Joanna Howard represents a variety of clients on complex securities enforcement and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on transatlantic investigations involving UK and US authorities.

Ms. Howard is dual-qualified, admitted to the bar in New York and admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Howard worked for four years as a lawyer in the Enforcement Division of the UK Financial Conduct Authority, where she conducted cross-border investigations of financial institutions, including an investigation focused on LIBOR and EURIBOR, and the “London Whale” trading investigation. Throughout her time at the FCA, Ms. Howard worked closely with prosecutors and regulators conducting parallel investigations in the United States, including at the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Before joining the FCA, Ms. Howard trained and worked as a solicitor at a leading litigation firm in London, where she represented corporate entities and individuals in internal investigations relating to regulatory breaches, criminal tax issues and corruption offences, and also represented clients in various tax litigation and judicial review matters.

Ms. Howard studied English law at BPP Law School in London and US law at the University of Michigan Law School. During law school in Michigan, Ms. Howard worked as a senior research assistant at the Center on Finance, Law and Policy and published “Reforming SEC ALJ Proceedings” in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.


  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for securities litigation (2024).
  • Named a New York Metro Rising Star by Super Lawyers for securities litigation (2023).

Insights & News


  • Education

    • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 2017

      Executive Editor, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Rakow Scholar

    • Postgraduate Diploma, Law, BPP Law School, 2001

    • MA, Ancient History, University College London, 2000

    • BA, Ancient History, University College London, 1999

  • Admissions

    • England and Wales, Solicitor

    • New York

    • United Kingdom



Unless you are an existing client, before communicating with WilmerHale by e-mail (or otherwise), please read the Disclaimer referenced by this link.(The Disclaimer is also accessible from the opening of this website). As noted therein, until you have received from us a written statement that we represent you in a particular manner (an "engagement letter") you should not send to us any confidential information about any such matter. After we have undertaken representation of you concerning a matter, you will be our client, and we may thereafter exchange confidential information freely.

Thank you for your interest in WilmerHale.