Joanna P. Breslow Boyd

Boyd Joanna
Joanna Breslow Boyd's practice focuses on representing clients in criminal investigations, civil government enforcement actions, and civil litigation, and advising clients on compliance and internal control issues. Joanna also maintains a robust pro bono practice, including playing a significant role on a team that is currently representing an Alabama death row inmate in a state habeas proceeding. This matter included an eight-day evidentiary hearing during which Joanna took the testimony of several witnesses. Joanna has also successfully obtained asylum for a woman fleeing domestic violence in her home country of Morocco.


Government Experience

  • Legal Intern, United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

Representative Matters

  • Member of a team conducting an internal investigation in Brazil for a multinational corporation into allegations involving financial integrity issues. Responsibilities included participating in interviews of current and former employees and managing a team of bilingual contract attorneys in the review of thousands of documents.
  • Assisted in representing a client in a contested sentencing after a guilty plea in a campaign finance case resulting in a sentence substantially below the applicable guideline range. Responsibilities included drafting and filing the sentencing memo and reply.
  • Assisted in representing several foreign national employees of a multinational company in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission by conducting client interviews, participating in negotiations with the government, and analyzing investigative materials.
  • Worked as part of a team that defended a credit repair company in a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau investigation and enforcement action involving numerous issues under the Dodd-Frank Act and the Telemarketing Sales Rule. Responsibilities included drafting a NORA response to the government and analyzing extensive materials relevant to the case.
  • Worked as part of a team that successfully settled a qui tam False Claims Act investigation. Responsibilities included managing a team of contract attorneys and leading the effort to assert and protect privilege over certain materials in responding to numerous government subpoenas.
  • Assisted in representing the CEO and the President of a major manufacturing company in connection with an internal investigation and multiple government investigations relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.




  • J.D. summa cum laude American University, Washington College of Law 2013
  • Order of the Coif 

    Senior Staff Member, American University Law Review

  • B.A. Williams College 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia