Romeo S. Quinto Jr. litigates and counsels on high-profile commercial disputes and regulatory matters. His representations focus on issues that are significant to US national banks and other financial institutions, manufacturers, and consumer services companies. He handles trial and appellate cases in federal and state courts, matters involving the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and business counseling involving settlement implementation and continuing compliance. Romeo also serves as the hiring partner and a member of the Pro Bono Committee for the firm’s Chicago office.
Romeo has served as lead outside counsel for a national bank in a multiyear, multisettlement engagement, advising its legal department and business on implementation and compliance issues related to national mortgage servicing standards and consumer relief obligations. He has defended a company formed by the mortgage banking industry against a string of class and individual actions filed in US federal and state courts alleging multimillion dollar claims for consumer fraud, unfair and deceptive practices, unjust enrichment, and statutory violations. He has also litigated large-scale antitrust cases involving manufacturers in the auto, food, and tobacco industries, trade secret cases brought by one of the world’s largest hedge fund companies and by one of the largest food and beverage companies, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act and consumer fraud cases brought against a major consumer products and services company. Romeo’s clients include the US subsidiary of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Asia.
As part of his pro bono practice, Romeo successfully represented a client before the District of Columbia Office of Citizen Complaint Review (now the DC Office of Police Complaints), which led to a new police policy regarding the treatment of minors who are in the company of an adult placed under arrest. Outside of his law practice, Romeo is an active alumnus of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, serving as a moot court coach, first-year student mentor, diversity mentor, member of the school’s diversity committee, and member of its Alumni Board of Governors.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Romeo was a partner in the global litigation practice in the Chicago office of an international law firm. He previously served as a law clerk to Judge David D. Dowd Jr. of the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Financial services litigation. Represents financial services company in a series of cases filed by county governments related to the recording of assignments of mortgages; obtained dismissals in multiple cases, which have been affirmed on appeal.
Financial services counseling. Represents national mortgage servicer in implementation of and ongoing compliance with federal and state government settlements involving mortgage loan servicing, residential mortgage-backed securities, and bankruptcy practices.
False advertising litigation. Represents major consumer products companies in putative class actions filed in state and federal courts where plaintiffs assert RICO, consumer fraud, and other claims for alleged false advertising.
Trade secrets arbitration. Represented an individual entrepreneur against his former employer, a major hedge fund company, in an AAA arbitration involving multimillion-dollar claims of trade secret misappropriation, noncompete violations, and breach of fiduciary duty, and multimillion-dollar counterclaims of breach of compensation agreements; case settled on eve of trial.
Antitrust matter. Defended automobile manufacturer in federal court against dealers alleging claims under the Robinson-Patman Price Discrimination Act, Automobile Dealers Day in Court Act, and various state franchise and other laws; successfully opposed class certification of putative nationwide class on all claims, 543 F.3d 141 (3d Cir. 2008); case then settled on individual claims.
Class action dispute. Obtained a Seventh Circuit decision that dismissed with prejudice a plaintiff who asserted lending and other claims purportedly on behalf of nationwide class in Refund Anticipation Loan litigation; opposed plaintiff's petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court, certiorari denied in Reynolds v. H&R Block Services, Inc., 129 S. Ct. 898 (2009).
Trade secrets dispute. Represented an international food company in a case against competitor involving claims and cross-claims for global trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and tortious interference; case settled via mediation.
Trade secrets litigation. Represented an insurance adjusting firm in prosecuting claims in federal court for misappropriation of trade secrets under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act arising out of Hurricane Katrina-related insurance litigation.
Insurance brokerage dispute. Obtained jury verdict in excess of $1 million in federal court on claim for breach of insurance broker's fiduciary duty, successfully defended verdict in resulting appeal to the Eleventh Circuit, and obtained favorable opinion on questions certified to Supreme Court of Florida. Toomey et al., v. Wachovia Ins. Servs., Inc., et al., 450 F.3d 1225 (11th Cir. 2006), certified questions answered, 994 So. 2d 980 (Fla. 2008), and judgment affirmed, 547 F.3d 1291 (11th Cir. 2008).
Election challenge and resulting fee shifting dispute. Represented a statehood party candidate in a gubernatorial election challenge filed in federal court in Puerto Rico; obtained a favorable ruling on attorney's fees issue in District Court; won resulting appeal on fees issue in the First Circuit in Rosselló-González v. Acevedo-Vilá, 483 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2007).
Product liability litigation. Represented a biopharmaceutical company in a series of products liability cases filed in state and federal courts across the country.
Antitrust matter. Defended tobacco company in federal court against moist snuff competitor for claims under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, the Lanham Act, and various other laws; case settled.
Antitrust matter. Represented plaintiff cranberry producer in federal court against competitor on claims for violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act; case settled.
DePaul University, 1997, B.S.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2000, J.D.
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Seventh, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Clerkship to Judge David Dowd of the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (2001 - 2003)
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Recipient, St. Robert Bellarmine Award, presented by Loyola University Chicago School of Law for distinguished service to the community, the legal profession, and the law school (2010)
Dean's Diversity Council, Young Alumni Events Committee, Diversity Mentor, First-Year Student Mentor, and Moot Court Coach at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law