Michael J. Pineault


Tel. 617.621.6578

Michael represents clients in litigation and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on white collar criminal defense, government investigations and enforcement actions, complex civil litigation, and internal investigations.  He has more than thirty years of experience handling a broad range of criminal and civil cases in federal and state courts, including matters relating to healthcare, securities and financial services, tax, business and employment disputes, and professional liability claims.

Before joining Anderson & Kreiger, Michael co-founded a litigation boutique, where, among other high profile matters, he obtained acquittals on federal fraud and conspiracy charges for two clients following multi-week jury trials.  Michael’s prior experience also includes three years as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick; ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston, including as Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit; and seven years as a civil litigator at Hill & Barlow, with a focus on business disputes, professional liability defense, and employment law matters.


The Honorable Hugh H. Bownes, United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit



U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit


Harvard Law School, J.D. 1989, magna cum laude, Harvard Law Review

Dartmouth College, A.B. 1986, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Obtained acquittal of company supervisor on federal fraud and RICO conspiracy charges following two-month jury trial;

Obtained acquittal of chief executive officer of medical device company on federal off-label promotion felony charges following six-week jury trial;

Successfully represented asset management sub-advisory firm and its principal in connection with federal and state securities investigations and related civil litigation involving theft of investment funds by fund manager.

Successfully represented bank president and chief operating officer in connection with federal and state investigations and related class action litigation arising out of fraudulent Ponzi scheme operated by former account holder;

Successfully represented senior executive at pharmaceutical company in connection with federal investigation involving Patient Assistance Program.

Successfully represented senior engineering executive in connection with federal investigation involving Pipeline Safety Act;

Obtained favorable decision from the Supreme Judicial Court directing the dismissal of defamation claims against the former Governor of Massachusetts;

Represented former President of the Massachusetts Senate;

Represent coach charged in federal “Varsity Blues” college admissions case;

Retained by various public and private institutions to conduct internal investigations involving allegations of employee wrongdoing;

Engaged to represent numerous executives and employees in connection with health care matters involving alleged violations of the False Claims Act, the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and regulations governing the sales and marketing practices of pharmaceutical and medical device companies;

Represented small business owners in connection with federal criminal tax investigations; and

Successfully represented corporate defendants in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters.

Michael enjoys backpacking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains (especially in winter), cycling, Nordic skiing, traveling, and woodworking.