Joseph Moreno, a former federal prosecutor, is a partner in Cadwalader's White Collar Defense and Investigations Group. Mr. Moreno has extensive trial and appellate experience handling complex investigations and litigation involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other domestic and international law enforcement agencies. Representative matters have involved money laundering, cyber fraud, securities and accounting fraud, insider trading, international bribery (including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act), and other white collar criminal and civil matters.
Mr. Moreno rejoined Cadwalader after serving at the U.S. Department of Justice in the National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section, where he investigated and prosecuted international money laundering, material support, structuring, and terrorist financing cases. He was also appointed 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. Mr. Moreno has extensive experience handling classified litigation pursuant to the Classified Information Procedures Act, and in government surveillance matters relating to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the USA PATRIOT Act.
In 2014, Mr. Moreno was appointed as a consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he served on the staff of the FBI 9/11 Review Commission. In that position, Mr. Moreno assisted the Commission in its Congressionally-directed mandate to evaluate the FBI's performance in addressing the threat of domestic and international terrorism
A decorated combat veteran, Mr. Moreno 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. Mr. Moreno is a recognized expert in the area of international and operational law, and is a regular speaker before military and civilian audiences in the United States and overseas. He is currently assigned to Headquarters, Department of the Army, at the Pentagon.
Prior to joining Cadwalader, Mr. Moreno was an associate in the White Collar Crime Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In 2014, he was named to Stony Brook University's “40 Under 40” Alumni list, and received the 2014 Distinguished Veteran Alumni Award from St. John's University. Mr. Moreno was named a “Rising Star” by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine in 2014 and 2015.
Mr. Moreno earned his undergraduate degree in political science, 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. Mr. Moreno is also a certified public accountant (CPA).
•Article, “Anti-Money Laundering Guidance Issued for Banks Seeking to Service Marijuana-Related Businesses, ” Financial Fraud Law Review (April 2014) (with Jodi Avergun)
•Article, “U.K. Guidelines Emphasize Importance of Robust Programs, ” Bloomberg BNA - Prevention of Corporate Liability Current Report (March 17, 2014) (with Bret Campbell, Adam Lurie and Karen Woody)
•Article, “Surviving a Regulatory Inquiry, ” Commodities Now (September 2012) (with Gregory Mocek)
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.
News & Resources
• Cadwalader Names Five New Partners Dec 18, 2015
• Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized by 2015 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine Apr 29, 2015
Clients & Friends Memos
• FinCEN Targets High-Value Real Estate Transactions in New York and Miami Jan 19, 2016
• UK Issues Sentencing Guideline for Individuals Convicted of White-Collar Offenses Aug 01, 2014
• SOX 404 Conference 2015 on FCPA Compliance, Ethics & the SOX Framework Oct 20, 2015
• Will Independent Directors Be on the Hook for Failure of Internal Controls in FCPA Cases? Jul 15, 2013
SEC Enforcement Advisor
• SEC Announces Largest Ever Whistleblower Award, Awards $30 Million to Foreign Whistleblower Oct 01, 2014
White Collar Defense and Investigations Advisor
• AML Guidance Issued for Banks Seeking to Service Marijuana-Related Businesses Feb 27, 2014 (Also at Washington, DC Office)