Brien T. O'Connor
Brien O'Connor, a partner in the Boston office, has represented numerous well-known corporations, as well as individuals, in white-collar criminal cases and investigations and other government enforcement and regulatory matters. Brien has represented clients in matters involving alleged securities fraud, health care fraud and abuse, tax crimes, export law violations and other fraud and corruption. Brien also handles complex civil cases, some of which are related to government enforcement, and conducts internal investigations for corporate clients.
Brien rejoined Ropes & Gray in June of 1999 with ten years of experience investigating and prosecuting complex securities, health care, insurance and bank fraud, public corruption, tax, drug trafficking, money laundering, RICO violations, and other federal crimes for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts.
From 1996 to 1999, Brien served as Chief of Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions for the United States Attorney's Office. In 1996, he received the John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation, the Department of Justice's top trial award, for leading a nationwide municipal securities fraud and corruption investigation that culminated in the conviction of a prominent investment banker following a three-month jury trial, and multimillion-dollar civil settlements with two leading Wall Street investment banks. Brien has successfully tried numerous cases to juries and has successfully handled several appeals in the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Featured, "Q&A With Ropes & Gray's Brien O'Connor," Law360 (June 2013)
- Presenter, “False Claims Act Enforcement Trends in the Healthcare Industry,” American Conference Institute’s 4th Advanced Forum on False Claims and Qui Tam Enforcement, New York, NY (January 2017)
- Panelist, “The Rise of Qui Tam Litigation and its Impact on How Fraud Cases are Investigated and Prosecuted,” Edward Bennett Williams’ American Inn of Court Meeting, Washington, D.C. (September 2012)