Joseph Walker, a former criminal fraud prosecutor with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) who has global experience in anticorruption compliance and defense, has joined Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (US) LLP as a partner in the Washington DC office. Walker joins Squire Sanders from Howrey. Squire Sanders is expanding its white collar defense capability in response to clients’ growing need for global compliance counsel.
“Governments across the world have placed a priority on compliance with corrupt practice laws and regulations,” said James D. Thomas, Squire Sanders’ global litigation practice leader. “US officials are bringing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) prosecutions at a record-setting pace, and other governments are not far behind.
“Joe has the deep trial experience – both as prosecutor and defense counsel – necessary to provide clients with high-caliber compliance counsel and defense,” Thomas said.
John A. Burlingame, Squire Sanders’ Washington DC managing partner, noted Walker prosecuted and defended dozens of criminal fraud and anticorruption cases during his DOJ career and as a defense lawyer, including bank fraud, money laundering, bribery, securities fraud and obstruction of justice.
“As a DOJ trial lawyer, Joe also investigated and prosecuted several FCPA cases that required extensive knowledge of specific industries including accounting and oil and gas,” Burlingame said, adding that as a private practice lawyer Walker has handled FCPA matters for clients in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Walker said his interest in Squire Sanders stems from its recent combination with Hammonds LLP, which expanded Squire Sanders’ global reach, as well as the opportunity to expand Squire Sanders’ white collar crime defense and anticorruption practices.
“Squire Sanders has a very well respected global anticorruption practice, with resources in Asia, Europe and the United States,” Walker said. “I see this as a tremendous opportunity to build on the anticorruption practice with additional white collar trial experience.”
Walker was vice chair of Howrey’s global litigation group and served on several key firm committees including the diversity committee.
He received his J.D. in 1995 from the University of Minnesota, where he was on the dean’s list and a member of the Journal of Law and Inequality. He received his B.A. in 1992 from The George Washington University.
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