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.


Representative Matters

  • Participated as a member of a team conducting an internal investigation in Brazil on behalf of a multinational corporation, defending against allegations involving financial integrity. As part of this representation, participated in interviews of existing and former employees, and managed 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. Drafted and filed the sentencing memo and reply
  • Assisted in representing several non-U.S. national employees of a multinational company in a Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation. Conducted client interviews, participated in negotiations with the government, and analyzed investigative materials
  • Worked as part of a team in defending 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.  Drafted a NORA response to the government and analyzed extensive materials relevant to the case
  • Worked as part of a team that successfully settled a qui tam False Claims Act investigation. Managed a team of contract attorneys and led 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 an internal investigation and multiple government investigations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act



  • J.D. summa cum laude American University, Washington College of Law 2013
    • Legal intern, United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
    • 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


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2023 – 2024