Joanna F. Wasick

Partner

New York
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Overview

Joanna Wasick handles a broad range of complex commercial litigation, including securities class actions, real estate litigations and mediations, and major bankruptcy cases. She has represented clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings, in addition to matters in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Joanna is also a member of the firm’s Blockchain Technologies and Digital Currencies Team, and is a regular contributor to its blog, The Blockchain Monitor.

Select Experience

  • Successfully drafted and argued for a dismissal of all fraud and business tort claims on behalf of a major U.S. retailer client in a real estate dispute.
  • Currently a member of court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee, Irving H. Picard, for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS).
  • Conducted in-house interviews, reviewed documents, and consulted with forensic accountants for a financial institution to help determine its potential exposure in a related pending third-party litigation.
  • For potential use in a foreign proceeding, responded and objected to a subpoena issued pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for financial documents.
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Experience

  • Successfully drafted and argued for a dismissal of all fraud and business tort claims on behalf of a major U.S. retailer client in a real estate dispute.
  • Currently a member of court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee, Irving H. Picard, for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS).
  • Conducted in-house interviews, reviewed documents, and consulted with forensic accountants for a financial institution to help determine its potential exposure in a related pending third-party litigation.
  • For potential use in a foreign proceeding, responded and objected to a subpoena issued pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for financial documents.
  • Brought enforcement action, seeking and obtaining recognition of a foreign country money judgment on a financial institution’s behalf.
  • Defended foreign parent and subsidiary in a multidistrict litigation on personal jurisdiction grounds. Researched legal issues, drafted pleadings and prepared case argument.
  • Defended a technological company against a shareholder class action following the company’s merger. Researched legal issues, drafted pleadings and prepared argument.
  • Defended a financial institution and its foreign subsidiary in a contract dispute brought by a non-resident in New York. Researched legal issues, drafted pleadings and prepared argument.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards: Top 10 Author in Securities (2020)
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014)

News

Press Releases

Blog Posts

Pro Bono

  • Litigated an innocence claim on behalf of a client on death row.
  • Conducted interviews in Haiti to determine whether women victimized in internally displaced camps could qualify for humanitarian parole in the United States.
  • Member of the drafting team for Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit amicus briefing in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. ex rel. Grimm, in support of the rights of transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University, 2006
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1999, Phi Beta Kappa

Blog

In The Blogs

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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Food Tracing Initiatives Add Members, Report Addresses Central Bank Digital Currencies, NY DFS Publishes Crypto Guidance, Enforcement Actions Continue
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
June 26, 2020
In this issue: • Seafood Association, Restaurant Chain Announce Blockchain Supply Chain Partnerships • Sweden Report Addresses Central Bank Digital Currencies, Fintech Firms Explore Crypto • NY DFS and UK FCA Publish Crypto Guidance, Firms...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Identity Solutions Advance, Federal Reserve and Financial Regulators Address Blockchain, Crypto Institutional Survey Published, US and Foreign Enforcement Actions
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
June 12, 2020
In this issue: • Fish Producer Joins Food Trust, Blockchain Identity Solutions Advance in UK and US • Federal Reserve, CFI, OCC and NY DFS Address Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies • Institutional Cryptocurrency Survey Published, Bitcoin ETP...
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Blockchain Monitor
Bitcoin Fund Completes Offering, Major US Bank Opens Accounts for Crypto Exchanges, DOD Awards Blockchain R&D Contract, IRS Enlists Crypto Contractors
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
May 15, 2020
In this issue: • Bitcoin Fund Completes Offering, Ether Futures Launch, Crypto Funds Report Published • Major US Bank Opens Accounts for Crypto Exchanges, Trade Finance Solution Expands • Seafood Value Chains and DOD Data Integrity...
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Blockchain Monitor
Digital Asset Platforms Evolve, Token Models Confront Complexities, WEF Issues Blockchain Toolkit, Foreign Crypto Crimes Uncovered, AML Solution Launched
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Marc D. Powers, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
May 1, 2020
In this issue: • Digital Asset Marketplaces Evolve in US, Japan and Switzerland • Blockchain Token Models Confront Legal Complexities in US Filings and Court Cases • WEF Issues Blockchain Toolkit, New Enterprise Solutions Announced •...
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Blockchain Monitor
CFTC Approves Bitcoin Futures, Crypto Initiatives Launch, Blockchain Traceability and Energy Solutions Deployed, South Africa and Singapore Issue Regulations
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Joanna F. Wasick
April 24, 2020
In this issue: • CFTC Approves Bitcoin Futures and Prosecutes Fraud, Amicus Brief Filed in Kik Case • Emerging Blockchain Payment and Crypto Custody Solutions Announce New Milestones • Blockchain Solutions Deployed in Egg Traceability...
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