Overview

Romeo Quinto is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office. Mr. Quinto is a commercial litigator with 20 years of experience handling complex business disputes in federal and state courts across the United States, at the trial and appellate levels, and in domestic and international arbitration. His clients include leading life sciences companies, financial institutions and transportation companies. Mr. Quinto is also a trusted business counselor and advocate opposite federal and state regulatory agencies, including representing one of the Big Four banks in the implementation of and compliance with several landmark consent judgment matters valued in the tens of billions of dollars.

In addition, Mr. Quinto's litigation practice concentrates on complex commercial disputes involving antitrust laws, breach of contract, fraud, trade secrets, unfair and deceptive business practices, unjust enrichment and various federal and state statutes. Most recently, he tried a pharmaceutical milestone payment dispute in an international arbitration before the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. He served as lead counsel and argued several contentious matters in federal court in defense of a healthcare company accused of first-of-its-kind per se antitrust violations for allegedly striking employee no-poach agreements with other companies. He also defended a heavy truck manufacturer in private arbitration against contract claims allegedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars related to a profit-sharing plan.

Other significant representations over the course of Mr. Quinto's career include litigating large-scale antitrust cases brought against manufacturers in the auto, food and tobacco industries. He defended an individual entrepreneur and his startup company in a trade secret case at the forefront of algorithmic high-frequency trading against his former employer and one of the world's largest hedge fund companies. Mr. Quinto obtained dismissals of several class actions in federal district court, which were upheld on appeal, on behalf of a financial services company sued by county governments for novel statutory claims seeking millions of dollars in mortgage assignment recording fees. He also has represented large corporations in the pharmaceutical, consumer products and consumer services industries, as well as nonprofits, against claims such as product liability, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations, consumer fraud, breach of contract and violations of various other U.S. federal and state laws.

Complementing his litigation practice, Mr. Quinto's regulatory practice includes advising and representing national clients on consumer, financial and business practice issues opposite the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Reserve Board, state attorneys general and other governmental agencies. Most recently, Mr. Quinto was lead counsel for a bank in implementing and complying with the terms of a consent order with the U.S. Trustee Program related to bankruptcy filings nationwide. Before that, he was lead counsel for a bank's implementation of the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement, including advising the bank over a 3½-year period to demonstrate to a third-party independent monitor sustained compliance with more than 300 mortgage servicing standards.

Mr. Quinto maintains an active pro bono practice. As a member of the trial bar in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, he has been appointed by the court to prosecute civil rights violations in prisoner litigation. He successfully represented a client before the District of Columbia Office of Citizen Complaint Review (now the D.C. Office of Police Complaints), which led to a new police policy regarding the treatment of minors who are in the company of an adult placed under arrest. Outside of his law practice, Mr. Quinto coached moot court in the Honors Appellate Advocacy Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law for 18 years, and continues to be an active alumnus serving as a first-year student mentor, diversity mentor, member of the school's diversity council and a former member of its Alumni Board of Governors. He is a frequent speaker at events hosted by various bar associations and by Chicago-area law schools, as well as a frequent guest lecturer or panelist in law school and continuing legal education (CLE) courses.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Quinto was a partner for a multinational law firm in its Chicago office. He previously served as a partner in the global litigation practice for another international law firm and clerked for the Honorable David D. Dowd Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Representative Experience

  • Tried breach of contract case on behalf of a multinational pharmaceutical company in international arbitration involving milestone payment in a stock purchase agreement; confidential decision
  • Represented major consumer products companies in putative class actions filed in state and federal courts where plaintiffs assert Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), consumer fraud and other claims for alleged false advertising
  • Obtained a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decision that dismissed with prejudice a plaintiff who asserted lending and other claims purportedly on behalf of nationwide class in Refund Anticipation Loan litigation; opposed plaintiff's petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Obtained a jury verdict in excess of $1 million in federal court on claim for breach of insurance broker's fiduciary duty, successfully defended verdict in resulting appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and obtained favorable opinion on questions certified to Supreme Court of Florida
  • Represented a statehood party candidate in a gubernatorial election challenge filed in federal court in Puerto Rico; obtained a favorable ruling on attorney's fees issue in District Court; won resulting appeal on fees issue in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

  • Defended a healthcare company in federal court against putative class action alleging per se Sherman Act violations involving employee no-poach agreements
  • Defended an automobile manufacturer in federal court against dealers alleging class action under the Robinson-Patman Act, Automobile Dealers Day in Court Act and various state franchise and other laws; successfully decertified class in interlocutory appeal; case then settled on individual claims
  • Defended a tobacco company in federal court against moist snuff competitor for claims under Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Lanham Act and various other laws; case settled
  • Represented a plaintiff cranberry producer in federal court against its competitor on claims for violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act; case settled

  • Represented a financial services company in a series of cases filed by county governments related to the recording of assignments of mortgages; obtained dismissals in multiple cases, which have been affirmed on appeal
  • Represented a national mortgage servicer in implementation of and ongoing compliance with federal and state government settlements involving mortgage loan servicing, residential mortgage-backed securities and bankruptcy practices

  • Represented an insurance brokerage company in a trade secret dispute involving aircraft financing; case settled on favorable terms before trial
  • Represented an individual entrepreneur against his former employer, a major hedge fund company, in arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) involving multimillion-dollar claims of trade secret misappropriation, noncompete violations and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as multimillion-dollar counterclaims of breach of compensation agreements; case settled on eve of trial
  • Represented an international food company in a case against a competitor involving claims and cross claims for global trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and tortious interference; case settled via mediation
  • Represented an insurance adjusting firm in prosecuting claims in federal court for misappropriation of trade secrets under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) arising out of Hurricane Katrina-related insurance litigation

Credentials

Education
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
  • DePaul University, B.S.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Memberships
  • Asian American Bar Association (AABA) of Chicago, Board Member
  • Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA Chicago)
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
  • National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Federal Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Francis J. Rooney/St. Thomas More Award, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2020
  • Moot Court Coach of the Year, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2016
  • St. Robert Bellarmine Award, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2010

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