Joanna F. Wasick

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Partner

New York
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Overview

Joanna Wasick is a litigation partner in the New York office of BakerHostetler. She handles a broad range of complex commercial litigations, with a focus on financial fraud cases and disputes involving cryptocurrencies and other digital assets. Joanna is also a member of the firm’s Blockchain Technologies and Digital Assets team and regularly counsels clients on regulatory obligations, compliance and funding issues in the digital space. She has appeared as a speaker on legal podcasts, CLE programs and panels on cryptocurrency and blockchain topics. Joanna also has written articles and treatises on web3 and other crypto subjects, and is a regular contributor to the firm’s Blockchain Monitor blog.

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.
  • Serves as counsel to the court-appointed SEC receiver of a former cryptocurrency investment fund and helps lead the team on foreign asset recoveries.
  • Advises blockchain industry clients on regulatory issues and drafts compliance and AML policies and procedures 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.
  • Serves as counsel to the court-appointed SEC receiver of a former cryptocurrency investment fund and helps lead the team on foreign asset recoveries.
  • Advises blockchain industry clients on regulatory issues and drafts compliance and AML policies and procedures 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.
  • 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

  • J 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
CBDC Report Published; Crypto and NFT Initiatives Launch; OFAC Redesignates Tornado Cash; SEC and CFTC Target Crypto Fraud; FTX Files for Bankruptcy
By Amos Kim, Christopher W. Lamb, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
November 11, 2022
In this issue: • CBDC Report Published, Blockchain Settlement and Payment Initiatives Launch• NFT World Cup Initiative Launched, Market Actors Launch NFT Royalty Solutions• OFAC Redesignates Tornado Cash, Mixer Receives Hacked Crypto• SEC...
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Blockchain Monitor
US District Court Finds LBRY Tokens Are Securities
By Kevin R. Edgar, Adam D. Gale, Teresa Goody Guillén, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
November 11, 2022
In 2016, crypto startup LBRY launched the LBRY network and the LBRY protocol, described by LBRY as a decentralized content sharing and publishing protocol that supports the creation of community-run digital marketplaces. The same year...
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Blockchain Monitor
Crypto Products and DeFi Pilot Launch; Reports Address NFT Royalties, Ethereum PoS Efficiency; IRS, CFTC, Address Crypto; Exchange Hacked for $28M
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Amos Kim, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Joanna F. Wasick
November 4, 2022
In this issue: • New Crypto Products Launch; Singapore Completes DeFi Pilot with Major Banks• Report Provides New Data on NFT Royalties and Explores Related Issues• Ethereum Efficiency Data Published; Blockchain Infrastructure Projects...
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Blockchain Monitor
New Crypto Products Launch; US Official Addresses Crypto Regulation; State Securities Regulators Target Metaverse Casino NFTs; DOJ Targets Crypto Crimes
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Shade I. Quailey, Joanna F. Wasick
October 28, 2022
In this issue: • Crypto Products Launch in Debit Cards, Payment Gateways, Trading Platforms• EU Blockchain Observatory Publishes Report on Blockchain for Supply Chains• US Banking Official Addresses Approach to Regulating Crypto-Assets•...
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Blockchain Monitor
Major U.S. Crypto Exchange Consents to $29 Million Penalty for Historic BSA and OFAC Violations Body
By Jonathan A. Forman, Teresa Goody Guillén, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
October 27, 2022
On October 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a $29 million civil monetary penalty against Bittrex, a major U.S...
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