Nixon Peabody’s work to successfully halt the deportations in order to reopen the individuals’ immigration cases. The pro bono team includes Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane and associate Nate Warecki, and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero.

Removal of 50 Indonesian Christian immigrants put on hold

Law360 | February 02, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s pro bono team, which includes Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane and associate Nate Warecki, and Boston government investigations & white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, is featured in this article noting a judge’s decision to halt immigration officials from deporting a group of Indonesian Christians living in New Hampshire.

Federal Judge Blocks Deportation of Indonesians Living Illegally in NH

Reuters | February 01, 2018

In the following coverage, Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane and associate Nate Warecki, and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero are mentioned for their pro bono work representing Indonesian Christians in New Hampshire who face possible deportation by ICE.

For Judge These Immigrants in US are Like Jews Fleeing Nazis

Boston Globe | January 18, 2018

This front-page story recaps a federal court hearing for a group of Indonesian Christians seeking to reopen their immigration cases because they fear persecution back home. Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, Boston government investigations and white collar associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, and Manchester commercial litigation associate Nate Warecki are representing this group pro bono.

Indonesian Case to Be Heard Wednesday

Foster’s Daily Democrat | January 15, 2018

The story previews a hearing in federal court in Boston about a group of Indonesian Christians living in New Hampshire who are attempting to delay deportation while they reopen their asylum claims.  Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, Boston government investigations and white collar associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, and Manchester commercial litigation associate Nate Warecki are representing this group pro bono.

ICE: No cause to delay Indonesian deportations

Foster’s Daily Democrat | December 22, 2017

This article mentions Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane and associate Nate Warecki, and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero for representing the Indonesian immigrants facing possible deportation and covers recent developments in the ongoing case.

Judge blocks deportation about-face by U.S. government

Courthousenews.com | November 29, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane and associate Nate Warecki, and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero were mentioned in this article for their key court victory representing Indonesian immigrants who faced possible deportation.

Federal judge affirms right to halt Indonesian deportations

Seacoast Online | November 28, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation associate Nate Warecki talks about a favorable ruling in U.S. District Court on a pro bono matter that will ensure due process for 51 immigrants from Indonesia. Nate, along with Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero  teamed with the ACLU to represent the immigrants, who fled religious persecution in their home country but were threatened with deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

NH Indonesian community celebrates legal victory in deportation case

New Hampshire Union Leader | November 28, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane and associate Nate Warecki, and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero were mentioned in this article on the 51 Indonesian immigrants who fled their home country due to religious persecution but faced possible deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Shaheen pleased by Sununu’s letter on Indonesians

Foster’s Daily Democrat | October 24, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero were quoted in the following coverage of a hearing regarding their pro bono class action case involving Indonesian Christians facing deportation.

Sununu asks Trump to stop deportations

Foster’s Daily Democrat | October 22, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero were mentioned in the following coverage for their pro bono class action case involving Indonesian Christians facing deportation.

Hearing held to address concerns of Indonesian immigrants facing deportation

WMUR | October 20, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero were quoted in the following coverage of Friday’s hearing regarding their pro bono class action case involving Indonesian Christians facing deportation.

Court battle continues for Indonesians

Foster’s Daily Democrat | October 20, 2017

Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero were quoted in the following coverage of a hearing regarding their pro bono class action case involving Indonesian Christians facing deportation.

Sen. Shaheen questions Trump nominee on Indonesian immigration policy

Foster’s Daily Democrat | October 05, 2017

This article on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Trump nominee to ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, includes the court win by Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero to delay the deportation of dozens of Indonesian immigrants.

Judge puts deportations of local Indonesians on hold

Portsmouth Herald | September 26, 2017

This article recaps a federal court decision to delay the deportation of dozens of Indonesian immigrants living in New Hampshire.  Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero are providing pro bono representation to these immigrants.

Suit filed to halt deportation of local Indonesians

Foster's Daily Democrat | September 26, 2017

This article is about Manchester commercial litigation partner Dan Deane, associate Nate Warecki and Boston government investigations and white collar defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero’s pro bono class action case involving Indonesian Christians facing deportation.

Contact

Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero

Counsel

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1071


Fax: 866-591-5780

Boston College Law School, J.D.

Harvard College, B.A., cum laude

Massachusetts

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.

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