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Bruce A. Singal


Bruce A. Singal is a Partner in Hinckley Allen’s Litigation group. He represents business executives, corporations, and professionals who are under investigation or indictment for a wide variety of white-collar crimes. These include cases alleging: fraud in the areas of healthcare, securities, accounting, banking, bankruptcy, insurance, and defense procurement; businesses and individuals charged with export, environmental, tax, and other federal and state crimes; public officials charged with bribes, kickbacks, corruption, and ethics violations; and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases.

Bruce also conducts complex commercial litigation involving major disputes between businesses; between businesses and their employees; and between family members over family businesses and assets. These include actions for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair and deceptive practices, torts, trade secrets, copyright infringement, and challenges to governmental action. In addition, he represents physicians, lawyers, scientists, accountants, other professionals, and public officials in disciplinary, licensing, regulatory, misconduct, and ethics proceedings. This included representation of a scientist in a major scientific misconduct case detailed in The Baltimore Case, by Daniel Kevles (W.W. Norton & Co., 1998).

In addition, Bruce conducts internal investigations and compliance audits for corporations, healthcare institutions, universities, and public and quasi-public agencies, and represents universities and research hospitals in scientific misconduct proceedings.


  • Secured verdicts of not guilty on all twenty-five charges of second-degree murder against Barry Cadden in the nationally-covered New England Compounding Center criminal case arising out of the 2012 meningitis outbreak.
  • Obtained acquittal for healthcare executive on healthcare fraud charges
  • Obtained acquittal for nursing home operator on bankruptcy fraud charges
  • Represented a university scientist who was ultimately vindicated after being wrongly accused of falsifying data by a colleague, the Secret Service, and the Dingell Congressional Committee
  • Obtained jury verdict for our client after a three-week trial in $40M breach of fiduciary duty suit in which two sons claimed their father wrongly bought their shares at a deflated price before the business sold at a large profit
  • Represented two brothers who contended that another brother had unlawfully excluded them from a family real estate venture; after trial, a jury awarded damages for breach of contract in the amount of just under $2M
  • Persuaded federal prosecutors not to indict a high-level executive of medical device manufacturer
  • Persuaded federal prosecutors not to bring charges against attorney in a bankruptcy fraud investigation


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner
  • Barrett & Singal
    • Partner
  • United States Public Corruption Unit, Major Frauds Unit, Civil Division
    • Assistant United States Attorney
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Consumer Protection Division
    • Assistant Attorney General

Honors & Awards

  • During his over 40 years as a trial lawyer, Bruce has received numerous honors and distinctions. In 2003, he was selected as a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, which is “composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada...who have mastered the art of advocacy...” In 2018, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Bruce as a Lawyer of the Year for his representation of Barry Cadden in the nationally-covered New England Compounding Center criminal case arising out of the 2012 meningitis outbreak. For eight of the past ten years he has been selected by his peers as one of the Top 10 lawyers in Massachusetts, and as one of the Top 100 lawyers in New England (Super Lawyers, 2008-2021).* He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America based on selection by his peers for excellence in the categories of White Collar Criminal Defense and Commercial Litigation (2008-2021 editions), Boston Magazine's Top Lawyers in the category of Criminal Defense/White Collar (2021), and Bet-The-Company Litigation (2017-2022).*

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Boston College Law School
    • Adjunct Professor, Federal Criminal Law

Professional Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
    • Vice Chair
    • Public Member
  • Massachusetts Consumers' Council
    • Executive Director
  • Governor's Judicial Moderating Council

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Speaking Engagements

Bruce has written and lectured extensively on civil and criminal litigation, trial practice, and the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (Chapter 93A). His teaching experience has included co-chairing a three-day trial practice seminar for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) entitled “Singal and Summit on Real World Trial Practice,” and serving as an Adjunct Professor of Federal Criminal Law at Boston College Law School.

News & Insight


What to do if you're Under Federal Investigation

November 11, 2021

Bruce A. Singal, Partner, shares his best advice for dealing with a federal investigation. The biggest mistake people make? Talking to the authorities without counsel. Executives can incriminate themselves or even potentially make false statements which ca…


As Boston Sees White Collar 'Boom,' Hinckley Allen Bulks Up

February 16, 2021

High-profile cases in Boston are growing and Hinckley Allen is expanding the white collar practice to meet client need. Partners Michelle Peirce, Bruce Singal and Laura Angelini sat with Law360 to discuss.

Firm News

34 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 12, 2021

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers has selected 34 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to re…

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58 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® in America 2022

August 19, 2021

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that 58 attorneys are recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including 8 “Lawyers of the Year.” Best Lawyers® has also recognized 15 Hinckley Allen attorneys in their inaugural "Ones to W…

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Hinckley Allen Expands Litigation Group with Eight Lateral Hires from Barrett & Singal

January 5, 2021

Hinckley Allen today announced that eight trial lawyers from Barrett & Singal have joined the Firm, including Co-Chairs of Barrett & Singal’s Litigation group, Co-Chairs of its Research Misconduct group, and its General Counsel. All eight new hir…

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Case Study

Landmark Win in Scientific Misconduct Case

Faced with Office of Research Integrity (ORI) allegations of scientific misconduct and the resulting debarment order issued by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a prominent research scientist turned to …