honors + affiliations
Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section
Member, Bar Association of the City of New York
Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2013)
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2011)
- New York
Robert M. Romano is senior counsel in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Mr. Romano's practice focuses on a variety of securities regulatory litigation matters, including the defense of individuals and companies in the financial services industry in investigations and/or litigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), FINRA, and state securities regulators for securities fraud, trading and sales violations, and related supervisory issues.
Mr. Romano has handled numerous matters involving financial and accounting fraud, including individuals, companies, and accounting firm personnel in investigations and litigation with securities regulators. He also has worked with white collar criminal defense matters, including the representation of individuals and companies in investigations by federal and state prosecutors for business-related crimes and general federal civil litigation.
Mr. Romano has served as the chair of the Practicing Law Institute's annual seminar on "Broker-Dealer Regulation & Enforcement" and is a regular panelist at that and other industry seminars.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Romano served as vice president and counsel (litigation) for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. Prior to that, he was with the trial unit of the SEC's Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C., serving as the deputy chief litigation counsel for his last two years of government service. Prior to his tenure at the SEC, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in Newark, New Jersey.
Mr. Romano is admitted to practice in New York.
- Georgetown University Law Center, 1972, J.D.
- Georgetown University, 1969, A.B.