Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Renato Mariotti has joined Thompson Coburn as a partner in the firm’s business litigation practice in Chicago. During his nine years as a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of Illinois, Mariotti, 39, handled some of the jurisdiction’s most high-profile, complex cases.
Just eight months ago, Mariotti obtained a guilty verdict on all counts in the landmark, first-ever prosecution of a high-frequency trader under the anti-spoofing provision of the Dodd-Frank Act in U.S. v. Coscia. The Financial Times described the case as a “watershed moment in the futures industry.”
Mariotti’s impressive litigation background – including trying 14 cases as a federal prosecutor – and knowledge of the commodity futures, financial services and other industries will be a valuable asset to Thompson Coburn’s clients, which include a large number of trading firms and financial institutions. Mariotti will work closely with well-known futures lawyer Rick Reibman, the Chicago-based co-chair of Thompson Coburn’s corporate and securities practice, who represents trading firms, brokerage firms, and investment managers.
“The areas in which Renato is looking to develop his practice are a perfect match for our firm,” Thompson Coburn Chairman Tom Minogue said. “We’re delighted to welcome Renato to our growing Chicago office and know he’ll be a great addition to our already strong bench of trial lawyers.”
Also at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mariotti led the prosecution of real estate developer Laurance Freed, who a federal jury convicted in February 2016 on eight counts of fraud and making false statements to banks related to a $105 million line of credit and $6.7 million in securities. Additionally, Mariotti tried and convicted Jose Banks for bank robbery and obtained a 36-year prison sentence in 2014 against the defendant who had escaped from a federal prison in downtown Chicago. Mariotti also prosecuted the Bogdanov family, which pleaded guilty in 2015 to federal charges in connection with a $7 million nationwide organized theft scheme.
At Thompson Coburn, Mariotti’s practice will focus on representing individuals and corporations in complex criminal matters, internal investigations and high-stakes civil litigation.
“When I decided it was time to leave the U.S. Attorney’s office, I looked very carefully at finding a firm with the right fit to build a practice,” Mariotti said. “While I explored many options, Thompson Coburn stood out as the place I want to be based on its expanding presence in Chicago, entrepreneurial spirit and strong footprint and depth of resources in the financial services industry and others.”
Thompson Coburn has approximately 380 attorneys nationwide, including 65 attorneys in Chicago, and two former U.S. Attorneys: Steve Higgins, former U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Missouri, and Jan Paul Miller, former U.S. Attorney of the Central District of Illinois.
Mariotti is just the latest in a string of recent lateral partner hires in Chicago over the past four months: in February, Melissa Ventrone joined the firm as partner and chair of the firm’s expanded cybersecurity practice; in April, Tom Boyle joined the firm as a partner in its real estate tax practice; and Matt Hafter joined the corporate department in May.
Mariotti obtained his law degree from Yale Law School and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, he clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham and worked at another large law firm for five years.
About Thompson Coburn
Thompson Coburn is a full-service law firm with approximately 380 attorneys across the country, practicing in more than 40 areas of law. In 2016, the firm was listed among the 25 law firms nationwide that general counsel endorsed for each of the past five years in the Most Recommended Law Firms report by BTI Consulting Group, the nation’s leading provider of strategic research to law firms and general counsel. In 2014, the firm was selected as one of the top 30 firms in the nation for providing exceptional client service, also as ranked by BTI.