Alex Romain is a leading national trial lawyer with more than 19 years’ experience in high-stakes complex civil and commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Mr. Romain previously was a litigation partner for ten years at Williams & Connolly LLP, in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Romain’s fierce advocacy has earned him exemplary results for his clients. Mr. Romain 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 has 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.”
“One of the best criminal defense performances in memory.”
-The American Lawyer
Mr. Romain 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 controversy. As lead counsel, Mr. Romain represented 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. Mr. Romain 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. 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. And Mr. Romain is serving as trial counsel for an airline in a three-week trial scheduled for October 2018.
For 2019, Mr. Romain has been recognized as a Benchmark California Litigation Star and a Southern California Super Lawyer. In 2018, Mr. Romain was named as one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Mr. Romain has also been recognized in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation as a local “Litigation Star” in the area of general commercial litigation. He was featured in Law360’s Minority Powerbrokers” series and was selected to Savoy Magazine’s list of “Most Influential Black Lawyers.” Mr. Romain has recently been featured in Attorney at Law magazine as Attorney of the Month and in The Recorder. In 2010, the National Law Journal named Mr. Romain to its “Appellate Hot List” for his work as lead counsel in the favorable decision, In re Fannie Mae Securities Litigation, 552 F.3d 814 (D.C. Cir. 2009), a decision that affirmed the trial court’s holding a government agency in contempt. 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, represented 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 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 healthcare 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 Fire in 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 claim brought by a bankruptcy trustee.
- As lead trial counsel in a pro bono matter, defended the accused in a week-long 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 Washington, D.C. businessman in connection with U.S. Attorney’s investigation into the financing of a 2010 “shadow campaign” on behalf of former D.C. 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.
- Represented a global alternative investment firm in a $65 million fraud case.
Professional Associations and Public Service
- Board of Directors, Alliance for Children’s Rights
- Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section
- Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers’ Association
- Member, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Visual and Performing Arts District Advisory Committee
- Board of Directors, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, DC (2012-2017)
- Pro bono counsel, Sitar Arts Center (Washington, DC)
- Chairman of U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, District of Columbia (2014)
- Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter
- Co-Chair, ABA White Collar Crime Section, Diversity Sub-Committee
- District of Columbia Bar Legal Ethics Committee (2009-2014)
- American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Working Group (2007-2009)
- Board Member, Little Folks School, Washington, DC (2010-2016)
Selected Publications and Speaking Engagements
- “Federal Securities Statutes Say What They Say,” with Jenna Williams, Los Angeles Daily Journal (March 22, 2018)
- “The Impact of Digital Realty,” with Jenna Williams, Los Angeles Daily Journal (February 23, 2018)
- “Securities Law at the High Court,” with Jenna Williams, Los Angeles Daily Journal (January 23, 2018)
- “Secondary Actor Liability Under State Securities Statutes,” ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference, Panelist (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)
- “Social Media & Legal Ethics,” in-house CLE Presentation (October 2012)