Dominique Rioux

Associate

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  • JD, cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2018; Articles Development Editor for the American Criminal Law Review
  • BA (American Studies), magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 2014; Highest Honors for Senior Thesis

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 2018

Dominique Rioux

Associate

Dominique Rioux joined Ropes & Gray in 2018 as an associate in the litigation department. Her practice includes complex civil litigation and criminal government investigations. She has represented multiple clients in matters involving the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute.

Dominique maintains an active pro bono practice, advising on housing and shelter issues for which she has written briefs before the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She previously represented Christopher Lee Price, an Alabama death row inmate in his Eighth Amendment challenge to Alabama’s lethal injection protocol before the Southern District of Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Dominique filed briefs and argued Sluss v. DOJ before the D.C. Circuit through Georgetown’s Appellate Litigation Clinic, challenging the denial of Mr. Sluss’s transfer request as arbitrary and capricious under the APA, and successfully arguing that an international treaty between the U.S. and Canada governed the Attorney General’s transfer decision.

During law school, Dominique was a Law Fellow who taught first-year students legal analysis, writing, and oral advocacy skills. She also interned for the Honorable Patricia Millett of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Honorable Paul Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Before law school, Dominique worked for the Governor’s Office of Massachusetts on the team implementing the new health care system under the Affordable Care Act. She worked closely with federal and state agencies in this role, including HHS, the Massachusetts Health Connector, and MassHealth.

Experience

  • Defends a life science company in civil False Claims Act qui tam litigation, including drafting responses and objections to requests for production, and conducting fact development.
  • Defends a health care technology company in a criminal government investigation of alleged Anti-Kickback statute violations, including extensive fact development.
  • Represented Christopher Lee Price, an Alabama death row inmate and pro bono client of the firm, in his Eighth Amendment challenge to Alabama’s lethal injection protocol. Within four months, Dominique helped draft 10 motions before the district court, including a cross motion for summary judgment, two emergency motions for a preliminary injunction, and a motion for judgment on partial findings. She also helped draft three Eleventh Circuit appeals, a motion before the Alabama Supreme Court, and a cert. petition and two emergency stay motions before the United States Supreme Court. In that same timeframe, Dominique also helped the team prepare for trial by preparing expert reports and second chairing a deposition.
  • JD, cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2018; Articles Development Editor for the American Criminal Law Review
  • BA (American Studies), magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 2014; Highest Honors for Senior Thesis
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