Joan Meyer, Former Federal Prosecutor, Joins Thompson Hine’s White-Collar Practice

Date: November 14, 2019

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that Joan E. Meyer has joined the firm’s White Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement group in Washington, D.C., and Chicago as a partner.

Meyer was a partner at Baker McKenzie for over 10 years, where she served as practice chair of the Compliance & Investigations group and as the D.C. office’s litigation chair. She has 25 years of experience handling complex white collar matters and global investigations. She has tried more than 100 cases at the state and federal levels and handled more than 40 appeals in the 6th and 7th Circuits. Her practice focuses on multijurisdictional FCPA investigations, including those involving fraud and money laundering, in all regions of the world. She also conducts international internal investigations for corporate clients to determine if legal or regulatory violations were committed and defends companies and individuals in negotiation and litigation with U.S. government agencies.

With Meyer’s addition, Thompson Hine’s white collar team now includes six former prosecutors with a deep breadth of experience. Meyer is the third lawyer with substantial federal prosecutorial experience to join the practice recently. She is pleased to be joining Steven A. Block, a former federal prosecutor and Deputy Chief with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois and former Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Sarah M. Hall, a former white collar prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section and member of its Securities and Financial Fraud Unit and nationwide Medicare Fraud Strike Force.

“Joan is one of the leading white collar and corporate compliance lawyers in the country, and we are excited to welcome her to Thompson Hine’s growing white collar practice, which continues to gain momentum with our recent additions,” said David A. Wilson, partner in charge of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. “Joan’s presence at the firm expands our ability to meet our clients’ needs in an increasingly regulated environment. She offers both a government insider’s perspective and a commercially focused, pragmatic viewpoint gleaned from her years in private practice.”

Meyer has extensive experience in global corporate compliance and routinely advises senior management and boards of directors on best practices for compliance with U.S. and international legal requirements and regulations and the consequences of law enforcement inquiries, including the development of defense strategies and government disclosures. She focuses on the development of compliance policies and procedures and the enhancement of a company’s internal controls. Meyer has handled international matters with companies in the manufacturing, life sciences, mining and extraction, financial services, and transportation and logistics sectors, including conducting global risk assessments and audits, establishing compliance programs, creating remediation plans and developing emergency/crisis management strategies. She has been recognized multiple times by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the most influential professionals in corporate governance.

“I was drawn to Thompson Hine for several reasons,” said Meyer of her move to the firm. “First, I have worked with several of the white collar lawyers there for many years and have found them to be of exceptional quality and integrity. Second, the firm’s genuine focus on innovating the service delivery model was a major draw because clients have a right to demand a great product at a reasonable cost. Finally, I was extremely impressed with Managing Partner Debbie Read and the power she has had to effect change at the firm. She is a dynamic force at the firm, and its diversity program is very impressive.”

Before entering private practice, Meyer held several high-profile government positions. She served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she advised on complex criminal and civil litigation, including corporate frauds such as falsely inflating revenue, insider trading and accounting schemes, and managed the operation of the president’s Corporate Fraud Task Force. She also developed the Department’s corporate charging and monitorship policies. In addition, she held a variety of positions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan, including First Assistant and Chief of the Criminal Division, and she was a criminal prosecutor in Chicago in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office and a state prosecutor in Michigan. She has also worked as a senior trial attorney in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington D.C., where she prosecuted investment frauds involving the commodity futures markets.