Joel S. Green


Green, Joel S.

Joel Green's practice focuses on representing individuals, public companies, financial institutions, accounting firms and other entities in a broad range of securities enforcement and litigation, regulatory proceedings and civil and criminal investigations. He has substantial experience representing individuals and organizations in parallel criminal and civil investigations and proceedings.  

Mr. Green has conducted numerous internal investigations, both in the US and abroad, typically involving allegations of fraud, financial reporting or accounting improprieties and FCPA violations.

Mr. Green has an active pro bono practice. He regularly represents a DC-based non-profit mental healthcare provider in various litigation and other matters, including filing suit to recover millions of dollars that the non-profit lost through a Ponzi scheme. Mr. Green has also represented individuals and organizations in numerous other pro bono matters, from adoption proceedings to commercial litigation disputes. He currently represents several individuals challenging their life-term prison sentences on Constitutional grounds. 


  • Representing a major global oil and gas company in connection with parallel SEC and Department of Justice criminal investigations and in other executive branch inquiries arising from an accident in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Representing the president of a global financial services firm in connection with an SEC investigation.
  • Representing a Big Four accounting firm in various enforcement proceedings and litigation, including parallel SEC, DOJ, PCAOB and NYAG investigations related to audit work for one of the world's largest insurance companies.
  • Representing the former CEO of a major mortgage company in an SEC investigation in the wake of the housing crisis. 
  • Representing a Big Four accounting firm from India in SEC and PCAOB investigations related to audit work after one of the largest financial frauds in Indian history.
  • Representing professional baseball players and agents in connection with various inquiries and investigations related to performance enhancing drugs.
  • Conducting internal investigations on behalf of US and foreign companies involving disclosure issues, accounting issues and insider trading concerns.
  • Representing individuals and organizations in connection with various Inspectors General inquiries.

Honors & Awards

  • 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.

Publications & News


May 24, 2016

Joel Green Grabs Spot on 40 Under 40 List for Washington DC Lawyers

The group of under-40 lawyers was selected based on their exceptional legal performance during the past year.

December 17, 2015

Barclays Completes Sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial

On December 4, 2015, Barclays PLC completed the sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial Corp. WilmerHale represented Barclays through this transaction, which was announced on June 8, 2015.

May 13, 2015

DC Office Hosts Children’s Law Center Breakfast

On April 16, the firm's Washington DC office hosted the inaugural event in the Children's Law Center's 2015 Breakfast Series. Speaker Melody Barnes—former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council—challenged an audience of more than 50 lawyers and business leaders to think about "disconnected youth" in their communities in a new way.

January 3, 2012

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

December 9, 2009

WilmerHale Announces 2010 Promotions

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the firm's 2010 elevations, which will become effective on January 1, 2010. A full list of elevated partners and special counsel can be found at the end of this press release.


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JD, with High Honors, The George Washington University Law School, 2003, Articles Editor, The George Washington Law Review

BA, magna cum laude, The George Washington University, 2000, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

New York

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