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|Contact Info||Telephone: 212 506 2559|
Fax: 212 849 5559
|University ||Princeton University, A.B., 1988|
|Law School||Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1994|
|Admitted||1996, New York; 1998, Arizona; 2001, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; US District Court for the Southern District of New York; US District Court for the Eastern District of New York|
Joseph De Simone is an experienced, well-respected litigator whose practice is focused primarily on securities and regulatory disputes, internal corporate investigations, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, complex arbitrations, and general corporate litigation. According to Chambers USA 2007, Joseph “wins respect for a ‘business-oriented mentality’ that helps to ease the passage of SEC investigations and securities-related disputes. . . . ‘He not only knows the law, he understands its impact.’”
As co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Securities Litigation and Corporate Governance Action group, Joseph represents corporate and individual clients across a broad spectrum of civil, criminal, and investigative cases. These include:
Securities Litigation. Represents issuers, underwriters, and individual officers and directors in various federal securities class actions and derivative actions; counsels clients and boards of directors in connection with securities law issues.
SEC and AG Enforcement. Represents corporations and individuals in investigatory proceedings and civil enforcement actions brought by the SEC and state attorneys general.
Internal Corporate Investigations. Conducts and participates in internal corporate investigations on behalf of client management groups, audit committees, or special litigation committees in industry sectors such as banking, retail, Internet, technology, and broadcasting and communications.
Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance. Counsels companies and their officers and directors on Sarbanes-Oxley litigation and compliance issues.
Arbitrations. Arbitrates complex civil disputes in various arbitral venues, including the American Arbitration Association and ICC.
General Civil Litigation. Represents corporate and individual clients in federal and state courts in a variety of civil actions, including commercial actions, contract disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, employment, intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions litigation.
Pro Bono. Has successfully represented indigent clients in political asylum applications, a habeas corpus petition, death penalty litigation, and a special skills visa application; in 1998, received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for death penalty litigation; in 2004, received the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding work on a successful habeas corpus petition.
Between 1998 and 1999, Joseph sustained an active teaching role as Supervising Attorney for the Columbia Law School’s Political Asylum Clinic. He lectured Columbia law students in seminars and supervised a student subgroup during the course of a successful political asylum application in US Immigration Court.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2000, Joseph worked for another prominent law firm. Earlier, he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph McLaughlin, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1994-1995).
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Increased Public and Private Scrutiny of High-Frequency Trading
Joseph De Simone,Jerome J. Roche,Matthew Rossi, May 16, 2014
Following the publication of Michael Lewis’ new book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (“Flash Boys”), plaintiffs’ lawyers and US government regulators have increasingly focused their attention on financial institutions participating in high-frequency trading...
Cosmetics Company Agrees to Pay US$135M to Settle FCPA Claims
Joseph De Simone,Richard M. Rosenfeld,Allison J. Zolot, May 12, 2014
On May 1, 2014, it was announced that Avon Products, Inc., reached a settlement with US regulators over a long-standing federal probe into whether the cosmetics company paid bribes in China and other countries to gain favors. New York-based Avon agreed to pay $135 million in fines and other costs...
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