Joshua Berman, a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer, has over twenty years of experience handling white collar and government investigations matters both in the private sector and in government. Josh represents and provides counsel to corporate clients, Boards of Directors and individuals in government, Congressional and internal investigations, civil litigation, information security, and securities enforcement proceedings. Josh has expertise in developing global compliance and training programs for companies, and handling due diligence in connection with anti-corruption and other potential fraud matters.
Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Josh served as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce. There, he was responsible for a wide array of substantive matters, including: CFIUS, international export sanctions, cybersecurity, ethics guidance, data privacy, international anti-corruption efforts, Congressional investigations and oversight, Treasury tax regulations, ECPA reform, counter-terrorism efforts, FirstNet, telecommunications and intellectual property matters.
From 1997 to 2001, Josh served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he supervised, investigated, prosecuted and tried cases relating to securities fraud, white collar crime, terrorism, espionage, health care fraud, public corruption, obstruction of justice, bank fraud, immigration fraud, anti-piracy and copyright infringement, money laundering, racketeering, cybercrime, and organized and violent crime. Josh served on team of counter-terrorism prosecutors who investigated and prosecuted al Qaeda members and associates overseas and within the U.S. From 2001-2002, Josh served as Associate Investigative Counsel on the high profile Webster Commission for the Review of FBI Security Matters where he led a large multi-agency team of intelligence agents examining lapses in FBI national security in the wake of Robert Hanssen’s espionage. From 2002-2004, Josh was a senior Trial Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section, where he supervised, investigated and prosecuted investigations and prosecutions of high profile corruption, FEC and campaign finance cases.
Josh is a member of our global Corruption Risk team.
News and client work
- U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Resolve Circuit Split Over the Scope of the False Claims Act (Government Contracting Law Report, January 2021)
- Banking Industry Risks Under CARES Act and FCA
Bloomberg Law, September 2020
- A Guide to Post Pandemic Government Investigations
Bloomberg Law, May 2020
- ACI's National Conference on Congressional Investigations: Preparing for Congressional vs. Executive Branch Investigations: Fine-Tuning Your Legal and PR Strategy
Speaker, September 26, 2019
- Clifford Chance, Washington D.C.
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Career and qualifications
- Cornell University (BA, Government) 1991
- University of Michigan Law School (JD Law) 1994
- Assistant U.S. Attorney (SDNY), U.S. Department of Justice 1997
- Associate Investigative Counsel, Webster Commission for the Review of FBI Security Programs, U.S. Department of Justice 2001
- Senior Trial Attorney, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section, U.S. Department of Justice 2002
- Partner, SNR Denton 2004
- Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman 2010
- Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce 2016
- Joined Clifford Chance as Partner 2017