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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

  • 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

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, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Boston’s Future Leaders, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (2019)
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