Michael Pineault is former Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts and former Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Deval L. Patrick. He practices in the area of white collar criminal defense, government investigations and enforcement actions, and complex business litigation.
Mr. Pineault has nearly 20 years of experience prosecuting and defending criminal and civil cases in both federal and state courts and has tried numerous complex cases to verdict. His experience spans the following areas:
- HEALTHCARE: Investigations concerning the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Act, the False Claims Act, and regulations governing the sales and marketing practices of pharmaceutical and medical device companies;
- SECURITIES AND FINANCIAL SERVICES : Securities and Exchange Commission, Justice Department and state Securities Division investigations of public companies, executives, investment advisers and broker/dealers concerning stock option practices, market timing, insider trading, revenue recognition, and the misappropriation of assets;
- OTHER WHITE COLLAR MATTERS: Investigations involving tax evasion, bank fraud, currency reporting violations, government contract fraud, and mail and wire fraud;
- BUSINESS DISPUTES: Civil litigation involving commercial disputes, including allegations of breach of contract, unfair and deceptive business practices, defamation, misrepresentation and fraud;
- EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES: Litigation involving corporations, officers and employees in connection with employment agreements, severance issues, breach of fiduciary duty, non-compete agreements, wrongful termination, discrimination and civil rights claims, and other issues relating to the formation and termination of employment relationships;
- PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY: Defense of claims alleging legal malpractice, principally in complex commercial transactions.
Prior to co-founding Clements & Pineault, Mr. Pineault served as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Patrick from January 2007 to November 2009, where he had principal responsibility for, among other things, providing legal advice to the Governor and his senior advisors on legislation, major initiatives, litigation, and investigations involving health and human services, education, labor and workforce development, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He joined Governor Patrick’s administration from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, where he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1997 to January 2007.
While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Pineault spent seven years in the Economic Crimes Unit, first as a line attorney, then as deputy chief, and ultimately as chief of that unit. As a line attorney, Mr. Pineault successfully tried to verdict several multi-million dollar cases involving allegations of securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, and tax evasion. As chief, Mr. Pineault supervised an 18-person unit of federal prosecutors, auditors, paralegals and staff in the investigation and prosecution of white collar cases. Before joining the Economic Crimes Unit, Mr. Pineault served in the Civil Division for three years, representing the federal government in a wide variety of civil litigation, including affirmative civil rights enforcement and health care fraud matters, and receiving the Justice Department’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance in Affirmative Civil Enforcement.
Mr. Pineault graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Hugh H. Bownes of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. From 1990 to 1997, Mr. Pineault practiced at Hill & Barlow in Boston, with a focus on complex civil litigation involving business disputes, professional liability defense, and employment matters.