Joseph C. Mauro

Joe represents a wide range of clients in governmental investigations and prosecutions, compliance enhancement initiatives, and domestic and international litigation and arbitration.
Joseph C. Mauro, Associate at Arent Fox

Joe has particular experience with anti-corruption laws, corporate governance, SEC enforcement, and Multilateral Development Banks. He is a regular author and presenter on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related international anti-corruption laws.

Client Work

Joe’s experience covers the life cycle of a governmental investigation, from avoiding potential violations to dealing with inquiries and prosecution. Representative matters include:

  • Updating clients’ compliance policies and procedures to reflect current best practices.
  • Conducting anti-corruption due diligence of third-party agents in Latin America and Eastern Europe.
  • Designing and conducting pre-acquisition due diligence to uncover corruption risks.
  • Coordinating with foreign counsel in dozens of countries to advise on local anti-corruption laws.
  • Designing and conducting internal investigations into alleged fraud and other misconduct.
  • Defending individuals, multinational corporations, and non-profit organizations accused of corrupt practices.

Joe has particular experience with Multilateral Development Banks, including:

  • Independent compliance monitorships of large multinational corporations pursuant to settlements of World Bank Group debarment proceedings.
  • Advising on the internal rules and procedures of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Defending individuals and companies accused of fraud by the Inter-American Development Bank.

Joe also has particular experience in SEC enforcement matters, including:

  • Representing individuals and corporations in insider trading investigations.
  • Contesting SEC charges of securities fraud, broker-dealer and investment advisor rule violations, and related allegations.
  • Settlement negotiations on behalf of individuals and companies.

Joe’s compliance work has involved travel to 15 countries on 6 continents. He also has experience with civil litigation in state and federal courts, and international arbitration cases including investor-state arbitration, state-state boundary disputes, and other matters. 

Previous Work

  • Law Clerk, Honorable Sally D. Adkins, Court of Appeals of Maryland (2011-2012). 
  • Judicial Intern, Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina, US District Court for the District of Columbia (2009).

Professional Activities

Joe is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the IBA’s Anti-Corruption Committee.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

  • “FCPA Compliance Programs: Checklist for the Medical Device Industry,” Bloomberg BNA, with Peter Unger (2017). 
  • “FCPA Enforcement in 2017: Risks, Developments, and Best Practices for Effective Compliance Programs,” Credit Research Foundation – Credit & Accounts Receivable Forum & Expo, with Peter Unger (August 2017).
  • “The US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Related Laws” (book chapter), Practicing Law Institute, with Peter Unger and Collin Seals (2015).
  • “FCPA Best Practices for the Fashion and Beauty Companies,” Corporate Counsel, with Anthony Lupo and Peter Unger (2014).
  • “The Clean Companies Act: Brazil’s New Anti-Corruption Law,” Medical Device Summit, with Peter Unger (2013).
  • “Intentional Killing without Intending to Kill: Knobe’s Theory as a Rational Limit on Felony Murder,” 73 La. L. Rev. 1011 (2013).
  • “Rethinking ‘Murderabilia’: How States can Restrict Some Depictions of Crime as they Restrict Child Pornography,” 22 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L. J. 323 (2012).
  • Student Note, “Wartime Prejudice Against Persons of Italian Descent: Does the Civil Rights Act of 1988 Violate Equal Protection?” 15 Mich. J. Race & L. 445 (2010).

During law school, Joe was the Executive Notes Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law.



Life Beyond the Law

Joe is a classically trained singer and long-suffering Wake Forest sports fan. He enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family.