Bard

Yoni Bard

Associate
Boston

I help companies and individuals navigate high-stakes business disputes, investigations and government enforcement actions.

Yoni Bard is a member of Foley Hoag’s Litigation Department, where he focuses on business disputes and white-collar defense. He has experience representing clients in civil and criminal matters related to healthcare, technology, and other industries.
 

An active participant of the firm’s pro bono program, Yoni helps immigrants challenge unlawful detention and avoid deportation through federal, state, and administrative proceedings. 

In 2017, Yoni served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County, where he represented the Commonwealth in felony and misdemeanor criminal prosecutions and tried approximately a dozen cases before judges and juries. During law school, Yoni served as an immigration law research assistant and as a judicial intern for the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Education

  • McGill University, B.A., 2010
  • Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2016


 

Bar and Court Admissions

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Massachusetts
COURT ADMISSIONS
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Experience

INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMETN ENFORCEMENT
  • Defended co-founder of cryptocurrency derivatives exchange in federal criminal action based on alleged Bank Secrecy Act violations.
  • Defended genetic testing company in investigation initiated by OIG, Health & Human Services subpoena concerning potential False Claims Act violations.
  • Defended restaurant owner against federal bribery charges.
  • Conducted internal investigation for digital therapeutics company concerning allegations of potential misrepresentations to investors.
  • Conducted internal investigation for philanthropic organization concerning allegations of misappropriation of funds by employee.
  • Advised investment advisory firm concerning potential violations of Controlled Substances Act and Money Laundering Control Act arising from international cannabis investments.
  • Advised municipalities concerning federal enforcement of immigration laws and compliance with grant conditions.
  • Served as counsel to government-appointed monitor of major international financial institution with responsibilities including investigation and assessment of compliance program.
BUSINESS LITIGATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION
  • Represented non-profit organization in dispute arising from business email compromise and misdirected payment. Represented genetic testing company in arbitration concerning allegations of improper billing practices.
  • Represented plaintiffs challenging Massachusetts Governor and Department of Public Health’s ban on medical marijuana vaping products.
  • Represented biotechnology company in federal litigation concerning alleged non-compete violations.
  • Represented medical billing provider in state litigation concerning alleged non-solicitation violations.
PRO BONO
  • Secured release of immigration detainees through habeas corpus litigation and settlement negotiations with Department of Justice.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement agreement on behalf of small business owner in commercial eviction action.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Served as Special Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Guest lectured on federal immigration litigation at Boston College Law School.

Publications

Honors & Involvement

HONORS
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch
  • Senior Editor, Boston College Law Review
INVOLVEMENT
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "How to Navigate a Congressional Investigation," Foley Hoag Webinar (July 2021) 
  • Speaker, “California Dreaming: California Consumer Privacy Act – Compliance Issues for Asset Managers, “ Boston Bar Association, (December 2019)  
  • “Life in the Fast Lane: Cruising Through the CCPA’s Draft Regulations,“ Podcast: Volume Two (November 2019)
  • “Welcome to the Hotel California (Consumer Privacy Act): You can check out any time you’d like, but you may still be liable,“ Podcast: Volume One (August 2019)