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)

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
OCC Clarifies Status of Stablecoins, US Agencies Procure Blockchain Applications, Solutions Launch on Hedera Hashgraph and VeChain, DOJ Targets Darknet Markets
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
September 25, 2020
In this issue: • OCC Clarifies Status of Stablecoins, Registration Statement Filed for Network Token • US Government Procures Blockchain Solutions, Blockchain Patent Study Published • Hedera Hashgraph Transactions Pass Ethereum, VeChain...
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Blockchain Monitor
CBDC Test Platform Launches, Crypto Adoption Report Published; Air Force Awards Contract to Study Blockchain Applications; Past Bitcoin Code Vulnerabilities Disclosed
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
September 11, 2020
In this issue: • CBDC Testing Platform Launches, Crypto Adoption and Bitcoin Payment Options Grow • Air Force Awards Contract to Study Blockchain, Retailer Reports Successful Invoice Pilot • Hackers Demand $4 Million Bitcoin Ransom, Past...
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Blockchain Monitor
IRS Addresses Crypto Micropayments, Blockchain Shipping Platforms Expand, DOJ Ties North Korea Crypto Hacks to Chinese Traders, FBI Thwarts Plot Involving Bitcoin Bribe
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
September 4, 2020
In This Issue: • IRS Addresses Taxing Crypto Received in Microtasks, Swiss Enable Crypto Payments • Blockchain Shipping Platforms TradeLens and ShipChain Expand Networks • North Korean Crypto Hacks Laundered by Chinese; Crypto Compliance...
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Blockchain Monitor
IPO Using ERC20 Tokens Approved, Report Details APAC Bitcoin Trading Data, Quorum Is Sold/Acquired, Blockchain Initiatives for Coffee and NASA, Crypto Crimes Continue
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
August 28, 2020
In this issue: • Blockchain Used in IPO and ATS, Bitcoin Fund Announced, APAC Trade Data Published • Quorum Acquisition Announced, Blockchain Initiatives Launch for Coffee and NASA • Crypto Crimes Continue in Ransomware, Fraud, Wash...
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Blockchain Monitor
Market Developments in Stablecoins, Crypto Loans, Metals/Minerals Supply Chains and More; NY DFS Publishes Crypto "Greenlist"; DOJ Seizes Crypto Used in Terror Scheme
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
August 14, 2020
In this issue: • Market Actors Focus on Stablecoins, Crypto-Backed Loans and Real Estate Transactions • Blockchain Announcements in Metals/Minerals, Shipping and Food Supply Chains • NY DFS Publishes Crypto Greenlist, European Guidance...
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