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Michael D. Ricciuti

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Mr. Ricciuti concentrates his practice in government enforcement, white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.  He has represented clients – as defendants, witnesses, or victims – in federal and state criminal and securities enforcement matters and has handled a variety of state and federal civil and administrative investigations and proceedings across the country.  Mr. Ricciuti has also conducted internal investigations and due diligence reviews on behalf of clients, handled complex domestic and international civil commercial disputes in the United States and abroad, and handled a variety of matters related to homeland security involving foreign assets and export controls.  

Mr. Ricciuti is a member of the Federal Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section Board of Directors and Chair of the White Collar Crime Committee; a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Council and Steering Committee for the Criminal Law Section; and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Suffolk University Law School, where he teaches Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure. He is listed in Super Lawyers for White Collar, Civil Litigation Defense, and Corporate Governance & Compliance; in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, and Criminal Defense: White-Collar; in the Martindale-Hubbell directory with an AV® Preeminent peer rating; a member of Litigation Counsel of America; and is a member of The National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers – Criminal Defense.

Professional Background

From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Ricciuti was an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston.  In this role, he tried more than 20 federal jury trials and handled more than 15 First Circuit appeals.  From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Ricciuti served as the first chief of the Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit in the United States Attorney’s Office and served as the coordinator of the Massachusetts Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, a comprehensive anti-terrorism collaboration of federal, state and local law enforcement, public safety, public health, and emergency response agencies, as well as private sector entities.  In that role, he supervised, investigated, and prosecuted matters involving national security, export control, and fraud.  From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Ricciuti served as deputy chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in the United States Attorney’s Office.  In those roles, he prosecuted a variety of federal criminal cases involving money laundering, narcotics, and public corruption.  From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Ricciuti was a trial attorney with the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice, Washington, DC, and litigated employment cases around the country.  Mr. Ricciuti won several awards and commendations while serving as a federal prosecutor and trial attorney.

Mr. Ricciuti previously served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable A. David Mazzone of the United States District Court in Massachusetts.  Mr. Ricciuti also served as an assistant district attorney in Norfolk and Middlesex Counties, Massachusetts.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America, 2011, 2012 and 2014 
  • Listed as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2011

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, The National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers – Criminal Defense
  • Governor’s Anti-Crime Council
  • Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice Innovation
  • Boston Bar Association, Council and Criminal Law Section, Steering Committee
  • Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Board and Chair, White Collar Crime Committee
  • American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Section
  • Moot Court Judge, Harvard Law School Ames Moot Court Competition, Harvard Law School First-Year Moot Court Program, Boston  College Law School Grimes Moot Court Competition
  • Suffolk University Law School, Adjunct Faculty Member and instructor, Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Guest lecturer, National Security Law, United States Military Academy
  • Member, Internet Radicalization Task Force, George Washington University
  • Advisor, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop
  • Massachusetts Federal District Court’s Committee to Select Magistrate Judge and Committee to Evaluate Magistrate Judge for Reappointment

Speaking Engagements

  • Organizer and Presenter, International Enforcement, “2000: The Long Arm of US Criminal and Regulatory Law” (2007)
  • Panelist, This Week in Business (NECN cable television), “Stock Option  Backdating” (2006)
  • Guest lecturer, United States Military Academy, National Security Law, “Anti-Terrorism Law and Practice” (2003-present)
  • Panelist, Internal Investigations (K&L Gates, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2006)
  • Panelist, Financial Markets World, “Anti-Money Laundering in the Securities & Investment Industries” (2006)
  • Presenter, Eastern Massachusetts Compliance Network, Annual Meeting, “Banks, SARS and the Investigation of Financial Crimes: A Prosecutor’s Perspective” (2005)
  • Presenter, Society for Scholarly Publishing, Annual Conference, “The USA PATRIOT Act and Homeland Security” (2005)
Among the criminal matters Mr. Ricciuti has handled are as follows:

  • United States v. Chiquita Brands International:  Represented independent board members in action involving alleged violations of International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
  • Big Dig Ceiling Collapse:  Represented Massachusetts Turnpike Authority in criminal and NTSB investigations of fraud and other offenses regarding Central Artery/Tunnel Project (Big Dig) ceiling collapse.
  • Health Care Fraud:  Represented clients in federal health care fraud investigations of alleged off-label marketing of pharmaceuticals and sales practices regarding medical devices.
  • Public Integrity:  Represented public sector clients in public integrity investigations, including a federal law enforcement agent against whom threatened charges were dropped. 
  • Computer Crime: Represented clients in computer hacking cases.
  • Representation of Victims of Fraud:  Represented victims in federal criminal fraud prosecutions.  Represented victim and software manufacturer in the TJX computer hacking case and twice successfully advocated that federal charges be brought in cases where clients had been victimized by fraud.
  • Other Criminal:  Represented clients in state and federal criminal matters involving such offenses as fraud, environmental crime, and export control. 

Securities Enforcement:   Represented clients in investigations and proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly NASD), the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and the Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Internal Investigations:  Conducted internal investigations on behalf of clients and assisted in evaluating criminal, regulatory, or civil exposure. 

Administrative Actions:  Represented clients in investigations and proceedings before federal and state administrative agencies, including the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Offices of the Inspector General (OIG) for several federal agencies, Attorneys General (AG) offices in several states, and other state regulators in Massachusetts and elsewhere.  

Civil Litigation: 
Among the civil matters Mr. Ricciuti has handled are as follows:

  • Central Bank of Ecuador et al. v. Ansbacher (Bahamas) Ltd., et al.:  Represent Central Bank of Ecuador in major bank fraud case pending in Nassau, Bahamas.
  • Real Estate Bar Association v. National Real Estate Information Services, et al.:  Represent real estate settlement services company in federal action involving legal practice and interstate commerce clause issues.
  • In re Jeffrey Auerhahn:  Represent Assistant United States Attorney in federal disciplinary action.
  • Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial v. Cafesjian, et al.:  Represented the Armenian Assembly of America and Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial in a federal trial against former officer and director in breach of fiduciary duty case.
  • False Claims: Represented clients in investigations and litigation arising under the federal False Claims Act.  
  • Arbitrations:  Represented clients in arbitrations, including FINRA arbitrations.