Joseph N. Sacca

Partner

New York
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Overview

Armed with a roster of powerful clients and substantial securities litigation and class action wins, Joseph Sacca is a noteworthy addition to BakerHostetler's White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation team. He represents an array of U.S. and international clients in complex corporate, commercial and securities litigation in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. From defending a Swiss multinational investment bank in connection with a suit by the Federal Housing Finance Agency that sought to recover billions, to successfully representing one of the world's largest automakers in the trial of a multibillion-dollar securities fraud action -- a victory that the National Law Journal deemed the "Top Defense Win of 2005" -- Joe's high-profile work has gained plenty of notice outside of the courtroom.

He also has a significant background representing public corporations and private equity firms in litigation related to all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including hostile tender offers, shareholder actions and disputes arising from terminated merger agreements. Additionally, Joe has counseled clients as plaintiffs and defendants in cases that involved civil RICO, tortious interference and fraud, as well as contract, fiduciary duties and non-competition agreements.

Select Experience

  • Successfully defended, in an arbitration hearing, a privately-held company against breach of contract claims by an early-stage investor seeking an award of shares under an advisory agreement.
  • Defended investment banks against claims brought by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
  • Represented a real estate brokerage franchisor in a class action brought by franchisees alleging claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
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Experience

  • Successfully defended, in an arbitration hearing, a privately-held company against breach of contract claims by an early-stage investor seeking an award of shares under an advisory agreement.
  • Defended investment banks against claims brought by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
  • Represented a real estate brokerage franchisor in a class action brought by franchisees alleging claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Successfully defended, at trial and on appeal, a major automobile manufacturer against securities fraud claims alleging that the announced merger of equals that created the company, was instead a disguised takeover in which an acquisition premium should have been paid.
  • Successfully defended, at trial and on appeal, a major utility company against a breach of contract claim following its termination of a merger agreement upon its determination that its merger partner had suffered a material adverse change.
  • Represented a Big Four accounting firm in actions alleging accounting malpractice and disputes with former partners.
  • Represented real estate developers and property owners in cases involving claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2010 to present)
    • New York: Commercial Litigation
    • New York: Litigation -- Mergers & Acquisitions
    • New York: Litigation -- Securities
    • New York: Bet-the-Company Litigation

Community

  • Infinite Family
    • Board Chair (2015 to present)
    • Board Member (2012 to 2018)

Pro Bono

  • Won the largest jury verdict ever in a housing discrimination case against a New York City cooperative.

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Clarence C. Newcomer, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Law Clerk (1993 to 1995)

Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1993, cum laude; Temple Law Review, Managing Editor
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1989