Joffre

Giselle J. Joffre

Partner
Co-Chair, White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice
Boston

Corporations and executives call on me for strategic advice to resolve complex federal government investigations.

Giselle Joffre is Co-Chair of Foley Hoag’s White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice. 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 extensive civil and criminal litigation and jury trial experience. Giselle, known for her keen interpersonal skills and business acumen, has led sensitive internal corporate investigations concerning allegations of racial discrimination, physical and sexual harassment/abuse, mismanagement, corruption, and export control violations. Upon conclusion, she provides strategic advice concerning appropriate corporate actions.

While Giselle has practiced in a wide variety of industries, her expertise is in the life sciences and health care sectors, with representative clients including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostic testing companies, hospitals, and universities. Recently, she has advised and defended diagnostic testing companies in federal litigation with respect to potential False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute liability arising from marketing and billing practices. She brings an understanding of the prosecutorial perspective to the defense of her clients having prosecuted civil healthcare fraud matters, as well as various types of criminal fraud.

Giselle currently serves as counsel in the government-mandated compliance monitorship of a complex, global financial institution. In this role, she advises the monitor with respect to compliance risk assessment and investigates the implementation of the monitor’s recommended compliance improvements.

Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, Giselle practiced at a Boston-based, national law firm. She earned her J.D. at Yale Law School and her A.B. in Economics, magna cum laude at Harvard College.

Education

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

Bar and Court Admissions

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

Experience

  • Represented company leadership and employees in Department of Justice criminal investigation into alleged federal health care fraud violations, including responding to subpoenas and preparing clients for interviews
  • Defended genetic test company in federal False Claims Act litigation concerning allegations of violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute
  • Defended genetic testing company and negotiated settlement of whistleblower complaint 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
  • Conducted internal investigations at well-known and public-facing institution concerning allegations of race-based discrimination by patrons
  • Conducted internal investigation and advised Board of Directors at public-facing institution concerning social-media complaint of racial discrimination; advised on issues of public relations concerns
  • 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
  • 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
  • Advised state-level transportation agency with respect to potential civil rights violations associated with major operational change
  • Advised state-level transportation agency in federal Department of Justice investigation 

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 & Involvement

HONORS
  • Boston Magazine Top Lawyer in White Collar/Criminal Defense (2021)
  • National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Outstanding Minority Partner in a Majority Law Firm Award (2021)
  • Massachusetts Black Women’s Association, Ida B. Wells Award Recipient (2021)
  • Partnership, Inc., Next Generation Executive Fellow 
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Rising Star
INVOLVEMENT
  • Board Director, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 
  • Trustee, Boston Symphony Orchestra 
  • Boston Bar Association, Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum Co-Chair (2020 – 2022)
  • Boston Bar Association, White Collar Steering Committee Co-Chair (2018-2020)
  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, Board Director (2017-2018); (2012-2014)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Building the Board and Committee Composition,” Mass Technology Leadership Council: Board-Ready Bootcamp – Diversity Leadership for Tech Boards (October 2022)

  • "Let's Talk Parallel Proceedings: Navigating the Challenges That Arise When Civil and Criminal FCA Allegations Converge," American Conference Institute's 10th Annual Advanced Forum on False Claims and Qui Tam Enforcement (January 2023)
  • Guiding Your Organization Through Corporate Investigations,” Women & Power In Law (October 2022)
  • “Charging and Sentencing,” Boston Bar Association Annual White Collar Crime Conference (May 2022)
  • “Pretrial and Compassionate Release During COVID-19: A Focus on White Collar Defendants in Federal Courts,” Boston Bar Association, White Collar Section, Moderator (May 2020)
  • “Corporate Prosecutions and Monitorships,” Boston Bar Association, White Collar Section, Panelist (February 2020)
  • “Discovery Issues,” Boston Bar Association, Annual White Collar Crime Conference Panelist (January 2020)
  • “Best Billing Practices,” DxConference - Advancing Market Access for Diagnostics (October 25, 2019)
  • “False Claims Act,” Boston Bar Association, Annual White Collar Crime Conference Panelist (April 2019)
  • “Significant Legal Developments in the  Northeast Region,” American Bar Association, 33rd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, Panelist (March 2019)
  • “The Global Reach of Money Laundering Enforcement,” American Bar Association, 32nd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, Panelist (March 2018)
  • "Criminal Lawyering in the New Administration," WLA Public Lawyering Series (March 2017)