Job ExperienceJoanna C. Hendon is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Ms. Hendon's practice focuses on white collar criminal matters, regulatory enforcement actions, and complex civil litigation.
Ms. Hendon represents corporations and individuals in investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Department of Justice, the SEC, local prosecutors, and state Attorneys General. She has represented clients in cases involving allegations of insider trading, false or misleading corporate disclosures and other violations of the securities laws, antitrust violations, conflicts of interest, perjury, bribery, obstruction, tax fraud, money laundering, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Ms. Hendon also has extensive civil litigation experience.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ms. Hendon was in-house counsel at Merrill Lynch & Co., where she was responsible for all white collar and significant civil enforcement matters for the firm. Ms. Hendon regularly appeared before the U.S. Department of Justice, local prosecutors, the SEC, FINRA, and the New York State Attorney General (NYAG) in matters affecting the firm's investment banking, lending, sales and trading, and broker-dealer businesses. She also prepared witnesses to testify before Congress and conducted numerous internal investigations. Among other matters, Ms. Hendon was responsible for inquiries concerning the firm's origination and sale of subprime mortgage–backed securities and auction rate securities and allegations of bid rigging in the municipal finance industry.
Before working in-house, Ms. Hendon was in private practice and an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Southern District of New York. As an AUSA, Ms. Hendon was a member of the Southern District's Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force, where she was the lead prosecutor in numerous jury trials and complex investigations. In 2000, Ms. Hendon received the U.S. Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Trial of Litigation, the Department of Justice's highest honor for the trial of a case.
In private practice, Ms. Hendon represented corporate clients and individuals in complex civil litigation and white collar and regulatory matters. Representative criminal and regulatory matters include:
•The defense of an oil company in an FCPA investigation in the Southern District of New York.
After completing law school, Ms. Hendon served as a law clerk to Judge Frank M. Coffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1991, where she was notes editor for the Yale Law Journal, and her B.A. (Hon.) in English from the University of British Columbia in 1987, where she was the valedictorian of the Faculty of Arts. Ms. Hendon is currently an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where she teaches a course in insider trading and other securities fraud issues.
Ms. Hendon is admitted to practice in New York.