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Brooke E. Cucinella
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-3070
Fax: +1-212-455-2502

Brooke Cucinella, a former federal securities fraud prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, represents companies, boards and executives in government and internal investigations and high-profile disputes. Brooke also counsels clients on crisis response planning and cyber security incidents. Brooke previously served in the DOJ as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was a senior member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. As a federal prosecutor, she tried multiple significant cases and oversaw numerous investigations involving federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the SEC. Brooke was responsible for investigating and prosecuting a wide range of complex financial crimes, including accounting fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, wire fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, money laundering and public corruption. She also has significant experience coordinating cross-border investigations.

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Work Highlights
  • Alibaba in multibillion-dollar securities class action alleging false and misleading statements in prospectus for its record-setting $25 billion IPO
  • Leading global pharmaceutical manufacturer in global anti-corruption investigation focused on alleged misconduct in multiple jurisdictions
  • Executive of a major financial institution in a criminal spoofing investigation
  • Special committee of the board of a global financial institution in an internal investigation and shareholder demand

Experience prior to Simpson Thacher includes:

  • United States v. William Walters: after a four-week trial, convicted a well-known professional sports gambler in a $40 million insider trading scheme, the largest insider case brought against an individual in the Southern District
  • United States v. David Blaszczak, et al.: after a five-week trial, convicted four defendants of insider trading on the basis of information misappropriated from government agencies
  • United States v. Brian Coll: after a two-week trial, convicted a Rikers Island corrections officer of causing the death of an inmate and multiple counts of obstruction of justice in connection with a cover up
  • United States v. Moshe Mirilashvili: after a three-week trial, convicted a medical doctor of conspiring to distribute and distributing medically unnecessary oxycodone
Accolades
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the United States
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, 2006 J.D.
    magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Editor-In-Chief of the Irving L. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition
  • Kalamazoo College, 2000 B.A.
    cum laude; Commencement Speaker
Associations
  • Women's White Collar Defense Association
  • New York City Bar, Women in the Legal Profession: White Collar Crime Subcommittee
  • Law360, White Collar Editorial Advisory Board
Admissions
  • New York 
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 

Brooke E. Cucinella, a former federal securities fraud prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, represents companies, boards and executives in government and internal investigations and high-profile disputes. Brooke also counsels clients on crisis response planning and cyber security incidents.

Prior to joining the Firm, Brooke served in the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was a senior member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. As a federal prosecutor, she tried multiple significant cases and oversaw numerous investigations involving federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Brooke was responsible for investigating and prosecuting a wide range of complex financial crimes, including accounting fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, wire fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, money laundering and public corruption. She also has significant experience coordinating cross-border investigations and arguing appeals.

Brooke has significant trial and investigations experience and her recent representations include:

  • Alibaba in multibillion-dollar securities class action alleging false and misleading statements in prospectus for its record-setting $25 billion IPO;
  • A leading global pharmaceutical manufacturer in global anti-corruption investigation focused on alleged misconduct in multiple jurisdictions;
  • An executive of a major financial institution in a criminal spoofing investigation; and
  • The special committee of the board of a global financial institution in an internal investigation and shareholder demand.

Experience prior to Simpson Thacher includes:

  • United States v. William Walters: after a four-week trial, convicted a well-known professional sports gambler in a $40 million insider trading scheme, the largest insider case brought against an individual in the Southern District;
  • United States v. David Blaszczak, et al.: after a five-week trial, convicted four defendants of insider trading on the basis of information misappropriated from government agencies;
  • United States v. Brian Coll: after a two-week trial, convicted a Rikers Island corrections officer of causing the death of an inmate and multiple counts of obstruction of justice in connection with a cover up; and
  • United States v. Moishe Mirilashvili: after a three-week trial, convicted a medical doctor of conspiring to distribute and distributing medically unnecessary oxycodone.

Prior to joining the Southern District in 2012, Brooke practiced at another international law firm, where she represented companies, special committees, and senior executives in a broad range of white collar, antitrust and securities matters.

Brooke is ranked as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S. by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation. She is a member of the Women's White Collar Defense Association, the New York City Bar’s Women in the Legal Profession: White Collar Crime Subcommittee and Law360’s White Collar Editorial Advisory Board. Brooke received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Fordham Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Kalamazoo College. She is admitted to practice in New York.

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