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Joel S. Green

Joel Green represents public companies, financial institutions, technology firms, accounting firms, and individuals in a broad range of regulatory investigations, enforcement, and litigation. He has substantial experience representing individuals and organizations in parallel criminal and civil investigations and proceedings, typically involving the SEC and DOJ. And he has represented numerous senior executives and organizations in high-profile congressional investigations and hearings, including several recent prominent CEO-level hearings before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees and House Financial Services Committee. Clients often turn to Mr. Green to lead high-stakes and sensitive internal investigations in the United States and around the world, including China and India, typically involving allegations of fraud, financial reporting, or accounting improprieties, data abuse, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. 

Mr. Green has an active pro bono practice. He has represented a Washington DC–based nonprofit mental healthcare provider in various litigation and other matters, including filing suit to recover millions of dollars that the nonprofit lost through a Ponzi scheme. He also recently obtained the release of three individuals challenging their life-term prison sentences on Constitutional grounds. 

Experience

  • Government Investigations & Enforcement

    • Represents the largest provider of investment and recordkeeping services to educational institutions and charities in the United States, in investigations by the SEC, CFTC, and New York Attorney General regarding sales practice issues.
    • Represented a major international financial institution in resolving a long-running investigation into its FX practices; the matter concluded with a publicly announced declination (with disgorgement) and was significant because the DOJ used the matter as a template for corporate cooperation. 
    • Represented an audit firm in India in connection with US investigations and litigation following revelation of largest fraud in Indian history. Advised the client with respect to parallel Indian criminal, civil and regulatory proceedings.
    • Represented two formerly publicly traded sister companies that were leading players in the renewable energy sector, and several individual board members in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations arising from the liquidity crisis and eventual bankruptcy of their former corporate sponsor. 
    • Represented professional baseball players and agents in connection with various inquiries, investigations, and litigation related to performance enhancing drugs.
    • Representing a major pharmaceutical company in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations regarding alleged fraud and contracting issues.
    • Represented a Big Four accounting firm in various enforcement proceedings and litigation, including parallel SEC, DOJ, PCAOB, and New York Attorney General investigations related to audit work for one of the world’s largest insurance companies.
    • Represented numerous individuals and organizations in leading energy companies in connection with various Inspectors General inquiries.
    • Represented a major global oil and gas company in connection with parallel SEC and DOJ criminal investigations and in other executive branch inquiries arising from an accident in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Internal Investigations

    • Represented an American multinational company in an internal investigation into questionable accounting and sales practices at one of its international subsidiaries in Asia.
    • Regularly represents one of the largest tech companies in the world, including in a variety of internal investigations and reviews involving content, policy, and related issues.  
    • Regularly represents major foreign and domestic banks in internal investigations involving allegations of fraud, misconduct, and other impropriety.
    • Represented an Israeli AI firm in a first-of-its-kind audit regarding ethical uses of facial recognition technology.
  • Congressional Inquiries

    • Representing one of the largest tech companies in the world in congressional inquiries and preparing senior executives to testify before numerous House and Senate Committees on issues including content moderation, CDA Section 230, election integrity, copyright, and cryptocurrency. 
    • Representing individuals in parallel congressional, GAO, and Inspector General investigations regarding alleged impropriety at an executive branch agency.
    • Represented foreign and domestic financial services firms in inquiries by the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees.
    • Represented the former CEO of a major mortgage company in parallel SEC and congressional investigation in the wake of the housing crisis, including preparing the CEO to testify before the House Financial Services Committee. 
  • Litigation

    • Represented a major international financial institution in multiple arbitrations regarding securities and employment issues, including one matter arising from inappropriate FX conduct connected to a major international merger. 
    • Guided two sister renewable energy companies through more than 20 securities actions brought in the wake of the bankruptcy of their former corporate sponsor, helping to obtain numerous dismissals and favorable settlements over nearly four years of litigation.

Recognition

  • Recommended in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 United States for his general commercial dispute resolution practice.
  • Recognized among Washington's 2016 Trending 40 Lawyers Under 40 by Bisnow Ventures.

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, The George Washington University Law School, 2003

      with High Honors Articles Editor, The George Washington Law Review
    • BA, The George Washington University, 2000

      magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York

Credentials