Joanna F. Wasick

She | Her | Hers

Partner

New York
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Overview

Joanna Wasick handles a broad range of complex commercial litigations, including securities class actions, financial fraud cases, and disputes involving cryptocurrencies and other digital assets. 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 a regular contributor to its blog, and she has appeared as a guest speaker on legal podcasts on cryptocurrency and blockchain topics.

Select Experience

  • 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), leading select litigation teams in the worldwide investigation and asset recovery efforts for the benefit of BLMIS customers. Her work on behalf of the SIPA trustee involves litigating against offshore BLMIS feeder funds and domestic and foreign financial institutions who issued structures products underlying BLMIS feeder funds.
  • Advises blockchain industry clients on regulatory issues and drafts compliance policies and procedures, including anti-money laundering policies for clients utilizing cryptocurrencies and other digital assets.
  • 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.
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Experience

  • 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), leading select litigation teams in the worldwide investigation and asset recovery efforts for the benefit of BLMIS customers. Her work on behalf of the SIPA trustee involves litigating against offshore BLMIS feeder funds and domestic and foreign financial institutions who issued structures products underlying BLMIS feeder funds.
  • Advises blockchain industry clients on regulatory issues and drafts compliance policies and procedures, including anti-money laundering policies for clients utilizing cryptocurrencies and other digital assets.
  • 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.
  • Conducted in-house interviews, reviewed documents and consulted with forensic accountants for a financial institution to determine its potential exposure in a related pending third-party litigation.
  • Successfully litigated on behalf of a major domestic financial institution, and objected to a subpoena issued pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for financial documents to be used in a foreign proceeding.

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
  • 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
Reports Analyze Bitcoin Price, Energy Consumption; SEC Petitioned on NFTs, NFT Platform Sued; FDIC and FATF Focus on Crypto; Hacks and Fraud Continue
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Keith R. Murphy, Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
May 21, 2021
In this issue: • Reports Analyze Bitcoin Price Crash and Network Energy Consumption • SEC Petitioned on NFTs, NFT Platform Sued in Class Action as More NFTs Launch • FDIC Seeks Info on Crypto, FATF Focuses on DeFi, Payment Solutions...
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Blockchain Monitor
Market Actors Integrate Cryptocurrency into Payment and Investment Products, More NFTs Launched, SEC Staff Issues Crypto Statement, DeFi Hacked for $14M
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
May 14, 2021
In this issue: • Market Actors Continue to Integrate Cryptocurrency into Payment Systems • US Firms Launch Bitcoin Investment Products and Enhance Crypto Offerings • Auction Houses Continue with NFT Sales, Dictionary Adds ‘Non-Fungible...
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Blockchain Monitor
CBDC Paper Released, Crypto Firms Launch Products, NFT Craze Continues, IRS Gains Access to Crypto Records, Task Force Addresses Crypto Ransomware
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
May 7, 2021
In this issue: • CBDC Paper Released, NY DFS Grants License, Study Cites Crypto Adoption • Traditional Financial Firms Launch Crypto Products, Data Shows DeFi Growth • Auction House Embraces Cryptocurrencies, NFT Sales Continue • Federal...
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Blockchain Monitor
Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Initiatives Continue in Payments, NFTs and Media; Crypto Enforcement and Threats Also Continue Across Globe
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
April 30, 2021
In this issue: • Crypto Adoption Continues in Credit Cards, OCC Approval, Restaurant Payments • NFT Initiatives Continue, Advertising and Media Firms Integrate Cryptocurrencies • Cryptocurrency Enforcement Actions Continue in US, Turkey...
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Blockchain Monitor
Firms Enable Crypto Payments; Blockchain Deployed for Luxury Goods, A&D and Postal Services; NFT Hype Continues; Turkey Bans Crypto; DeFi Hacked for $80M
By Keith R. Murphy, Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
April 23, 2021
In this issue: • Companies Enable Crypto Payments, Reports Address Market Developments • Blockchain Solutions Deployed for Luxury Goods, A&D and Postal Services • Charitable NFTs Raise Millions, Soccer Player Pelé Announces His First NFT •...
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