Joseph Moreno, a former federal prosecutor, is a special counsel in Cadwalader's Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Group. He has extensive trial and appellate experience handling complex white collar matters in federal court and in connection with investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and other federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Joseph also conducts internal investigations and advises clients on developing and implementing corporate compliance programs. Representative matters have involved securities and accounting fraud, price reporting and commodity indexes, manipulation, unlawful trading practices, insider trading, and other violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Commodity Exchange Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, the USA PATRIOT Act, and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
Joseph rejoined Cadwalader after having served at the U.S. Department of Justice in the National Security Division, where he investigated and prosecuted money laundering, structuring, and terrorist financing cases. He also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases and successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2011, Joseph received the Anti-Defamation League's SHIELD Award for his prosecution of the "DC Metro Bomber" case.
Prior to joining Cadwalader, Joseph was an associate in the Structured Finance and White Collar Crime Groups at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
A decorated combat veteran, Joseph is a Major in the United States Army Reserve and has served on active duty as a military prosecutor in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2004, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq. In 2005, he served as the legal advisor to a multinational counterterrorism task force in Djibouti. He is currently assigned to Headquarters, Department of the Army, Office of the Judge Advocate General, at the Pentagon.
Joseph earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Stony Brook University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, his J.D., cum laude, from St. John's University School of Law, where he was a Senior Staff Member of the St. John's Law Review, and his M.B.A. with Honors from St. John's University Peter J. Tobin College of Business. He is a member of the bars of the State of New York and the District of Columbia, and is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. Joseph is also a certified public accountant.
Representative matters include:
• Counsel to a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical client in a multi-year DOJ/SEC investigation into alleged FCPA violations.
• Counsel to a multi-national energy company in a CFTC investigation into price reporting and other alleged violations of the Commodity Exchange Act.
• Counsel to a former Swiss private banker charged with conspiring to assist United States taxpayers in evading federal income taxes.
• Conducted an in-depth systems diagnostic for a Fortune 100 oil and gas client to assess corruption risk relating to its global supply chain, know-your-customer, and energy trading practices.
• Represented a CDO issuer in civil litigation over its ratings downgrade and the impact on its market hedge positions.
• Represented a European pharmaceutical company in defending against a hostile takeover effort.
• Represented a corporate defense contractor in a federal export control and FCPA investigation.
• Represented the former CFO of a major retail client in an SEC investigation into insider trading and misuse of reserve accounts.
• Conducted an internal investigation for a computer software client under SEC review for alleged channel-stuffing and accounting irregularities.
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