Joanna F. Wasick

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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 U.S. 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

  • D Supra Readers' Choice Awards
    • Top 10 Author in Finance & Banking (2022)
    • 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
New NFT Initiatives Launch Across Industries; Banking Agencies Publish Crypto Guidance; Enforcement Agencies Bring Crypto Actions; Crypto Hacks Reported
By Lauren Bass, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
August 5, 2022
In this issue: • New NFT Initiatives Announced in Jewelry, Automobile and Liquor Industries• US Banking Agencies Publish Notices on Crypto Firms and Deposit Insurance• Multiple Agencies Target Cryptocurrency Fraud and Regulatory...
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Blockchain Monitor
Applying the Bank Secrecy Act, FinCEN Regulations, and Sanctions to the Nascent NFT Market
By Lauren Bass, Jonathan A. Forman, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Joanna F. Wasick
August 4, 2022
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) often involve two areas with known money laundering and terrorist financing risks: cryptocurrencies and high-value assets, like art. As detailed below, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement...
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Blockchain Monitor
USPTO to Address NFTs; Treasury Dept. Publishes Digital Asset Fact Sheet; Financial Regulators Address Digital Assets; Crypto Enforcement Continues
By Christina O. Gotsis, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Shade I. Quailey, Joanna F. Wasick
July 15, 2022
In this issue: • CryptoPunk Sold for $2.6M, USPTO to Address NFTs, Court Approves NFT Service• Treasury Dept. Publishes Digital Asset Policy Fact Sheet, Seeks Public Comment• Multiple Financial Regulatory Bodies Publish Reports on Digital...
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Blockchain Monitor
Financial and Crypto Firms Explore Integration; NFT Market Expands; FATF/Basel Publish Crypto Guidance; DOJ/CFTC Bring Crypto Actions; DeFi Hacks Continue
By Lauren Bass, Christina O. Gotsis, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Joanna F. Wasick
July 8, 2022
In this issue: Financial Firm Launches Crypto Group, MakerDAO Votes to Integrate with Bank NFT Market Continues to Expand with Brand Activations and Infringement Suit FATF and Basel Committee Publish New Guidance on Cryptocurrencies DOJ...
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Financial Firms and Crypto Networks Launch Initiatives; Nonprofit Challenges Crypto Tax Provision; Crypto Enforcement Continues; UST Analysis Published
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Kayley B. Sullivan, Joanna F. Wasick
June 17, 2022
In this issue:• Firms Announce New Crypto Initiatives; Data Published on Crypto and NFT Use• Nonprofit Coin Center Files Lawsuit Challenging Crypto Provision of Tax Code• OpenSea and Chainlink Announce Network Transitions• SEC Investigates...
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