A partner in our litigation practice, Benito focuses on white-collar defense, including Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulatory enforcement, and related complex civil litigation.
He has significant experience dealing with his clients’ most complex problems – in the courtroom, the boardroom, before governmental bodies or in private arbitration.
He has represented public companies, board committees and individual officers in internal, criminal and regulatory investigations, prosecutions and related civil litigations.
These include investigations of price fixing in the airline industry by the US Department of Justice, options backdating, fraud in the auctions rate market, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers by the SEC and Conrad Black’s criminal trial.
“The ‘terrific’ Benito Romano … is an expert in SEC enforcement, and has a wealth of experience assisting clients during investigations by other federal and state regulatory agencies.”
Chambers USA 2016
“Sources describe him as ‘extremely experienced and incredibly down to earth,’ and praise his ‘excellent client service skills.’ He is also noted for his ability to ‘think strategy through and come up with solutions.’”
Chambers USA 2013
“Benito Romano is adept at handling white-collar defense, including SEC and other regulatory enforcement matters, as well as complex civil litigation. Sources state ‘He does an excellent job and is a pleasure to work with.’”
Chambers USA 2011
- Senior executives of two major global financial institutions based outside the United States on US federal and local criminal investigations of alleged violations of US economic sanctions against Iran.
- An audit committee created by a major municipality to investigate underfunding of public employee pension obligations and non-disclosures in bonds offerings.
- A major multinational oilfield services and equipment provider in an internal investigation relating to compliance concerns under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
- A leading supplier of dialysis services in a criminal investigation and related civil investigation of government supported services provided on the basis of allegedly unreliable clinical tests.
Career to date
Benito served as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, representing the United States in all criminal and civil court proceedings in Manhattan and surrounding northern counties. He was also an Assistant US Attorney, holding the offices of Chief of Public Corruption, Chief Appellate Attorney, Executive Assistant US Attorney and Associate US Attorney. For 20 years, Benito was also a partner and the leader of the white-collar defense practice group at a major law firm.
Qualifications and education
Benito received his JD from Columbia Law School and his BA from New York University. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.