Carmela T. Romeo is an experienced first-chair litigator, who represents major pharmaceutical, retail, and technology companies in a wide variety of complex commercial disputes and internal investigations, including those involving the conduct of clinical trials and other life sciences matters, alleged tortious conduct, breach of contract, deceptive business practices, and allegations of financial fraud and money laundering. She routinely advises clients on anti-corruption and supply chain compliance issues. Ms. Romeo has handled all aspects of civil litigation at the trial and appellate level in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations. She has delivered opening and closing statements, conducted direct and cross-examinations of fact and expert witnesses, argued motions, taken and defended depositions, managed complex and foreign-language discovery matters, and worked with experts to develop reports and present hearing testimony. Ms. Romeo also has extensive trial and appellate brief writing experience. Ms. Romeo has secured successful liability and damages verdicts for her clients, as well as positive outcomes for her corporate and individual clients with domestic and international governmental agencies. In a case in which plaintiff sought more than $600 million in damages for misappropriation of an idea, Ms. Romeo handled the damages aspect of the case and the jury returned a verdict of only $956,000. In a AAA arbitration concerning a contractual milestone dispute between a major pharmaceutical company and a biotechnology investment firm, Ms. Romeo was a key member of the trial team that secured a declaratory judgment in favor of the pharmaceutical company that it did not owe milestone payments in excess of $100 million under the contract. Ms. Romeo has also successfully achieved no-action results for her individual and corporate clients in inquiries and investigations conducted by various governmental agencies, including the New York State Attorney General's office, the United States Attorney's office, the Securities & Exchange Commission, and the Department of Justice. Ms. Romeo maintains an active pro bono practice focusing on immigration and criminal justice matters, including asylum applications, Board of Immigration appeals, FOIA requests, obtaining protective orders in domestic violence cases, and criminal defense motion practice.