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
New Initiatives Launch in Stablecoins, CBDCs, Tokenized Securities, Supply Chain; Crypto Guidance Published for Credit Unions; CFTC Fines Events Market
By Lauren Bass, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Kayley B. Sullivan, Joanna F. Wasick
January 7, 2022
• Financial Messaging Network Launches Experiments in Stablecoin Sector • Technology and Finance Firms Announce CBDC and Digital Securities Initiatives • Gold, Wool and Cargo: Global Supply Chains Continue to Adopt Blockchain • NCUA...
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Blockchain Monitor
US Financial Services Firms Announce Crypto Initiatives; Crypto Firms Pursue LATAM Market; Products Launch in DAOs, NFTs; Exchange Hacked for $200M
By Lauren Bass, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
December 10, 2021
• Multiple US Financial Services Firms Announce Cryptocurrency Initiatives • Crypto Firms Pursue LATAM Market, Launch Cold Storage and DAO Products • New NFT Initiatives by Beer Co., Crypto Exchange; NFT Market Report Published • Crypto...
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Blockchain Monitor
Financial Firms Plan Decentralized Exchange, Launch Digital Bond; NFTs Launch in Sports, Fashion; Blockchain Tracing Solutions Launch; OCC Clarifies Crypto Guidance for Banks
By Lauren Bass, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Kayley B. Sullivan, Joanna F. Wasick
December 3, 2021
• US and Swiss Financial Firms Announce Decentralized Exchange, Digital Bond • Sports and Fashion NFTs Launch; Food Delivery Service Adds Bitcoin Rewards • Blockchain Solutions Track Data for Carbon Footprints, Medical Supplies, Wine • OCC...
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Blockchain Monitor
Crypto Initiatives Launch; Bitcoin Upgrade Activated; Reports Address DeFi, Tether; SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETF; DOJ to Sell $56M in Crypto Fraud Proceeds
By Lauren Bass, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
November 19, 2021
• Raising Municipal Funds and Rewarding Loyalty: New Cryptocurrency Use Cases • Bitcoin’s Taproot Upgrade Activated to Improve Network Security • Reports Address DeFi Security, Tether Distribution and Liquidity • SEC Rejects Proposal for...
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Blockchain Monitor
Crypto Payment Products Launch; SEC Addresses DeFi, Targets DAO Tokens; OFAC Adds Crypto Exchange to SDN List; Crypto Fraud Schemes Revealed
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Kayley B. Sullivan, Joanna F. Wasick
November 12, 2021
• New Crypto Payment Products Launch, Report Cites Exchange Consolidation • SEC Commissioner Publishes Article Addressing DeFi Risks and Regulation • OFAC Adds Crypto Exchange and Cryptocurrency Addresses to OFAC SDN List • Enforcement...
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