Giselle J. Joffre

Partner - Boston

Giselle Joffre
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Giselle Joffre is a partner in Foley Hoag's Litigation Department. A former federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, she focuses her practice on defending corporations and executives in criminal and civil government investigations, including grand jury matters. She also leads targeted internal investigations of sensitive, high-profile matters. She is experienced in the process of seeking a resolution of a government investigation, including the negotiation of settlement and compliance agreements. When investigations result in litigation, clients benefit from Giselle’s over 15 years of civil and criminal litigation and jury trial experience in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts. Giselle, known for her keen interpersonal skills and business acumen, has led sensitive internal corporate investigations concerning allegations of export control violations, mismanagement, corruption, physical and sexual harassment/abuse and race-based discrimination. Upon conclusion, she provides strategic advice concerning appropriate corporate actions.

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



Representative Experience

  • Defended genetic testing company in investigation initiated by OIG, Health & Human Services subpoena concerning potential False Claims Act violations
  • Defended pharmaceutical company executive in federal Department of Justice investigation concerning Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) and alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute
  • Advised pharmaceutical company concerning co-pay assistance programs
  • Advised pharmaceutical company concerning potential civil litigation strategy to address insurance-related matter
  • Defended former bank employee who testified before the Office of Currency Comptroller (OCC)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Advised state-level transportation agency with respect to potential civil rights violations associated with major operational change

Professional Experience

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


  • 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


  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, Board Director (2017-2018)
  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, Board Member (2012-2014)
  • “Best Billing Practices,” DxConference - Advancing Market Access for Diagnostics (Oct 25, 2019)
  • "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