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Joshua C. Sharp



Joshua Sharp is a litigator and member of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group. He represents corporations and individuals in government investigations, enforcement actions and complex litigation.

What do you focus on?

My practice focuses on conducting internal investigations and representing corporations and individuals in regulatory inquiries, grand jury matters and criminal defense. I also litigate civil matters in state and federal courts.

Financial Institutions Investigations

I represent banks and broker-dealers in investigations and inquiries by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and foreign regulators in matters relating to the Bank Secrecy Act, securities laws and tax matters. I also represent financial institutions in investigations related to anti-money laundering controls.

Health Care and False Claims Act Litigation

I represent life sciences companies and health care providers in internal matters as well as grand jury and other types of investigations by the Department of Justice. My substantive experience in this area includes the Anti-Kickback Statute, the physician self-referral law (the “Stark Law”) and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. In addition, the False Claims Act is a significant part of my practice, both in the health care space and in other government-facing industries.

Corporate Immigration Investigations

I have extensive experience in corporate immigration fraud investigations related to business visas and work visas (e.g., B-1, H-1 and L-1) by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State.

Anti-Bribery and Corruption Matters

I conduct investigations of alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and other relevant laws in jurisdictions around the world, including Mexico, India and Pakistan.

Civil Litigation

In addition to my investigations work, I regularly represent clients in state and federal courts in business litigation matters ranging from fraudulent misrepresentation to defamation and civil RICO.

What do you see on the horizon?

There’s no shortage of developments in the government investigations space, but these are a few of the trends I’m keeping an eye on. The first is the government’s increased emphasis on implementing and maintaining an effective corporate compliance program. This is a cross-industry trend that affects most types of corporate malfeasance. I’m also following the government’s focus on holding individuals accountable for participation in corporate crime. Although this policy was outlined in a 2015 memo (the Yates Memo), we’re still learning how the policy affects the government’s investigations and corporate defendants’ responses to those investigations. The third trend, which is particular to the False Claims Act space, is the government’s increased willingness to dismiss deficient qui tam suits, as set forth in a January 2018 DOJ memo. Whether the government actually dismisses a significant number of qui tam suits remains to be seen, but this is an interesting development that may, to a small degree, ease the onslaught of False Claims Act litigation.

Representative Experience

  • Secured dismissal with prejudice of $3 billion civil RICO lawsuit filed in District of Massachusetts
  • Represented major energy company in litigation under the Massachusetts False Claims Act
  • Conducted internal investigations of bribery allegations under the FCPA in Asia and Mexico
  • Represented global financial institutions in tax evasion and anti-money laundering investigations
  • Represented large diagnostics manufacturer in investigation of alleged cGMP violations
  • Represented global technology companies in investigations of alleged immigration fraud
  • After seven-day jury trial, obtained complete defense verdict for client in defamation lawsuit

Racetrack Tells 1st Circ. Wynn RICO Scam Had No Finish Line

Law360 | August 14, 2020

This article—covering a Boston racetrack’s attempt to reinstate a racketeering lawsuit that claims Wynn Resorts cheated it out of a casino license—quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly. The story mentions Brian and Boston GIWC associate Josh Sharp for representing former Wynn Resorts chairman Stephen Wynn.

Start Date For First 'Varsity Blues' Trial Delayed Until February

Law360 | August 06, 2020

This article, covering a judge’s order to delay the first college admissions trial until February due to the coronavirus pandemic, mentions Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Lauren Maynard and Joshua Sharp for representing one of the defendants in the first trial.

Feds, 'Varsity Blues' Parents Agree Virus Should Delay Trial

Law360 | July 16, 2020

This article covers a request by prosecutors in the college admissions case to delay the first trial until late February due to COVID-19 challenges and safety concerns. Counsel for several defendants assented to the request, and the story mentions Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Joshua Sharp and Lauren Maynard for representing one of the defendants.

1st 'Varsity Blues' Trial Date Remains Firm Despite Pandemic

Law360 | May 29, 2020

This article detailing the latest developments in the college admissions case mentions Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Joshua Sharp and Lauren Maynard, all of Boston, as co-counsel to a defendant in the case.

Loughlin says "Varsity Blues" charges not tied to Mass.

Law360 | April 01, 2020

This article on the latest developments in the college admissions scandal highlights jurisdictional arguments from a brief written by Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Josh Sharp and Lauren Maynard. The NP attorneys are co-counsel to defendant Gamal Abdelaziz.

Loughlin, "Varsity" Blues-parents want "sham" case tossed

Law360 | March 25, 2020

This story on the latest developments in the college admissions matter mentions Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Josh Sharp and Lauren Maynard for their representation of Gamal Abdelaziz.

Casino Exec Says 'Varsity Blues' Call Could Clear His Name

Law360 | February 28, 2020

This article quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly related to a motion asking prosecutors to turn over records of a phone call that could potentially clear his client’s name. The article notes both Brian and associate Joshua Sharp as counsel to Gamal Abdelaziz in the college admissions case.

'Varsity Blues' Dad Accuses Feds Of Holding Back Evidence

Law 360 | December 05, 2019

This article notes Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associate Joshua Sharp for representing former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz in a case related to the college admissions scandal.

Former Wynn Resorts GC Moves to Toss $1B RICO Suit

Law360 | April 21, 2019

Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associate Joshua Sharp are mentioned for their representation of Steve Wynn in this article that provides updates in an ongoing RICO suit in Massachusetts federal court.

Contact

Joshua C. Sharp

Associate

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1135


Fax: 844-854-0306

Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

Harvard College, A.B., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Massachusetts

  • New England Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015–2019
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Boston’s Future Leaders, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (2019)
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