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A litigator at the trial and appellate levels, Romeo S. Quinto, Jr., represents businesses in commercial disputes and antitrust matters. His representations focus on issues that are significant to banks and other financial institutions, manufacturers, and consumer services companies. Romeo handles cases primarily in federal court, matters involving regulators of financial institutions, and business counseling related to the implementation of and compliance with federal consent judgments. He is also a member of the Pro Bono Committee for the firm’s Chicago office and previously served as the office’s hiring partner.
Romeo’s litigation practice concentrates on complex commercial disputes. For example, 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.
Romeo has defended substantial trade secret matters, including one case involving an entrepreneur against his former employer, one of the world’s largest hedge fund companies, in relation to high frequency trading and another case involving one of the world’s largest food companies against its primary competitor in relation to product packaging technology. He has also defended large corporations in the pharmaceutical, consumer products, and consumer services industries, as well as non-profits, against claims of products liability, RICO violations, consumer fraud, breach of contract, and violations of various other US federal and state laws.
Complementing his litigation practice, Romeo’s regulatory practice includes advising and representing national clients on consumer, financial, and business practice issues opposite the US Department of Justice, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board, state Attorneys General, and other governmental agencies. Most recently he was lead counsel for a bank in implementing and complying with the terms of a consent order with the United States Trustee Program related to bankruptcy filings nationwide. The work included advising the bank on relevant business processes and consumer remediation, advocating before an appointed independent monitor on testing issues and evidence to demonstrate compliance, and developing and then implementing supplemental agreements with the USTP. Before that, Romeo was lead counsel for a bank’s implementation of the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement, including advising the bank over a three-and-a-half year period to demonstrate sustained compliance with over 300 mortgage servicing standards.
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 for nearly 20 years, first-year student mentor, diversity mentor, member of the school’s diversity council, 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. Represented 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. Represented 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. Represented 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.
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Asian American Bar Association of Chicago
Member and Honorary Board Member, Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago
Member, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Member, National Filipino American Lawyers Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Competition, Law360 (2017–2019)
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, Diversity Mentor, First-Year Student Mentor, and Moot Court Coach at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law
District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
US Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Seventh, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits
US Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
US District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois
US District Court for the District of Columbia
Judicial Clerkship to Judge David D. Dowd, Jr., of the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (2001 - 2003)
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2000, J.D.