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 credit reporting agency in an investigation by the New York Department of Financial Services in connection with the agency’s marketing and sale of credit monitoring and ID theft protection products;
- Stanford University, led by the Board of Trustees, in a review of its athletics admissions practices in the wake of the Varsity Blues admissions scandal and the guilty plea of former Stanford Sailing Coach John Vandemoer;
- 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 also recognized by the publication as a National “Litigation Star” in White Collar Crime and as a New York “Litigation Star.” She is recognized in Chambers USA, where sources call her “a real rising star at the white-collar Bar” and “an experienced, savvy litigator with deep connections in both the government and defense Bar.” She is a member of the S.D.N.Y. Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel, the Women's White Collar Defense Association and the New York City Bar’s Women in the Legal Profession: White Collar Crime Subcommittee. 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.