A. Joseph Jay III 

Special Counsel – Washington
T.+1 202 862 2248
700 Sixth Street, N.W.
Washington , DC 20001 V-CARD

Cadwalader completes independent investigation into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joseph Jay represents corporations and individuals in a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, federal Inspectors General, and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. His recent matters have included allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities and accounting fraud, antitrust, export controls, and conflicts-of-interest, bribery, and unlawful gratuities.

Joe has conducted numerous internal investigations involving a broad range of alleged or suspected misconduct. He regularly represents Boards of Directors, Audit Committees, and other companies in complex independent and internal investigations around the world involving U.S. law enforcement, U.S. civil regulators, and foreign criminal and civil authorities. His global practice has included matters around the world, including in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America, as well as within the United States. He has broad experience in matters involving the World Bank and other multi-lateral development organizations.

Joe served a leading role in the independent investigation and report on academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina and the investigation into certain conduct by enforcement staff at the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

In the area of international trade regulation, Joe counsels financial institutions and corporations in matters involving export controls and U.S. economic sanctions laws and related regulations. On behalf of clients, he has prepared voluntary disclosures to the Office of Foreign Assets Control,  the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and  the Bureau of Industry and Security at the Departments of the Treasury, State, and Commerce respectively. He has also led internal investigations in these areas.

Joe regularly counsels clients regarding organizational compliance programs and procedures. With a keen understanding of corporate business and an acumen of financial accounting and reporting, Joe has designed, developed, implemented, and tested global compliance programs tailored to individualized risk-based assessments. These compliance programs have involved broad legal and regulatory matters, including anticorruption programs and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, OFAC and AML regulations.

Joe was named a "Rising Star" in Washington, DC, by Super Lawyers Magazine (2015-2017).

Professionally, Joe has served as a member of the Planning Committee for the ABA's National Institute on White Collar Crime since 2013. He also served as a co-chair for the ABA's Young White Collar Lawyers' group of the Criminal Justice Section in Washington, D.C.

Joe earned his J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law, where he was honored with the Phoenix Award for service to the university. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude from The College of William & Mary, where he was recognized for his leadership, scholarship, and service by election to Omicron Delta Kappa. Joe is admitted in Virginia and Washington, D.C., as well as to the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

  • Conducted independent investigation into allegations of academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Representation of audit committee investigating potential accounting irregularities leading to restatement of prior earnings and presentations to SEC.
  • Investigation of allegations of improper conduct by investigators in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Enforcement Staff and a broader review and assessment of the environment, policies and procedures of the NCAA's Enforcement Staff operations.
  • Representation of financial institution in money laundering investigation by U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of Swiss banker in criminal tax prosecution in the Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of senior executive in criminal and civil investigations of potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Representation of industrial conglomerate in anti-corruption due diligence for acquisition of foreign company with global operations.
  • Investigation and due diligence review on behalf of the World Bank Group and the International Finance Corporation into the anti-corruption and anti-collusion compliance programs of companies for projects in sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
  • Global compliance review, including due diligence of third-parties around the world, for defense contractor.
  • Design and development of global anti-corruption, economic sanction, and anti-money laundering compliance programs for numerous Fortune 1000 companies in the defense, industrial, financial, and consumer products spaces.
  • Representation of multinational defense contractor in criminal investigation of potential violations of the FCPA.
  • Representation of government contractor in technology space involving potential allegations of fraud, gratuities, conflicts of interest, and false claims.
  • Representation of financial institution in voluntary disclosure to Office of Foreign Assets Control regarding potential violations.
  • Representation of Fortune 500 industrial company into allegations of violations of the FCPA.
  • Representation of senior executives of aerospace, defense, and industrial Fortune 1000 companies in investigations by U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other law enforcement agencies and regulators.



A. Joseph Jay III 


  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia


  • William and Mary, School of Law
  • College of William & Mary
    B.A., summa cum laude

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