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Breton Leone-Quick

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Education

  • University of Michigan (JD, 2002)
  • Wesleyan University (BA, English, 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • US District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Bret practices in the firm’s litigation section, and has significant experience representing public companies, including their officers and directors, and clients in the financial services industry, including:

  • Hedge funds and fund managers;
  • Other Investment Advisers (including managers of mutual funds, general partners of private equity funds, and wealth management firms) and their officers, directors, principals, and employees;
  • Broker-dealers, including their officers and/or principals and registered representatives;
  • Investment bankers and other financial advisors;
  • Transfer agents; and
  • Issuers and distributors of variable annuity contracts.

Bret has represented these individuals and entities in various contexts, including SEC investigations, FINRA inquiries and investigations, Department of Justice investigations, investigations by the Massachusetts Securities Division, arbitrations, and in private civil litigation (on both the plaintiff side and defense side) at both the trial court and appellate court level.

In addition to his substantial experience representing clients in connection with the federal securities laws, Bret has also successfully defended clients in cases brought pursuant to the Federal False Claims Act. 

Bret frequently advises public and private companies, and their officers, directors, and employees, in securities litigation and in SEC and internal investigations. In addition, Bret frequently advises officers, directors, and public and private companies on corporate law, corporate compliance, and risk management issues. As part of this representation, Bret has helped establish, design, and revise corporate compliance programs and policies, and has counseled dozens of clients on their records management obligations.

Recognitions & Awards

  • The National Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune: Rising Star (2014)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Co-Editor, American Bar Association Securities Litigation Journal 
  • Co-Editor, Securities Litigation & Compliance Matters blog
  • Member, Community Impact Committee, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
  • Board of Directors, Central Square Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts