Giselle J. Joffre

Partner - Boston

Giselle Joffre
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Giselle Joffre is a partner in Foley Hoag's Litigation Department, specializing in white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations, compliance consulting and complex civil litigation. Giselle advises clients in government investigations in the healthcare and financial services industries, including civil investigations arising from violations of the False Claims Act, federal grand jury investigations into alleged corporate fraud and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.

Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Giselle was an Assistant U.S. Attorney within the Civil & Criminal Divisions of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston for four years, where she conducted federal grand jury investigations, secured indictments and negotiated plea agreements for various felony charges, including bank fraud, government benefits fraud, identity theft and public corruption. She secured felony convictions after successful jury trials, including convictions for wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, tax fraud and attempted extortion.

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Education:

  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2003
  • Harvard University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2000

Languages:

English

Representative Experience

  • Defended pharmaceutical company executive in federal Department of Justice investigation concerning Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) 
  • Defended former bank employee who testified before the Office of Currency Comptroller (OCC)  
  • Defended genetic testing company in Department of Justice investigation concerning potential False Claims Act violations 
  • Led internal investigation concerning potential export control violation at scientific device company with a foreign parent company, advised on compliance improvements and drafted voluntary self-disclosure to government, with successful result of no government action 
  • Served as counsel to the government-appointed monitor of a major international financial institution with responsibilities including leading investigation into compliance matters including corporate culture, compliance framework and governance matters 
  • Conducted internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment at major Boston hospital and advised on resolution  
  • Conducted internal investigation into allegations of discrimination and retaliation at higher educational institution and advised on management and governance matters
  • Advised state-level transportation agency with respect to potential civil rights violations associated with major operational change 
  • Provided legal advice to pharmaceutical company concerning co-pay assistance programs   

Professional Experience

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Civil & Criminal Divisions, Boston
  • Special Assistant District Attorney, Middlesex District Attorney's Office

Honors

  • Fellow, Orville H. Schell Center for Human Rights, Yale Law School
  • Editor, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism
  • Harvard University Detur Prize
  • Recognized as a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Rising Star

Involvement

  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, Board Director (2017-2018)
  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, Board Member (2012-2014)
  • "Criminal Lawyering in the New Administration," WLA Public Lawyering Series (March 2017)
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit