Rose L. Romero

Rose L. Romero

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
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Rose Romero, a former Executive Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas and Regional Director in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fort Worth Office, is a partner in the White Collar practice in Thompson & Knight's Dallas office.  She concentrates her practice on government investigations, white-collar grand jury investigations, SEC examinations and investigations, and cybersecurity issues.

Rose is co-chair of Thompson & Knight’s cross-practice Data Privacy and CyberSecurity team, and counsels clients on data privacy solutions, cybersecurity regulatory developments, the development of effective cybersecurity compliance programs and incident response plans.  She conducts internal investigations of cyber incidents and helps companies prosecute offenders.  She is a frequent contributor to panels and publications concerning new developments in the cybersecurity area.

Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Rose served as the Regional Director for the Fort Worth office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where she led the Enforcement and Examination Programs for the Southwestern Region and served on the Enforcement Division's National Leadership Team.  Rose directed regulatory examinations of investment advisers and broker-dealers and managed enforcement actions involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, accounting and corporate reporting violations, and fraud involving investment advisers, hedge funds, and broker-dealers.

Before her service with the SEC, Rose spent sixteen years prosecuting cases involving all levels of corporate fraud, including financial, healthcare, and mortgage.  As the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, she oversaw a number of cyber intrusion investigations and prosecutions.  She personally tried more than 60 federal criminal cases to favorable jury verdicts and conducted numerous grand jury investigations and prosecutions in conjunction with the Department of Justice's Criminal Division.

Rose has served on special assignments for the Department of Justice, including serving as an advisor and instructor for the Overseas Prosecution Development and Assistance Program in Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Honduras, and Mexico. She investigated terrorism cases and frequently appeared before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Prior Experience

  • Regional Director, Securities and Exchange Commission, Fort Worth, Texas, 2006-2011
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas, 1989-2006
  • Assistant District Attorney, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, Fort Worth, Texas, 1987-1989
  • Police Officer, Fort Worth Police Department, Fort Worth, Texas, 1980-1985
  • United States Air Force, 1974-1978


  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • Chief Postal Inspectors Award

  • Drug Enforcement Administration's Director's Award for Excellence

  • Numerous commendations and awards from government agencies, including the Department of Justice, FBI, U.S. Customs Service, and the IRS

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, State Bar of Texas

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association

  • Member, Texas Wall Street Women