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

  • 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
Financial Firms and Crypto Networks Launch Initiatives; Nonprofit Challenges Crypto Tax Provision; Crypto Enforcement Continues; UST Analysis Published
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Kayley B. Sullivan, Joanna F. Wasick
June 17, 2022
In this issue:• Firms Announce New Crypto Initiatives; Data Published on Crypto and NFT Use• Nonprofit Coin Center Files Lawsuit Challenging Crypto Provision of Tax Code• OpenSea and Chainlink Announce Network Transitions• SEC Investigates...
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Blockchain Monitor
An Introduction to Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
June 7, 2022
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are the latest advancement in the ongoing evolution of the blockchain market. To help put this new phenomenon into context, the BakerHostetler Blockchain team has prepared a series of papers that examine NFTs...
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Blockchain Monitor
Crypto Products and Mining Initiatives Launch; Sports and Spirits Firms Embrace Blockchain; US Agencies Seek Crypto Input, Address Risks, Target Crimes
By Lauren Bass, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Kayley B. Sullivan, Joanna F. Wasick
May 20, 2022
In this issue: • New European Crypto ETF Launches, Bitcoin Mining Sees Wider Adoption• Sports Leagues and Alcohol Brands Expand Blockchain Partnerships• Congress Addresses CBDC, Commerce Dept. Seeks Input on Digital Assets• SEC and FinCEN...
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Blockchain Monitor
New CBDC and NFT Data Released; OFAC Adds Mixer and Public Keys to SDN List; Multiple Crypto Enforcement Actions; Stablecoin Risks on Display
By Lauren Bass, Christina O. Gotsis, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
May 13, 2022
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Banks and Retailers Embrace Crypto, Bitcoin Environmental Costs Debated, New NFT Initiatives Launch, Various Agencies Address Crypto, DeFi Hacks Continue
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Maria S. Luevano, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Joanna F. Wasick
May 6, 2022
In this issue: • Banks and Retailers Venture Further into Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain• Congress Spars with Industry on Environmental Impact of Bitcoin Mining• New NFT Offerings Revealed by Entertainment, Social and Crypto Companies•...
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