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. 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.

Lawyers fight for disgraced housing chief's pension contributions

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 01, 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.


Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero



Phone: 617-345-1071

Fax: 866-591-5780

Boston College Law School, J.D.

Harvard College, B.A., cum laude


Mr. Rauseo-Ricupero has twice been named a Massachusetts SuperLawyer Rising Star in White Collar defense, 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, the East Boston Social Centers and previously served on the Boston Public Library’s Strategic Planning Committee.

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