Roberto M. Braceras, a partner in Goodwin’s Boston office, has successfully represented major corporations, financial firms, leading universities, and individuals – both prominent and indigent. A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Braceras specializes in defending clients in government and SEC investigations. His practice also focuses on securities fraud and higher ed law, including defending clients in Title IX and false claims act litigation.
In 2015, Governor Baker appointed Mr. Braceras to be Vice Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission. He also served on the separate Nominating Commission chosen to help the Governor fill all seven seats of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Mr. Braceras has relationships that cut across political party lines, as he also was recently retained by Suffolk County District Attorney (and likely future U.S. Attorney) Rachael Rollins. His other clients have ranged from MIT, WPI, and Harvard, to Vertex, Wayfair, and leading private equity firms.
His recent cases have involved high-profile investigations involving Jeffrey Epstein and former Suffolk County ADA Adam Foss, the dismissal of a securities class action in Boston federal court, a trial defending a former SAC Capital employee on insider trading charges, the pro bono representation of various defendants facing federal criminal charges, and matters that have been successfully and confidentially resolved.
Mr. Braceras has more than 20 years of experience in white collar criminal defense, securities fraud and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Braceras has represented various private equity firms and their portfolio companies in post-closing and working capital disputes in Delaware Chancery Court and arbitrations, partnership disputes for private equity firms and emerging companies in Delaware courts and in JAMs and AAA arbitration, and medical device companies and individual doctors accused of health care fraud, FCA violations, and claims involving the Anti-Kickback Statute.
Mr. Braceras earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his A.B. magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Braceras has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Commercial Litigation 2022.
Benchmark Litigation recognizes Mr. Braceras as a 2021 Litigation Star in Massachusetts for his work in Commercial, Securities and White Collar Crime. Mr. Braceras is ranked by Chambers USA for his White Collar & Government Investigations work. He has been described as a “tremendous” attorney who “possesses formidable experience and particular expertise in sensitive internal and government investigations and corresponding litigation.” He is also listed in Global Investigations Review 100, a guide to the world’s leading firms for corporate investigations and has been recognized by Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly on its “Power List” as one of the state’s “most influential attorneys.” He was also a recipient of the Attorney General’s Special Achievement Award for his performance as a Department of Justice prosecutor.
Government Experience, White Collar Defense, Global Trade, Hedge Funds, Higher Education, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Complex Litigation + Dispute Resolution, Government Investigations + Enforcement, Impact + Responsible Investing, False Claims Act, Antitrust + Competition, Antitrust Services for Life Sciences Companies