JOSEPH B. TOMPKINS, JR.’s experience includes service with the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1979–1982, where he served as Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section from 1980–1982. Joe previously served as a practice area team leader of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice, and he is one of the leaders of the firm’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) practice. His practice includes a variety of civil and white collar criminal litigation matters. In recent years, Joe has represented corporate and individual clients in connection with complex internal investigations, commercial litigation in federal and state courts, Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations and federal grand jury investigations concerning alleged fraud, corruption and export control violations.
Joe has also represented corporate and individual clients in international law enforcement matters, including FCPA investigations, economic sanctions, export control investigations and related matters. He has also drafted and negotiated international agreements between the United States and foreign entities. Joe recently led the firm’s representation of Bank of America in the Multi-District Litigation proceeding involving Parmalat, the Italian dairy company that engaged in a multi-billion dollar international fraud. Our team was successful in getting five out of the six cases brought against Bank of America dismissed in their entirety, and the sixth case settled for less than one percent of the damages sought by the plaintiff. The smallest Parmalat-related case sought $535 million in damages, while the largest sought $10 billion in damages. Joe has also represented a number of other major financial institutions that have been the victims of fraud and corrupt activity, including the World Bank and other domestic and international banks. Joe has also represented foreign governments, including the government of the United Kingdom, the government of the Cayman Islands and the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, in a broad range of regulatory and litigation matters.
In recognition of Joe’s litigation success he is frequently and consistently recognized in publications such as The Legal 500: United States, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in American Law (1985–present). In the 2015 and 2016 editions of The Legal 500: United States he is listed as a recommended lawyer. In this publication, clients described Joe as “[his] work is impeccable and advice is always sound and wise.” Joe has been listed as a “Top Rated Lawyer” by Super Lawyers for many years. He was also selected to be listed in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators 2010, 2011 and 2012.