Joseph V. Moreno

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Special Counsel
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212 504 6262

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Practice Areas

  • Anti-Money Laundering & Asset Forfeiture
  • Cyber and National Security
  • Energy & Commodities
  • Energy & Commodities Investigations
  • FCPA and International Anti-Bribery
  • White Collar Defense and Investigations
  • False Claims Act
  • Litigation
  • OFAC and Export Control
  • Pharmaceutical Regulation and Compliance
  • Securities Enforcement & Investigations
Contact InfoTelephone: 212 504 6262
Fax: 212 504 6666
University State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., cum laude, 1996; St. John's University. Peter J. Tobin College of Business, M.B.A., with honors, 2000
Law SchoolSt. John's University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1999
Admitted2000, New York; 2008, District of Columbia; England & Wales
MilitaryMajor, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, 2001— present
Special AgenciesU.S. Department of Justice; U.S. Attorney's Offices, EDVA.

Joseph Moreno, a former federal prosecutor, is a special counsel in Cadwalader's White Collar Defense and Investigations 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. Mr. Moreno also conducts internal investigations and advises clients on developing and implementing corporate compliance programs. Representative matters have involved securities and accounting fraud, money laundering, 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, and the USA PATRIOT Act.

Mr. Moreno rejoined Cadwalader after serving at the U.S. Department of Justice in the National Security Division, 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. In 2011, Mr. Moreno received the Anti-Defamation League's SHIELD Award for his prosecution of the DC Metro Bomber case.

Prior to joining Cadwalader, Mr. Moreno was an associate in the Structured Finance and White Collar Crime Groups at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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 areas of international and operational law, and is a regular speaker before military and civilian audiences both in the United States and overseas. He is currently assigned to Headquarters, Department of the Army, Office of The Judge Advocate General, at the Pentagon. In addition and most recently, Mr. Moreno has been appointed as a consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he will serve on the staff of the newly-formed FBI 9/11 Review Commission. In this position, Mr. Moreno will assist the Commission in its Congressionally-directed mandate to evaluate the FBI's performance in addressing the threat of domestic and international terrorism.

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).


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


News Releases

•Cadwalader's Joseph Moreno Appointed to Staff of FBI 9/11 Review Commission
Jun 16, 2014

•Super Lawyers Recognizes Cadwalader's Washington, D.C. Attorneys
Apr 25, 2014

•Cadwalader Recognized for Excellence at 2013 Commodity Business Awards
Nov 21, 2013


•Super Lawyers Recognizes Cadwalader's Washington, D.C. Attorneys
Apr 25, 2014

•Cadwalader Recognized for Excellence at 2013 Commodity Business Awards
Nov 21, 2013


•Anti-Money Laundering Guidance Issued for Banks Seeking to Service Marijuana- Related Businesses
Apr 08, 2014

•U.K. Guidelines Emphasize Importance of Robust Programs
Mar 17, 2014

•Surviving a Regulatory Inquiry
Sep 01, 2012


•Anti-Corruption Compliance in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry
May 20, 2014

•Anti-Corruption Compliance in Practice
Apr 07, 2014

•Understanding the Global Implications of the N.S.A. Disclosures on the U.S. Technology Industry
Apr 07, 2014


Business Fraud Advisor

•AML Guidance Issued for Banks Seeking to Service Marijuana-Related Businesses
Feb 27, 2014

•SEC Issues Guidance on Conflict Minerals Rule
Jun 10, 2013

•U.S. and Chinese Regulators Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Enforcement Cooperation
May 31, 2013

•Southern District of New York Orders Chevron CEO and General Counsel to Testify in RICO Suit Related to $18 Billion Ecuadorian Judgment
May 28, 2013

•European Union Pending Legislation Requiring Additional Transparency from Extractive Industries
May 20, 2013

•A Brief Primer for Corporate Social Media Disclosures in Light of the SEC's Recent Guidance on Regulation FD
Apr 08, 2013

•The Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program: An Analysis of the SEC's Second Annual Report, Best Practices for Dealing with Whistleblowers, and Recent Cases Interpreting the Scope of the Anti-Retaliation Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act
Dec 10, 2012

•SEC Issues Resource Extraction Rule
Sep 21, 2012

•SEC Issues Conflict Minerals Rule
Aug 29, 2012

•Justice Department Establishes Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group
Jan 31, 2012

•The Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provisions: Considerations for Effectively Preparing for and Responding to Whistleblowers
May 26, 2011

•FinCEN Issues Final Rule on Foreign Bank Account Reporting (FBAR)
Mar 01, 2011

FCPA Advisor

•Will Independent Directors Be on the Hook for Failure of Internal Controls in FCPA Cases?
Jul 15, 2013

•Allianz To Pay $12.3M To Settle SEC's Bribery Allegations
Dec 19, 2012

•DOJ and SEC Issue FCPA Guidance
Nov 19, 2012

•Lindsey Manufacturing's Conviction Overturned
Dec 05, 2011

•With Publication of Final Guidance, UK Bribery Act to Go Into Effect on July 1, 2011
Apr 15, 2011

•U.K. Ministry of Justice Further Delays Implementation of Bribery Act
Feb 03, 2011

SEC Enforcement Advisor

•Gatekeepers In the Enforcement Spotlight
May 22, 2014

•SEC Announces Second Set of Whistleblower Awards
Jul 01, 2013

•The SEC's New Policy on Seeking Admissions in Settlements
Jun 28, 2013

 (Also at Washington, DC Office)

Reported CasesUS v. Faroque Ahmed, EDVA; US v. Islamic American Relief Agency, WDMO.
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Joseph V. Moreno

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