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Anthony R. Leone Murtha Cullina LLP Associate

Associate

Boston
Email: aleone@murthalaw.com
Phone: 617-457-4117
Fax: 617-482-3868

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 2011)
  • Boston College (B.A. in Political Science, 2008)

Anthony R. Leone


Anthony Leone is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and is experienced in business litigation matters including securities and bankruptcy litigation. Anthony serves as vice chair of the Securities Law Practice Group and has extensive experience counseling investment advisor and broker-dealer firms and individuals with registrations, examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions.

Anthony is also the Chairman and founder of the Massachusetts Association of Investment Advisors, a trade association focused on educating, training, and advocating on behalf of Massachusetts registered investment firms and professionals.

Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Anthony was an Assistant Director for Enforcement at the Massachusetts Securities Division of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. He represented the Securities Division as lead cousel in a number of high-profile matters. While a member of the Securities Division, Anthony also served as a member of the North American Securities Administrators Association Litigation Forum and Arbitration project groups. During law school, Anthony served as judicial intern with the Honorable Leo T. Sorokin, U.S. District Court (D. Mass.).

Representative Experience

  • Representation of investment advisors, broker-dealers, fund managers, and registered and unregistered individuals in connection with regulatory investigations (including subpoena responses and testimony) and enforcement actions conducted by state securities regulators, including the Massachusetts Securities Division
  • Representation of registered investment advisors and investment advisor representatives in connection with state and federal regulatory examinations and investigations, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and Massachusetts Securities Division
  • Counsel investment advisors and investment advisor representatives on registration requirements and provide mock audit services as requested
  • Counsel financial professionals on private offerings under federal and state blue sky laws
  • Successfully defended regulatory investigation and action concerning unregistered securities offerings including allegations of unregistered sale of securities and solicitation of private placements
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims against limited liability company manager and related entities in breach of fiduciary duty litigation
  • Successfully represented company and principal in mortgage lending litigation resulting in favorable global settlement of breach of contract and fraud allegations
  • Successfully represented Chapter 7 trustees in adversary proceedings concerning fraudulent transfers, preference payments, and sales proceedings, resulting in recovery of estate assets
  • Led first in the nation regulatory actions concerning non-traded real estate investment trust sales practices and broker-dealer supervision
  • Oversaw proxy voting fraud investigation and regulatory action (In the Matter of Realty Capital Securities, LLC)
  • Led investigation and oversaw regulatory action against multi-national, multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme and associated third-party settlement (In the Matter of TelexFREE, Inc.)
  • Massachusetts Association of Investment Advisors, Chairman and Founder
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Joslin Diabetes Center High Hopes Fund - Committee Member
Overview

Anthony Leone is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and is experienced in business litigation matters including securities and bankruptcy litigation. Anthony serves as vice chair of the Securities Law Practice Group and has extensive experience counseling investment advisor and broker-dealer firms and individuals with registrations, examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions.

Anthony is also the Chairman and founder of the Massachusetts Association of Investment Advisors, a trade association focused on educating, training, and advocating on behalf of Massachusetts registered investment firms and professionals.

Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Anthony was an Assistant Director for Enforcement at the Massachusetts Securities Division of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. He represented the Securities Division as lead cousel in a number of high-profile matters. While a member of the Securities Division, Anthony also served as a member of the North American Securities Administrators Association Litigation Forum and Arbitration project groups. During law school, Anthony served as judicial intern with the Honorable Leo T. Sorokin, U.S. District Court (D. Mass.).

Representative Experience

  • Representation of investment advisors, broker-dealers, fund managers, and registered and unregistered individuals in connection with regulatory investigations (including subpoena responses and testimony) and enforcement actions conducted by state securities regulators, including the Massachusetts Securities Division
  • Representation of registered investment advisors and investment advisor representatives in connection with state and federal regulatory examinations and investigations, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and Massachusetts Securities Division
  • Counsel investment advisors and investment advisor representatives on registration requirements and provide mock audit services as requested
  • Counsel financial professionals on private offerings under federal and state blue sky laws
  • Successfully defended regulatory investigation and action concerning unregistered securities offerings including allegations of unregistered sale of securities and solicitation of private placements
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims against limited liability company manager and related entities in breach of fiduciary duty litigation
  • Successfully represented company and principal in mortgage lending litigation resulting in favorable global settlement of breach of contract and fraud allegations
  • Successfully represented Chapter 7 trustees in adversary proceedings concerning fraudulent transfers, preference payments, and sales proceedings, resulting in recovery of estate assets
  • Led first in the nation regulatory actions concerning non-traded real estate investment trust sales practices and broker-dealer supervision
  • Oversaw proxy voting fraud investigation and regulatory action (In the Matter of Realty Capital Securities, LLC)
  • Led investigation and oversaw regulatory action against multi-national, multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme and associated third-party settlement (In the Matter of TelexFREE, Inc.)
Memberships
  • Massachusetts Association of Investment Advisors, Chairman and Founder
  • Boston Bar Association
Community Activities
  • Joslin Diabetes Center High Hopes Fund - Committee Member
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Education
  • Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 2011)
  • Boston College (B.A. in Political Science, 2008)
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