Nick Pisegna joined the litigation and enforcement department as an associate in 2016. His practice focuses on securities litigation, complex commercial disputes, and internal and government-initiated investigations. During his time at Ropes & Gray, Nick spent six months as a Special Assistant District Attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted felony- and misdemeanor-level criminal offenses and was the lead prosecutor on five jury trials and numerous evidentiary motions.
Nick also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has helped secure a favorable plea agreement for an individual facing federal, felony-level drug charges, and represented victims of sex trafficking in a lawsuit against Backpage.com alleging violations of federal and state trafficking laws.
Nick is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Boston College Law School. At BC Law, Nick interned at the New York County District Attorney's Office in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Peter W. Agnes, Jr. of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the Honorable Raymond Brassard (Ret.) of the Massachusetts Superior Court.
- Represented bioscience company, and certain of its current and former directors and officers, in securities fraud and derivative class actions involving allegations of insider trading and misrepresentation of drug trial results. Helped to secure dismissal of both actions in federal court.
- Represented therapeutics company and certain of its officers in securities fraud litigation involving allegations of insider trading and misrepresentation of drug trial results. Helped to secure dismissal in federal court.
- Represented companies and individuals, and served as liaison counsel to defendant executive committee representing over 5,000 shareholder defendants, in Tribune Company fraudulent conveyance action, including successful Second Circuit appeal and related Supreme Court briefing.
- Represented pharmaceutical drug company in connection with criminal and civil investigations by the DOJ and SEC into allegations of off-label promotion, securities fraud, and other related issues. Helped to secure favorable, agreed-upon resolution.
- Represented former executive of technology company in DOJ and SEC investigations into disclosure and accounting violations.
- Represented international client in contract dispute with licensee regarding a commercial supply agreement. Assisted in all aspects of discovery, motion practice, and preparation for arbitration.
- Jane Doe v. Backpage.com - Counsel to victims of sex trafficking, alleging violations of federal and state trafficking laws.
- Represented individual from indictment to sentencing in criminal case involving felony-level drug trafficking allegations.
- Lead counsel in successful appeal before the Boston Housing Authority.
- Co-author, “Supreme Court Rules on Securities Act Class Actions,” Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor (April 2018)
- Author, “Probable Cause to Protect Children: The Connection Between Child Molestation and Child Pornography,” Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice (2016)
- Author, “Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Importance of the Summary Judgment Standard in the Deadly Force Case of Gonzalez v. City of Anaheim,” Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice (2016)
- JD, cum laude, Boston College Law School, 2016; executive articles editor, Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice
- BA (History), with Honors, Bowdoin College, 2011