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).
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.