Joe R. Caldwell is a widely sought, talented advocate for his corporate and individual clients in their most complicated commercial disputes and white-collar criminal matters. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a distinction reserved for one percent of trial lawyers in the United States and Canada, and recognized for his ongoing diversity, legal, and civic contributions locally and nationally.
Joe represents clients from a variety of industries in federal and state court litigation, and before congressional committees, administrative agencies, and arbitration tribunals. He regularly handles civil matters such as breach of contract, securities fraud, legal malpractice, banking issues, employment discrimination, and real estate, environmental and insurance disputes, and also conducts internal investigations.
In white-collar criminal matters, he has represented corporate CEOs in securities and other business fraud allegations, and physicians in Medicare fraud, professional practice, and peer review allegations. He defends clients against allegations of conspiracy, money laundering, federal contract fraud, mail and wire fraud, tax crimes, public corruption, obstruction of justice, and in matters initiated by independent counsel.
Joe has worked in state, local and federal government. He previously served four years as legal counsel at the United States Supreme Court and as an assistant to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. Before that, he served as a deputy attorney general for the state of New Jersey in its Criminal Division, and later as chief of staff and legal counsel to Washington, DC Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly.
Joe co-chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee and is also engaged in numerous pro bono activities. He has served as chair of the Committee on Grievances (ethics committee) of the US District Court for the District of Columbia and as general counsel of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit initiated by President Obama to help young boys of color overcome obstacles to achievement.
In addition, he has served as general counsel and later as board chairman of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the National Capital Area; on the board of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights; and as national co-chair of the DNC’s Lawyers’ Council. He also served as vice-chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Joe has taught trial practice both with the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, and as co-director of faculty at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.
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