Roma W. Theus, II ('Roma') is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Muhlenberg College (B.A., 1969) and a graduate of the Harvard Law School (J.D., 1972). He is currently a solo practitioner in Wellington, Florida, and his areas of concentration include: (A) complex commercial matters (e.g., civil RICO; business torts; injunctive matters; SEC enforcement matters; trade secret matters); and (B) federal and state criminal matters (e.g., RICO; civil and criminal forfeitures; money laundering; tax fraud; mail fraud; wire fraud; bank fraud; computer fraud; securities fraud; conspiracy; immigration matters; extraditions; defense procurement fraud; theft of trade secret/confidential commercial materials; false statement, perjury, obstruction of justice and other secondary liability matters; Foreign Corrupt Practice Act matters; grand jury matters; search warrants; sentencings; electronic surveillance matters; public corruption matters; internal investigations; and immunity matters).
Between 1974 and 1977, Roma served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey. In mid-1977, he transferred to the U.S. Justice Department's Organized Crime & Racketeering Section, and was assigned to its Miami Strike Force. He served as a Special Attorney and Assistant Attorney-in-Charge at the Miami Strike Force from 1977 until mid-1984, and during that time period the U.S. Attorney General twice awarded him the Department's Special Commendation Award, its third highest award for prosecutorial excellence.
In mid-1984 Roma entered the private sector and shortly thereafter became a capital partner at the law firm of Holland &Knight, LLP. He remained at Holland & Knight, LLP until 2002, chaired the Litigation Department for the Fort Lauderdale office of that law firm between 1993 and 2002, and between 1988 and 2000 taught trial tactics and preparation at the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Virginia and at F.B.I. in-service seminars around the country.
Roma joined Edwards & Angell, LLP n/k/a Locke Lord LLP, as a capital partner in 2002, and chaired the Litigation Department for that law firm's Florida offices until the Fall of 2005. Since the Fall of 2005, Roma has been a solo practitioner, following the business model of his long-time friend and colleague, the late Thomas Puccio, Esq., the prosecutor of the ABSCAM political corruption cases and in the private sector, defense counsel in many high profile criminal cases, including that of Klaus VonBulow.
Roma is the former chairperson of the Defense Research Institute's Corporate Integrity & White-Collar Crime Committee (2007-2008), and a former Co-Chair of the Money Laundering Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's White Collar Crime Committee (2004). He is also a published author on white-collar criminal defense matters, and has been frequently interviewed about white-collar criminal defense matters by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Reuters, the Bloomberg News, the LA Times, and other major news media. Moreover, he has been included in Who's Who In American Law for many years, has been AV rated by Martindale Hubbell for over 30 years, and is rated as a Top Ranked Lawyer in South Florida by the Miami Herald and the Daily BusinessReview.
Roma is licensed to practice law in the following courts: New Jersey state and federal courts; Florida state and federal courts; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court.
Representative clients have included the following: Mellon Financial Services (a major civil lawsuit resulting in a subsidiary of Mellon Financial Services, the Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, obtaining a declaratory judgment against Donald Trump concerning the Mar-A-Lago estate); Noel Marshall (movie producer for the motion picture 'The Exorcist' in a contractual dispute with International Medical Centers); Sydney Pollack (movie producer for the motion picture 'Out of Africa' among others, in a dispute with a family member); Denny's, Inc (a RICO investigation by the Florida Attorney General that was settled); the Weizmann Institute of Science (a civil matter centering on the half billion dollar cash estate of Walter Bronner, a holocaust survivor and the inventor of the 'Brillo' pad); the Church of Scientology; Southeast Connectors, Inc (in connection with a defense procurement fraud matter); The Enterprise Company ( in connection a criminal RICO organized fraud case, a RICO civil lawsuit and a l0b-5 civil lawsuit); the Lieutenant Governor of Puerto Rico (a federal civil rights case centering on alleged violation of First Amendment rights of the largest newspaper in Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Dia); HPC Capital gmbh (the making of a successful criminal referral to the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida on behalf of a substantial German hedge fund in connection with the embezzlement by that hedge fund’s manager; individual lawyers and entire law firms, e.g. Blank Rome LLP and Dupuch & Turnquest (federal criminal investigations); BrandsMart USA (a civil lawsuit regarding real estate for establishment of a new store in West Palm Beach); Bank of America (sundry civil matters); Norwest Mortgage Company, now a part of Wells Fargo Bank (a Florida Attorney General criminal RICO investigation); Point Blank Body Armor (the largest supplier of body armor to the United States Military Services and Federal and State Law Enforcement Agencies in connection with four major federal criminal investigations, all of which investigations resulted in declinations of prosecution); the Government of Jamaica (various matters, including the possible legalization of gambling, coroner's inquests, and other major litigation items); Chesapeake Petroleum & Supply Company (facilitating the federal criminal prosecution of that Company's Chief Financial Officer for embezzlement of approximately $2,300,000 from the Company and recovery for the Company of the entire amount stolen); sundry other public and private companies; and numerous individuals, e.g. Utz Juergen Schneider (extradition of the reputed German 'Donald Trump,' accused of fraud), Hans Vogler (a substantial German Entrepreneur, in connection with civil matters in the United States), Carolynne Tilga (principal of a lucrative web based business charged with large-scale Federal Income Tax Evasion), Jan Tops (the principal of the Global Champions Tour, the 'Formula l' of equestrian show jumping worldwide) in connection with a civil matter, and Everest Business Funding LLC in connection with a complex federal criminal forfeiture matter against a former investor in that company.
RECENT SIGNIFICANT REPORTED DECISIONS
United States v. Carolynne Tilga,824F.Supp.2d 1295(D.N.M.2011), which upheld the application post-Indictment and pre-Trial of the foreign tax credit to unreported income earned off-shore to negate a tax deficiency in a tax evasion case and thus eviscerate the tax evasion charge, and resulted in the amendment of I.R.S. regulations regarding this issue. This was a precedent setting case in a complex area of Federal Income TaxLaw.
Roma is divorced and the father of a 27-year old daughter, Allyxandra. His interests and pastimes include: photography (wildlife photography, landscape photography, and photography of high technology motor sports such as Formula One, the World Endurance Championship and the American LeMans Series); physical fitness; travel; golf; water sports; equestrian sports; technology; and reading.
- 1983, Florida
- 1972, New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
Law School Attended
- Harvard Law School, Class of 1972, J.D.