110 North Wacker Drive//Chicago, IL 60606-1511//United States
Romeo Quinto is a commercial litigator with nearly 20 years of experience handling complex business disputes in federal and state courts across the United States, at the trial and appellate levels, and in domestic and international arbitration. Romeo’s clients include leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, financial institutions, and transportation companies. Romeo is also a trusted business counselor and advocate opposite federal and state regulatory agencies, including representing one of the Big Four banks in the implementation of and compliance with several landmark consent judgment matters valued in the tens of billions of dollars.
Romeo's litigation practice concentrates on complex commercial disputes involving antitrust laws, breach of contract, fraud, trade secrets, unfair and deceptive business practices, unjust enrichment, and various federal and state statutes. Most recently, he tried a pharmaceutical milestone payment dispute in an international arbitration before the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce – a decision is expected in the fall of 2021. He defended an insurance brokerage company in federal court involving multimillion-dollar claims under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which resulted in a favorable settlement before trial. He obtained dismissals of several class actions in federal district court, which were upheld on appeal, on behalf of a financial services company sued for millions of dollars in mortgage assignment recording fees.
Other significant representations over the course of his career include litigating large-scale antitrust cases brought against manufacturers in the auto, food, and tobacco industries. He defended an individual entrepreneur and his startup company against his former employer and one of the world's largest hedge fund companies in a trade secret case at the forefront of algorithmic high frequency trading. He litigated another trade secret case between the two largest food companies in the world in relation to product packaging technology. He represented large corporations in the pharmaceutical, consumer products, and consumer services industries, as well as nonprofits, against claims such as 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. 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 to a third-party independent monitor sustained compliance with over 300 mortgage servicing standards.
Romeo serves as a member of the Pro Bono Committee and previously served as hiring partner, both for the Chicago office. He maintains an active pro bono practice. As a member of the trial bar in the Northern District of Illinois, he has been appointed by the court to prosecute civil rights violations in prisoner litigation. He 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 coached moot court in the Honors Appellate Advocacy Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law for 18 years and continues to be an active alumnus serving as a first-year student mentor, diversity mentor, member of the school's diversity council, and a former member of its Alumni Board of Governors. Romeo is a frequent speaker at events hosted by various bar associations and by Chicago-area law schools, and a frequent guest lecturer or panelist in law school and continuing legal education courses.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Romeo was a partner in the global litigation practice in the Washington, DC, and Chicago offices 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.
Breach of contract arbitration. A pharmaceutical company in a breach of contract case in international arbitration involving milestone payment in a stock purchase agreement; decision pending
Trade secrets dispute. Represented insurance brokerage company in trade secret dispute involving aircraft financing; case settled on favorable terms before trial
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, Francis J. Rooney/St. Thomas More Award, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2020)
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 Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
US District Court for the District of Columbia
US District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois
US District Court for the Central District of California
Law Clerk 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.