Joseph C. Mauro
Joe has particular experience with anti-corruption laws, corporate governance, SEC enforcement, and Multilateral Development Banks. He is a regular author and presenter on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related international anti-corruption laws.
Joe’s experience covers the life cycle of a governmental investigation, from avoiding potential violations to dealing with inquiries and prosecution. Representative matters include:
- Updating clients’ compliance policies and procedures to reflect current best practices.
- Conducting anti-corruption due diligence of third-party agents in Latin America and Eastern Europe.
- Designing and conducting pre-acquisition due diligence to uncover corruption risks.
- Coordinating with foreign counsel in dozens of countries to advise on local anti-corruption laws.
- Designing and conducting internal investigations into alleged fraud and other misconduct.
- Defending individuals, multinational corporations, and non-profit organizations accused of corrupt practices.
Joe has particular experience with Multilateral Development Banks, including:
- Independent compliance monitorships of large multinational corporations pursuant to settlements of World Bank Group debarment proceedings.
- Advising on the internal rules and procedures of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank.
- Defending individuals and companies accused of fraud by the Inter-American Development Bank.
Joe also has particular experience in SEC enforcement matters, including:
- Representing individuals and corporations in insider trading investigations.
- Contesting SEC charges of securities fraud, broker-dealer and investment advisor rule violations, and related allegations.
- Settlement negotiations on behalf of individuals and companies.
Joe’s compliance work has involved travel to 15 countries on 6 continents. He also has experience with civil litigation in state and federal courts, and international arbitration cases including investor-state arbitration, state-state boundary disputes, and other matters.
- Law Clerk, Honorable Sally D. Adkins, Court of Appeals of Maryland (2011-2012).
- Judicial Intern, Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina, US District Court for the District of Columbia (2009).
Joe is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the IBA’s Anti-Corruption Committee.
Publications, Presentations & Recognitions
- “FCPA Compliance Programs: Checklist for the Medical Device Industry,” Bloomberg BNA, with Peter Unger (2017).
- “FCPA Enforcement in 2017: Risks, Developments, and Best Practices for Effective Compliance Programs,” Credit Research Foundation – Credit & Accounts Receivable Forum & Expo, with Peter Unger (August 2017).
- “The US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Related Laws” (book chapter), Practicing Law Institute, with Peter Unger and Collin Seals (2015).
- “FCPA Best Practices for the Fashion and Beauty Companies,” Corporate Counsel, with Anthony Lupo and Peter Unger (2014).
- “The Clean Companies Act: Brazil’s New Anti-Corruption Law,” Medical Device Summit, with Peter Unger (2013).
- “Intentional Killing without Intending to Kill: Knobe’s Theory as a Rational Limit on Felony Murder,” 73 La. L. Rev. 1011 (2013).
- “Rethinking ‘Murderabilia’: How States can Restrict Some Depictions of Crime as they Restrict Child Pornography,” 22 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L. J. 323 (2012).
- Student Note, “Wartime Prejudice Against Persons of Italian Descent: Does the Civil Rights Act of 1988 Violate Equal Protection?” 15 Mich. J. Race & L. 445 (2010).
During law school, Joe was the Executive Notes Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law.
Life Beyond the Law
Joe is a classically trained singer and long-suffering Wake Forest sports fan. He enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family.
Bar & Court Admissions
- Maryland Bar
- District of Columbia Bar
- US District Court, District of Maryland
University of Michigan Law SchoolJDmagna cum laude2011Wake Forest UniversityBAsumma cum laude2008