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 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
Financial Firms Launch New Crypto Products, NFTs Trending, Crypto Exchange Acquires Broker-Dealer, SEC, DOJ, IRS and CFTC Actions Target Crypto Actors
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
April 2, 2021
In this issue: • US Institutional Financial Firms, and Fintech Startups, Launch Crypto Products • Creative NFT Launches and Bitcoin Giveaways Continue To Trend • US Crypto Exchange Acquires Broker Dealer, SEC Action Targets Token Sales •...
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Blockchain Monitor
Crypto Firm Initiatives in CBDCs and Custody, GSA Auctions Bitcoin, Marketing Campaigns Integrate Crypto, ETFs Seek Approval, Enforcement Actions Continue
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
March 26, 2021
In this issue: • Crypto Firms Expand CBDC and Custody Initiatives, GSA Auctions Bitcoin • Token-Focused Marketing Campaigns Signal Rising Interest in Cryptocurrencies • ETFs Seek SEC Approval as Brazil Approves First ETF, FATF Updates...
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Blockchain Monitor
US Firms Launch Bitcoin Products, Seek Approvals; Federal and State Agencies Take Enforcement Actions Against Cryptocurrency Industry Firms
By Keith R. Murphy, Joanna F. Wasick
March 19, 2021
In this issue: • US Firms Launch Bitcoin Products, Seek Approvals, Advocate for Crypto Rules • Multiple Federal and State Agencies Take Actions Against Crypto Industry Firms US Firms Launch Bitcoin Products, Seek Approvals, Advocate for...
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Blockchain Monitor
NFT Sales Launch, Fintech Firms Launch Crypto Initiatives, NY DFS Approves Crypto Firms, CFTC and IRS Target Crypto Crimes, DeFi Project Hacked
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
March 12, 2021
In this issue: • NFTs Make Headlines, Global Payments Firm Launches Cryptocurrency Unit • Cryptocurrency Payment Options Expand Across the Globe • Cryptocurrency Firms Achieve NY DFS Approvals, IRS Launches Crypto Initiative • CFTC Action...
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Blockchain Monitor
Crypto Financial Products Announced, MIT Seeks to Improve Bitcoin Codebase, SEC Addresses Digital Assets, DeFi Hacks Continue, Crypto Theft Data Published
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Keith R. Murphy, Joanna F. Wasick
March 5, 2021
In this issue: • Crypto Firms Launch New Services, MIT Seeks to Improve Bitcoin Codebase • Institutional Cryptocurrency Investment Products Advance, New Data Published • SEC Focuses on Digital Assets, DeFi Hacked, Crypto Theft Data...
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