Joseph Walker is a former trial lawyer with the US Department of Justice Criminal Division, Fraud Section, where he was the lead prosecutor on investigations and prosecutions of criminal matters involving complex factual and legal issues, including allegations of bribery, bank fraud, money laundering, securities fraud, counterfeiting, obstruction of justice, mail/wire fraud, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Travel Act and Internal Revenue Code across a wide range of industries.

    Joe is a leading White Collar practitioner who represents companies and executives in, among other things, FCPA internal investigations, enforcement actions, compliance and defense matters before the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the UK’s Serious Fraud Office and similar authorities. While at DOJ, in addition to being one of the Fraud Section’s primary FCPA prosecutors, Joe was a member of several task forces, including the Securities Fraud Task Force and DOJ’s Task Force into corruption allegations relating to the award of the Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City. Joe also acted as lead prosecutor on several high-profile matters, such as the first-ever joint FCPA enforcement action between the SEC and the DOJ against KPMG and Baker Hughes (which is now the template for FCPA enforcement action); an insider trading matter against the former CFO of a waste removal company; and a tax fraud prosecution involving an executive of the US Olympic Committee.

    In private practice, Joe has continued to work on high-profile matters, including leading the internal investigation for HealthSouth (relating to the first criminal indictment under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act); representing an executive for Credit Suisse under indictment for allegations related to tax evasion by US citizens; working on notable FCPA investigations and representing financial institutions in enforcement matters with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Joe was appointed by the DOJ and the SEC to be the FCPA Compliance Monitor of Weatherford International Ltd., a large multinational corporation in the oil and gas industry, to monitor its FCPA Compliance Program in connection with a deferred prosecution agreement and settlement with those agencies. Joe has acted as Counsel to the monitor for FCA US LLC in the first-ever appointment of a monitorship by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    Joe also represents boards of directors, audit committees, officers, senior management and employees of global corporations in enforcement and criminal matters around the world and he frequently conducts internal investigations and due diligence for global clients. Such matters have included allegations of, among other things, FCPA violations, healthcare fraud, qui tam and False Claims Act actions, insider trading and similar matters. These matters have included such locations as Brazil, China, France, India, Indonesia, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkestan, Turkmenistan, the UK, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

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    • Successfully obtained declination of prosecution for a Chinese corporation from DOJ after a multi-year investigation into bribery allegations.
    • Successfully represented insurance-adjusting firm in more than 100 cases involving allegations of RICO violations, fraud, breach of contract, and negligence in connection with Hurricane Katrina.
    • Representing and advising the audit committee of a public US company in DOJ and SEC investigations regarding bribes in Asia.
    • Representing gaming company in anticorruption and other compliance matters, including internal investigations in Asia and Europe.
    • Successfully defending a financial services executive in a market timing proceeding brought by the SEC.
    • Defending a company in a multi-defendant prosecution in the Southern District of New York against allegations of antitrust and tax violations.
    • Successfully avoiding prosecution for a country manager in an FCPA investigation by the DOJ in which the company was charged.
    • Conducting an internal investigation of a Fortune 100 healthcare company relating to allegations of violations of US securities laws and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
    • Conducting an internal investigation of allegations of bribery relating to the acquisition by a US-based public company of a company in Asia.
    • Convincing the US Securities and Exchange Commission to voluntarily dismiss with prejudice the complaint against a client for insider trading.


    • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, J.D., member, Journal of Law and Inequality, 1995
    • The George Washington University, B.A., 1992


    • District of Columbia, 1996
    • Minnesota, 1995


    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Columbia
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Middle Dist. of North Carolina

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, ABA Corporate Governance Committee
    • Named a top criminal defense-white collar attorney by Washingtonian magazine
    • Listed as a "Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney" in Washington DC by Super Lawyers

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    • Co-author, “COVID-19 Economic Relief Packages Bring Fraud Risks,” Anti-Corruption Report, April 2020.
    • Co-author, “An Overview Of Oversight For COVID-19 Relief,” Law360, March 2020.
    • Speaker, “Global Compliance Forum: Minimizing Risk to Protect Your Business Interests,” Squire Patton Boggs, 1 November 2017.

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