Joel M. Hammerman is a trial lawyer and investigator who helps companies and their directors and executives respond to government and regulatory inquiries, conduct internal investigations, respond to relator allegations of fraud and handle complex litigation.
A federal prosecutor for 12 years, he has successfully tried over 20 cases and argued 11 matters in the U.S. Court of Appeals. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Joel investigated and prosecuted scores of sophisticated financial crimes, including health care fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, corporate and securities fraud, commodities fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud, public corruption and cybercrime.
Joel has significant expertise in health care compliance and enforcement issues. He counsels providers on regulatory matters, including those related to the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act, guides them through government investigations, and represents them in litigation.
Joel also has broad civil litigation experience. He spent five years at an international law firm where he litigated sophisticated, high-stakes business disputes, including trying cases to favorable verdicts.
As a prosecutor, Joel worked with civil litigators from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
When trade secrets and other sensitive information are compromised, Joel helps clients address these incidents. As a prosecutor, Joel led national security investigations.
He served as the United States Attorney’s Terrorism Financing Coordinator and as a liaison to FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence squads, where he worked closely with federal agents on matters that required coordination with the Department of Justice’s National Security Division.
Joel is a World War II history buff. He spent summers in college working for the Battle of Normandy Foundation in Normandy, France. Joel is also an avid White Sox fan, who long ago worked as a vendor at Comisky Park.
- Harvard Law School, J.D. magna cum laude (1997)
- University of Texas at Austin, B.A. highest honors (1994)
Bar Admissions : Illinois
Court Admissions :
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Clerkships : U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Hon. Sarah S. Vance, 1997-1998.
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