Joan Meyer is a partner in the Washington D.C. office. She is an experienced trial lawyer with more than 25 years of handling complex criminal and civil litigation at trial and on appeal. She has concentrated in domestic and international white-collar defense for companies involving anti-corruption, financial frauds, government contracting, securities and commodities violations and trade compliance matters. Prior to joining the firm, Joan was Practice Chair of the Compliance & Investigations Group and DC Office Litigation Chair at Baker McKenzie. Under her leadership, the DC practice won an award as an elite global investigations practice by a major publication. Joan came to private practice from the Department of Justice where she was senior counsel to the Deputy Attorney General. At the Department, she advised on white-collar criminal litigation, corporate charging and monitorship policies, corporate settlements and managed the operation of the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force. Joan was a federal prosecutor, Criminal Chief, and First Assistant of a U.S. Attorney’s Office in Michigan where she won two national awards for her successful prosecutions. She was also a senior trial attorney at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission where she litigated civil injunctive and administrative actions against brokerage firms and brokers for a variety of solicitation and trading frauds connected to the commodity futures markets. She started her career as a state prosecutor in Chicago.
In addition to her skills as a litigator, Joan has extensive experience in global corporate compliance and routinely advises senior management and Boards of Directors on best practices for compliance with U.S. and international legal requirements and regulations and the consequences of law enforcement inquiries, including the development of defense strategy, government disclosures, disciplinary actions and compliance policies and procedures. She has handled matters across the globe and worked with companies in the manufacturing, life sciences, mining and extraction, financial services, transportation and logistics sectors to conduct global risk assessments and audits, develop and implement compliance programs, create remediation plans and develop emergency/crisis management strategies. Joan has been recognized multiple times by the National Association for Corporate Directors for being one of the most influential professionals in corporate governance.
White Collar Defense
Crisis Litigation/Trial Substitution
Domestic U.S. and International Arbitration
Counsel for the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of a Fortune 100 manufacturing company in a global six-year investigation involving the activities of its agents and distributors which was resolved with a guilty plea by a subsidiary.
Lead counsel for a technology company involved in processing mortgage related documentation for major financial institutions during the financial crisis which was investigated by federal and state authorities and extensively reported in the media.
Lead counsel for one of the world’s largest snack food companies in a multi-year overseas investigation of one of its subsidiaries resulting in a favorable civil settlement with the U.S. government.
Co-lead counsel for a publicly-traded Latin American petrochemical company under investigation by two federal agencies for FCPA violations in Brazil.
Lead counsel for a major beverage company in connection within activities related to the distribution channels of one of its foreign subsidiaries resulting in a favorable civil settlement with the SEC.
Lead counsel for a Latin American aerospace manufacturer in a multi-jurisdictional investigation involving operations in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East and settlement with multiple law enforcement agencies. Selected and cited as a landmark case in U.S. and international publications.
Lead counsel for a professional infrastructure and environmental services company in connection with allegations of corruption in a recently-acquired foreign subsidiary resulting in a declination of charges by the U.S. government.
Lead counsel for a software company related to activities within the company’s foreign distribution chain resulting in a declination of charges by the U.S. government.
Lead counsel representing a former executive of a major financial institution in connection with civil litigation alleging unsafe and unsound business practices before a federal banking agency.
J.D., Loyola University School of Law
B.A., Creighton University
Partner and Practice Chair
Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General
Department of Justice
First Assistant and Criminal Chief
U.S. Attorney’s Office WD Michigan
Senior Trial Attorney
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Assistant State’s Attorney and Appellate Supervisor
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago
State Bar of Illinois
State Bar of Michigan
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
2016 and 2017 Directorship Award from the National Association for Corporate Directors, Recipient
Elite Practice Designation, Global Investigations Review 2016, DC Practice Chair
“Deal of the Year” from Latin Lawyer 2016, Recipient
“Corporate Settlement Tools, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Non-Prosecution Agreements and Cooperation Agreements” by Joan E. Meyer and District Judge Trevor McFadden, Bloomberg Law Publication 2018, Co-Author