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

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014)

News

Press Releases

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
Blockchain GS1 Standards Published, Securities Pilots Continue, Tax Agency Seeks Quadriga CX Records, DOJ Cites Crypto in Charging Venezuelan Cartel
By Marc D. Powers, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
April 3, 2020
In this issue: • Blockchain GS1 Standards Published, Supply Chain Pilots Announced Across Industries • Telegram Request Denied, Firms Continue Blockchain Initiatives for Securities Trading • Tax Agency Seeks Quadriga CX Records, DOJ Cites...
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Blockchain Monitor
New Blockchain Enterprise Initiatives in US, New Blockchain and Crypto Regulations in South Korea and France, Enforcement Actions Continue in US, Japan and Australia
By Simone O. Otenaike, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
March 13, 2020
In this issue: • New Enterprise Initiatives for Ethereum, Hyperledger, Aviation and Clothing • New Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulations in South Korea and France • Cryptocurrency Enforcement Actions in U.S., Japan and Australia New...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Supply Chain Pilots Expand, Securities Settlement Platform Goes Live, OCC Enters Into Consent Order With NY Bank for Crypto Violations
By Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
February 28, 2020
In this issue: • Interest in Blockchain-Based Supply-Chain Initiatives Continues to Swell • Blockchain Securities Settlement Platform Goes Live, Crypto Payment Solutions Expand • NY Bank Enters Consent Order for Crypto AML Violations as...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain 50 Published, Exchanges Expand Services, Enforcement Actions by SEC, CFTC and International Tax Authorities, Hacks Drive Losses
By Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
February 21, 2020
In this issue: • Forbes Publishes Blockchain 50, Cryptocurrency Exchanges Expand Services • SEC Settles Charges Involving ICO, CFTC Takes Action Against Crypto Investment Firm • Dutch Tax Authorities Make Arrests, IRS Summit to Address...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments in Food Safety, Ethical Sourcing, Financial Services, Social Media and Trading Platforms; DOJ Continues Actions Against Crypto Crimes
By Simone O. Otenaike, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
February 7, 2020
In this issue: • Blockchain Enterprise Solutions Aim to Improve Safety and Address Ethical Sourcing Concerns • Financial Services and Social Media Firms Integrate Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, US Marshalls to Auction 4,040 Bitcoins • US...
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