Paula J. DeGiacomo - Greenberg Traurig LLP
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Paula J. DeGiacomo

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014
Phone: 617-310-6092

Paula J. DeGiacomo concentrates her practice in the area of white collar defense and related complex civil litigation. She represents individuals and corporations in government enforcement and regulatory actions concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud, and other fraud and corruption matters. Paula also represents corporations in corporate internal investigations.

Prior to joining the firm, Paula spent nine years as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts where she investigated and tried an array of complex money laundering, bank, wire, fraud and racketeering cases, as well as multidistrict drug conspiracies, for which she received numerous awards. She has also served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, and was the Chief of the Criminal Appellate Division.

Paula's broad appellate experience includes briefing as well as arguing thirty appeals in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, including two en banc appeals and three reversals of district court decisions. She has also argued several appeals in the Massachusetts appellate courts.

Smith CollegeAB 1976Suffolk University Law SchoolJ.D. 1980
Boston Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Areas of Concentration
  • White collar defense
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Securities fraud
  • Internal investigations
  • Appellate practice in federal and state courts
Significant Representations
  • Representation of a senior executive in investigation by the Department of Justice's Antitrust division related to price fixing (2012-2013).
  • Represented Fortune 50 international company in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations by U.S. Department of Justice and SEC (2012-2012).
  • Represented international company in the arms industry in parallel FCPA investigations by U.S. Department of Justice and SEC (2010-Present).
  • Represented co-president of underwriter/distributor of mutual fund complex in SEC enforcement action relating to market timing, including briefing and arguing rehearing en banc before U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. En banc appeal resulted in a reversal of panel opinion and dismissal of Rule 10b-5 cause of action (2010-2012).
  • Represented senior executive of mutual fund company in SEC and state securities enforcement actions relating to liquidation of fixed income fund, marketing and pricing of mortgage-backed securities (2009).
  • Represented member of board of directors of international company in investigation by U.S. Attorney and SEC relating to alleged securities fraud in misrepresenting reported earnings (2008-2009).
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  • Represented president of defense contractor that supplied equipment to the U.S. military in investigation by the U.S. Attorney relating to the federal anti-kickback statute (2008).
  • Represented Fortune 50 company in investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Fair Labor and Business Practices Division relating to wage and hour violations (2005-2009).
  • Represented officer of hedge fund in market timing investigation by U.S. Attorney and SEC (2007).
  • Represented international, privately held company in federal civil RICO action which recovered millions of dollars from former executive who was also prosecuted by U.S. Attorney's Office on charges of mail and tax fraud (2001-2005). Additionally, represented company in ensuing civil action against insurance company (2002-2005).
  • Conducted internal corporate investigations in response to government investigations and those requested by companies regarding compliance with federal and state regulations, corporate governance practices, code of ethics, and other company policies, including:
    • Led counsel in several internal investigations for Fortune 50 international company involving propriety of the business conduct/corporate governance (2005-2006).
    • Co-represented internal investigation of Fortune 50 international company in response to U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service probe (2004).
  • Co-represented Fortune 50 international retail chain in wage and hour class action; briefed and argued interlocutory appeal in Massachusetts Appeals Court (2005-2008).

Office Location

One International Place
Boston, MA 02110
United States

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: White-Collar