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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 is a former federal securities fraud prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, described in Chambers USA as “a real rising star” and “an experienced, savvy litigator” and recognized by The Legal 500 in Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense. She 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;
  • 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;
  • Special Litigation Committee of a major financial institution in connection with shareholder demands related to the institution’s transactions with a foreign government-backed entity;
  • A prestigious school in an internal investigation related to a high-profile individual;
  • A global financial institution in a high-stakes money-laundering and COPA multi-agency investigation coming out of Latin America; and
  • A global financial institution in parallel government investigations involving alleged misstatements and omissions and potential conflicts of interests related to contemplated securities offerings.
  • 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.
Accolades
  • Chambers USA
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the United States
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, National “Litigation Star” and New York “Litigation Star”
  • The Legal 500 U.S.
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
  • S.D.N.Y. Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel
  • Women's White Collar Defense Association
  • New York City Bar, Women in the Legal Profession: White Collar Crime Subcommittee
Admissions
  • New York 
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 

Brooke E. Cucinella is a former federal securities fraud prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, described in Chambers USA as “a real rising star” and “an experienced, savvy litigator.” She 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.

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;
  • Special Litigation Committee of a major financial institution in connection with shareholder demands related to the institution’s transactions with a foreign government-backed entity;
  • A prestigious school in an internal investigation related to a high-profile individual;
  • A global financial institution in a high-stakes money-laundering and COPA multi-agency investigation coming out of Latin America; and
  • A global financial institution in parallel government investigations involving alleged misstatements and omissions and potential conflicts of interests related to contemplated securities offerings.

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.

In addition to being recognized by Chambers, 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.” Brooke is also recognized by The Legal 500 in Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense. 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.​​

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