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
Foreign Regulators Issue Approvals and Guidance, SEC Enforcement Continues, Blockchain Trade Groups File Amicus Briefs, Reports Detail Terrorist Financing Risks
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
January 24, 2020
In this issue: • New Approvals From European and Thai Regulators, Canada and WEF Publish Guidance • SEC Targets ICOs, IRS Updates Crypto FAQs, UK Tax Agency Seeks Blockchain Analytics Tool • Chamber of Digital Commerce and Blockchain...
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Blockchain Monitor
New Blockchain Patents, Crypto Mining Expands in US and Russia, French ICO Approved Under New Law, DOJ and INTERPOL Enforcement Actions
By Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
January 10, 2020
In this issue: • Patents Granted to Blockchain Payments Firms, Crypto Mining Expands in Texas and Russia • First ICO Is Approved Under New French Law, New Crypto Bill Is Introduced in US • DOJ Prosecutes Crypto Dark Markets, INTERPOL...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Pilots Advance Across Manufacturing, Food, Pharma, Grant Management and Capital Markets Industries, Multiple Crypto Enforcement Actions in US
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
December 20, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Solutions Advance in Manufacturing, Food, Pharma and Grant Management • Marco Polo Network Completes Pilot, Banks Make Crypto Moves, Bitcoin Futures Launch • Multiple US Enforcement Actions for ICOs, Dark Web...
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Blockchain Monitor
Ethereum Fork Successful, Solutions Target Sneakers and Browsers, EU and NY Consider Regulations, Enforcement Actions Continue
By Simone O. Otenaike, Marc D. Powers, Joanna F. Wasick
December 13, 2019
In this issue: • Ethereum Fork Implemented, Exchanges Expand Services, New Bitcoin Network Data • Enterprise Developments in Sneakers, Browsers, Copyrights and Private-Public Blockchain Integration • EU and NY Consider New Crypto...
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Blockchain Monitor
Institutional Blockchain and Crypto Adoption Continues, New Supply Chain and Patent Applications, Foreign Cryptocurrency Exchange Is Hacked
By Brian P. Bartish, Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
December 6, 2019
In this issue: • New Capital Market Offerings and Solutions Launch, Courting Institutional Investors • NY DFS Grants New License, Stablecoin Debate Continues, Crypto Mining Reports Issued • New Blockchain Supply Chain Solutions and Patent...
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