Joseph Bargnesi advises clients in connection with domestic and cross-border investigations, white collar criminal and civil enforcement matters, and related litigation.

Mr. Bargnesi represents global companies and organizations, as well as high-profile individuals, in matters involving complex regulatory regimes. He has particular experience in matters involving:  

  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Accounting and securities fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Sanctions
  • Antitrust and unfair competition
  • Healthcare fraud and abuse
  • Corporate misconduct

He leverages this experience to help clients navigate investigations and enforcement actions involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), State Attorneys General, and other regulators worldwide.

Complementing his investigations and defense work, Mr. Bargnesi works closely with clients to mitigate enforcement risks by enhancing their corporate compliance programs. He draws on extensive experience to help clients:

  • Draft policies and procedures
  • Conduct risk assessments
  • Develop training programs
  • Leverage innovative compliance monitoring and analytics

Mr. Bargnesi also regularly advises clients in connection with cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions, including pre- and post-acquisition due diligence counseling and related disclosures.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Bargnesi worked as a law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office for Western District of New York and United States Magistrate Judge F. Bradford Stillman on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Investigations and Enforcement

Mr. Bargnesi’s investigations and enforcement experience includes representing:

  • Companies, as well as high-profile individuals in connection with DOJ and SEC FCPA investigations, including multiple cases in which investigations were closed without enforcement action
  • Several multinational companies in connection with internal anti-corruption investigations around the world, including field work in Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, and South America
  • A state-owned entity in an investigation and related civil recovery stemming from a DOJ and SEC FCPA resolution in which the client was a victim of bribery and financial misconduct
  • Public companies, as well as their directors, officers, and employees, in SEC investigations related to accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, and other securities laws and regulations
  • Audit committees of boards of directors in conducting investigations related to financial restatements and similar matters
  • Special committees of boards of directors in connection with investigations into potential misconduct by senior executives
  • Multiple individuals in connection with DOJ and SEC insider trading investigations
  • An industrial pipe manufacturer in an FTC investigation of the ductile iron pipe industry involving allegations of violations of the Sherman Act
  • Multiple companies, including a leading pharmaceutical distributor, in criminal and civil investigations by DOJ related to the distribution of controlled substances

Compliance and Transactional Matters

Mr. Bargnesi’s compliance and transactional experience includes helping:

  • A multinational energy and infrastructure company design, implement, and test a global corporate compliance program
  • A multinational oil and gas company in designing and conducting a global anti-corruption risk assessment
  • A global technology company in building a best-in-class anti-corruption compliance program
  • Several multinational companies — including major private equity firms — in advising on anti-corruption risks and risk mitigation strategies associated with acquisition and investment decisions
  • Multiple private equity clients devise and implement processes, procedures, and training materials for conducting corporate compliance diligence in connection with strategic transactions
  • A global manufacturing company in conducting a post-acquisition risk assessment
  • Several trade associations and non-profit organizations in designing, implementing, and executing risk-based corporate compliance programs

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • JD, William & Mary Law School
    magna cum laude
  • BA, State University of New York, Geneseo
    with high honors