Alex G. Romain is a leading national trial lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience in high-stakes complex civil and commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.
Mr. Romain’s fierce advocacy has earned him exemplary results for his clients. He was a member of the trial team that exonerated the late Senator Ted Stevens, playing a key role in pursuing the exculpatory evidence that ultimately led to the senator’s victory. The American Lawyer described the trial 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.”
Another highlight of Mr. Romain’s career to date was the successful representation of the Baltimore Ravens in connection with an independent investigation conducted by former FBI Director Robert Mueller into the National Football League’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence controversy. Mr. Romain also acted as lead counsel representing a leading global professional services company in an $832 million malpractice lawsuit brought by the city of Houston in connection with the city’s $6.2 billion pension crisis, and 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.
Mr. Romain 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.
Mr. Romain was featured in Law360’s “Minority Powerbrokers” series and was selected to Savoy Magazine’s list of “Most Influential Black Lawyers.” He has recently been featured in Attorney at Law magazine as Attorney of the Month and in The Recorder.
Before joining Hueston Hennigan, Mr. Romain spent 10 years as a litigation partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. For his work at the Department of Justice in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Mr. Romain received the U.S. Attorney General’s special Commendation Award for Outstanding Service.
- As lead counsel, achieved a favorable settlement for 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.
- Obtained favorable settlement for a regional airline in a nationally prominent wrongful termination and defamation case brought by a former pilot. Secured settlement on the eve of trial.
- Obtained a favorable settlement, shortly before trial, in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought against the airline.
- 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 Senator Ted Stevens on criminal charges that he made false statements on federal disclosure forms. Mr. Romain played a leading role in pursuing the exculpatory evidence that ultimately led to the senator’s exoneration.
- 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.
- Defending Southern California Edison against claims arising out of the Thomas Firein Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and the recent Montecito mudslides. The fires are widely regarded as the largest in California history, and the mudslides triggered the deadliest flooding event in memory.
- 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 defended an international, New York-based law firm against a $1.6 billion corporate meltdown claimbrought 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 suitagainst an international law firm.
- Defended Washington, D.C. businessman in connection with U.S. attorney’s 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.
- As lead counsel, defended an individual on charges of theft and fraudulent misappropriation.
- Successfully defended the former CFO 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 CFO.
- Defended a leading cruise line company in a grand jury investigation regarding alleged environmental pollution.
- Successfully defended a for-profit college in arbitration in connection with state and federal investigations of allegedly false representations and fraudulent recruiting practices.
Professional Affiliations and Community Activities
- Board of Directors, Alliance for Children’s Rights
- Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section
- Member, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association
- Member, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
- Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter
- Co-chair, ABA White Collar Crime Section, Diversity Subcommittee
- Chairman, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, District of Columbia (2014)
- Member, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Visual and Performing Arts District Advisory Committee
- Pro bono counsel, Sitar Arts Center, Washington, D.C.
- Board of Directors, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C. (2012-2017)
- Board member, Little Folks School, Washington, D.C. (2010-2016)
Selected Publications and Speaking Engagements
- “Federal Securities Statutes Say What They Say,” with Jenna Williams, Daily Journal (March 22, 2018)
- “The Impact of Digital Realty,” with Jenna Williams, Daily Journal (February 23, 2018)
- “Securities Law at the High Court,” with Jenna Williams, Daily Journal (January 23, 2018)
- “Secondary Actor Liability Under State Securities Statutes,” panelist, ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference (September 2017)
- “The Nuts & Bolts of Government Investigations,” CLE Presentation (August 2017)
- “Defending the High-Profile Client,” SDA Attorneys’ Conference (October 2016)
- “Current Issues in Criminal Justice Reform,” moderator, SDA Attorneys’ Conference (October 2016)