F. Joseph Warin is chair of the Washington, D.C. Office’s Litigation Department, which consists of over 125 attorneys. Mr. Warin also serves as co-chair of the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. He served as Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. from 1976-83. In that capacity, Mr. Warin was awarded a Special Achievement award by the Attorney General. As a prosecutor, he tried more than 50 jury trials.
Mr. Warin's areas of expertise include white collar crime and securities enforcement – including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, False Claims Act cases, special committee representations, compliance counseling and complex class action civil litigation. Mr. Warin has handled cases in more than 35 states. His clients have included corporations, officers, directors and professionals in regulatory, investigative and trial matters. These representations have involved federal regulatory inquiries, criminal investigations and Congressional hearings. Recently, Mr. Warin successfully argued motions to dismiss in securities and consumer protection class actions in the Southern District of New York and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Warin’s civil practice includes representation of clients in complex litigation in federal courts and international arbitrations. He has tried 10b-5 securities and RICO claim lawsuits, hostile takeovers, and commercial disputes. Mr. Warin has handled numerous class action cases and is currently defending class actions in several district courts including the Southern District of New York, District of Columbia, Eastern District of Missouri and Northern District of California. These representations include investment banking firms, Big 4 accounting firms, broker-dealers and hedge funds.
For many years, Mr. Warin has been hired by audit committees or special committees of public companies to conduct investigations into allegations of wrongdoing. These investigations have been in a wide variety of industries including energy, oil services, healthcare, and telecommunications.
Mr. Warin has conducted FCPA investigations relating to business in 35 countries, including, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Croatia, Dubai/UAE, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia and Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Yemen. In connection with these investigations, Mr. Warin has provided advice to general counsels and senior management regarding company practices, enhancements to compliance programs, disciplinary action for company employees and remedial measures for improving compliance. Some investigations have also prompted voluntary disclosures to the SEC and the Department of Justice, and Mr. Warin handled the Department of Justice and SEC investigations.
Mr. Warin has been listed inThe Best Lawyersin America® every year from 2006 - 2015 for White Collar Criminal Defense. He was selected by Chambers and Partners in its2013 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Guide as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Securities Regulation Enforcement, Securities Litigation, and International Trade: FCPA Experts in the nation. He was also ranked as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Securities Litigation and White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in the District of Columbia. Benchmark Litigation named him a U.S. White Collar Crime Litigator Star and a Local Litigator Star in Washington, D.C. for White Collar Crime in both 2013 and 2014. In 2013, Mr. Warin was awarded the Best FCPA Client Service Award by Main Justice. He was also named to the publication’s FCPA Masters list. In 2011, Mr. Warin was named a white collar law MVP by Law360. He was selected as a Top Lawyer for Criminal Defense by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Warin was named a Special Prosecutor by the District of Columbia Superior Court in 1988. He has appeared regularly on MSNBC and CNN in connection with current legal developments.
Mr. Warin graduated in 1975 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Editor of Law and Policy in International Business. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Creighton University in 1972, where he was student body president. After graduation he served as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge J. Calvitt Clarke, in the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Warin has been a member of the American Bar Association's White Collar Criminal Law Committee since 1988 and served as president of the Assistant United States Attorneys Association. Mr. Warin has been selected to serve on insurance company panels for securities class actions. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.