Joseph Motto is a litigation associate in the firm’s Chicago office whose practice concentrates on securities and financial services litigation, white-collar criminal and regulatory defense, civil and criminal antitrust, and complex commercial litigation.
Mr. Motto has significant experience successfully representing investment banks, hedge funds, investment advisors, Fortune 500 companies, and individuals in matters adverse to the SEC, DOJ, FINRA, and private plaintiffs and involving the securities and financial services industries, including matters related to alleged securities fraud in connection with publicly and privately traded securities, disputes related to the collateralized debt obligation and residential mortgage backed securities markets, and trading in initial public offerings of debt and equity securities.
Recently, Mr. Motto was part of a small team who obtained a complete victory for Cisco Systems, Inc. on a motion to dismiss a sprawling alleged securities fraud class action complaint pending in the Northern District of California related to declines in Cisco’s stock price in 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Motto was part of a team who achieved dismissal on summary judgment of a securities fraud class action pending in the Northern District of Georgia against Scientific Atlanta in a ruling affirmed on appeal by the Eleventh Circuit.
In addition, Mr. Motto was a core member of a small team who in late 2011 tried a high profile white-collar criminal case to jury verdict in the Northern District of Illinois.
Mr. Motto has also performed work on behalf of clients including Credit Suisse Securities (USA), Goldman, Sachs & Co., and NorthShore University HealthSystem.
Mr. Motto received a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science in 2005 from Northwestern University. He received a J.D., with distinction, in 2008 from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he was note and comment editor of the Journal of Corporation Law.