Alex Romain is a leading national trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in high-stakes, complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.
Alex’s advocacy has led to exemplary results for his clients. He was a member of the trial team that exonerated the late Sen. Ted Stevens, playing a key role in pursuing the exculpatory evidence that ultimately led to the senator’s exoneration. The American Lawyer described his team’s work on the case as “one of the best criminal defense performances in memory, resulting in a heightened scrutiny of prosecutors that will affect the Justice Department for years to come.”
Among other high-profile matters, Alex successfully represented the Baltimore Ravens in connection with the independent investigation conducted by former FBI Director Robert Mueller into the National Football League’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident. As lead counsel, Alex represented a leading global professional services company in an $830 million malpractice lawsuit brought by the city of Houston in connection with the city’s $6.2 billion pension crisis. Alex also successfully represented the former chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae against securities fraud claims in which the plaintiff sought more than $2 billion in damages, and the court awarded his client summary judgment on all counts.
Alex has litigated privilege and conflicts issues on behalf of private equity and accounting firms. He has also defended individuals and corporations against allegations of campaign finance violations, obstruction of justice, bank fraud, environmental pollution, theft, fraudulent misappropriation, and attempted murder.
Alex was selected to Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America, and was featured in Law360’s “Minority Powerbrokers” series. He was selected to Savoy Magazine’s list of “Most Influential Black Lawyers.” He has also recently been featured in The Recorder and in Attorney at Law Magazine as Attorney of the Month.
Before moving to California, Alex spent 10 years as a litigation partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. During law school, he worked at the Department of Justice in the Office of the Attorney General for Civil Rights, where he received the U.S. Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award for Outstanding Service.
- As lead counsel, defended a leading global professional services company in an $830 million actuarial malpractice lawsuit brought by the city of Houston in connection with the city’s $6.2 billion pension crisis.
- Successfully represented the Baltimore Ravens and several of its senior personnel in connection with the independent investigation conducted by former FBI Director Robert Mueller into the National Football League’s handling of the Ray Rice controversy and Mr. Rice’s grievance against the Ravens.
- Won summary judgment on all counts in a $2 billion securities class action case, representing the former chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae against securities fraud claims.
- Successfully defended the late Sen. Ted Stevens on criminal charges that he made false statements on federal disclosure forms. Alex played a leading role in pursuing the exculpatory evidence that ultimately led to the senator’s exoneration.
- As lead counsel, defended a global professional services company in connection with the Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s investigation of the proposed mergers of Anthem with Cigna and Aetna with Humana and represented company in United States v. Anthem, et al. & United States v. Aetna, et al.
- Successfully represented a leading global professional services company in an ERISA breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, along with corresponding investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
- As co-lead counsel, defended the owner of a health care company in a two-week federal criminal trial in Little Rock, Arkansas, on six counts of bribery, conspiracy, and honest services fraud.
- As lead attorney investigator, defended a major utilities company against claims arising out of the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and the Montecito mudslides. The fires were regarded as the largest in California history at that time.
- Successfully defended an international, New York-based law firm against a $1.6 billion corporate meltdown claim brought by a bankruptcy trustee.
- As lead trial counsel in a pro bono matter, defended the accused in a weeklong trial on charges of attempted murder.
- Won summary judgment on all counts in a $500 million legal malpractice suit against an international law firm.
- Defended a Washington, D.C. businessman in connection with a U.S. attorney investigation into the financing of a 2010 “shadow campaign” on behalf of the city’s former mayor, Vincent Gray, and charges of obstruction of justice and campaign finance violations.
- Obtained a favorable settlement for a regional airline in a nationally prominent wrongful termination and defamation case brought by a former pilot. Secured a settlement on the eve of a three-week trial.
- Successfully defended the former chief financial officer of a major oil services company in connection with an SEC enforcement investigation involving allegations of accounting fraud, after which the SEC declined to bring any charges against the former chief financial officer.
- Successfully defended a for-profit college in arbitration in connection with state and federal investigations of allegedly false representations and fraudulent recruiting practices.
- Defended a leading cruise line company in a grand jury investigation regarding alleged environmental pollution.
- As lead counsel, defended an individual on charges of theft and fraudulent misappropriation.
Honors & Awards
- Selected as one of Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America” (2018 & 2019)
- Benchmark California Litigation Star (Commercial Litigation) (2017-2019)
- Southern California Super Lawyers List (2019)
- Featured as Attorney at Law Magazine’s “Attorney of the Month” (2018)
- Featured in Law360’s “Minority Powerbrokers” series (2015)
- Selected as one of Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Black Leaders” (2015)
- Included on The National Law Journal’s “Appellate Hot List” (2010)
- “Look at me!” Daily Journal (February 20, 2019)
- “Federal Securities Statutes Say What They Say,” Daily Journal (March 22, 2018)
- “The Impact of Digital Reality,” Daily Journal (February 23, 2018)
- “Securities Law at the High Court,” Daily Journal (January 23, 2018)
- “Fraud: Tips for Prevention, Detection, and Investigation,” Presenter, Seminar – Institute of Internal Auditors (November 2019)
- “Handling Government Investigations: Perspectives for Internal Audit,” Presenter, Institute of Internal Auditors, San Gabriel Valley Chapter (October 2019)
- “Pension and Benefit Litigation Case Studies,” Panelist, International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association Conference (Lisbon, Portugal, May 2019)
- “The Interplay of Ethics & Compliance,” Guest Lecturer, USC Gould School of Law (2019)
- “Tips for Structuring a Compliance Program,” Guest Lecturer, USC Gould School of Law (2019)
- “Tips for Enforcing a Compliance Program,” Guest Lecturer, USC Gould School of Law (2019)
“Non-Profit Boards: A Guide to Service,” CLE Presentation (2018)
- “Secondary Actor Liability Under State Securities Statutes,” American Bar Association National Legal Malpractice Conference (September 2017)
“The Nuts and Bolts of Government Investigations,” CLE presentation (August 2017)
“Defending the High-Profile Client,” SDA Attorneys’ Conference (October 2016)
“Current Issues in Criminal Justice Reform,” SDA Attorneys’ Conference (October 2016)
“Social Media & Legal Ethics,” CLE Presentation (2012)
Professional Affiliations and Community Activities
- Member, board of directors, Alliance for Children’s Rights
- Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section
- Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association
- Counsel, Sitar Arts Center, Washington, D.C.
- Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
- Co-chair, American Bar Association White Collar Crime Section, Diversity Subcommittee
- Member, board of directors, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, DC (2012 – 2017)
- Chairman, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, District of Columbia (2014)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1997); Executive notes editor, Michigan Law Review; First place, Campbell Moot Court Competition; Clarence Darrow Scholar
Yale University (B.A., History, 1992)
- New York
- District of Columbia
- Hon. Sandra L. Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- Hon. Reginald C. Lindsay, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts