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Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti joins BCLP White Collar and Investigations Practice

August 22, 2022

International law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner announced the addition of new Partner Renato Mariotti to the Litigation & Investigations Practice. He joins BCLP in the Chicago office.

Renato is an accomplished trial and appellate attorney who represents a diverse group of clients in complex, high-stakes litigation, with a special focus on commodities and securities issues. Matters often include class actions, derivative-related claims and allegations of cyber theft. A former federal prosecutor, Renato is also a high-profile media source, legal analyst and commentator.

Renato joined BCLP from Thompson Coburn; prior, he was a federal prosecutor in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Section of the United States Attorney’s Office. He was the lead prosecutor in United States v. Michael Coscia, the nation’s first federal prosecution of a high-frequency trader for order entry and the first prosecution nationwide under the anti-spoofing provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. This landmark case marked the beginning of enforcement in computer-aided trading.

During his nine years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Renato tried more than a dozen criminal cases and prosecuted a diverse collection of white-collar crimes, including commodities and securities fraud, spoofing, cybercrime, bank fraud, investor fraud, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, tax evasion and internet pharmaceutical sales. He also briefed and argued numerous appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Seventh and Ninth Circuits.

“We are thrilled that Renato will be joining us. Renato is a first-rate trial and appellate attorney with enforcement and investigation experience that will benefit our financial services clients, particularly ones in the securities, commodities and cryptocurrency industries,” said BCLP Partner and Co-Global Practice Group Leader of Financial Services Disputes and Investigations Eric Martin.

In private practice, Renato has handled government inquiries, including accounting irregularities, directors and officer liability, whistleblower allegations, board governance and oversight, and internal controls. He defends firms and individuals in enforcement actions and conducts internal investigations and helps trading firms develop internal compliance programs to ensure that traders do not engage in disruptive trading practices.

“We are excited to welcome Renato to BCLP,” said Partner and Global Department Leader of Litigation & Investigations Lee Marshall. “His deep experience as a trial and appellate attorney across a broad range of litigation will benefit clients firmwide as we look to strengthen our dynamic practice.”

Renato is a well-known media source and legal commentator concerning breaking legal news. He was a CNN legal analyst and often appears on MSNBC, CNN and CNBC. He has been quoted in The New York Times, Time magazine and The Washington Post. He is a legal affairs columnist for POLITICO Magazine and has authored legal insight pieces for a number of top news outlets across the country.

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