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Joe Savage, a partner in Goodwin Procter's Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense Group, concentrates his practice on white collar criminal defense, governmental investigations work and complex civil litigation. His practice involves representing individuals and companies in a wide variety of fraud, false claims act, securities, health care, tax, public corruption, environmental and other investigations by federal, state and local law enforcement and government regulators, as well as representing companies and individuals in civil litigation, especially complex commercial disputes.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Mr. Savage is one of the most widely respected and accomplished trial lawyers in the nation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is annually recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Massachusetts Super Lawyers.[[Read More Delimiter]]

Among his numerous civic contributions, Mr. Savage served on Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Task Force on Ethics Reform and is a founding board member and former chairman of the New England Innocence Project.

White Collar Criminal Defense

Mr. Savage has experience in litigating complex white collar criminal matters including fraud, false claims act, tax, securities, healthcare, RICO, health and safety act, money laundering and public corruption matters. He has tried approximately 50 cases in U.S. District Courts throughout the country. His representations include:

  • A medical device company in connection with allegations by U.S. Attorney, District of Kansas of off label marking resulting in a civil resolution.
  • A medical device company in the District of Massachusetts in connection with a criminal investigation of anti-kickback and sales and marketing violations resulting in a deferred prosecution and civil resolution.
  • A waste-to-energy plant in a Commonwealth of Massachusetts criminal investigation and false claims act case resulting in a civil settlement.
  • A major telecommunications provider in multiple false claims act, consumer protection and tax matters pursued by the Massachusetts Attorney General.

Civil Litigation

Mr. Savage has also handled sophisticated trade secret, Lanham Act, RICO, consumer fraud, business tort and other civil litigation, including multi-district class action litigation. His recent representations include:

  • A national medical accreditation organization in connection with civil rights and discrimination claims.
  • One of the world’s largest banks in connection with several different class actions alleging improper mortgage fees and charges.
  • One of the country’s premier financial services providers in connection with employment discrimination cases and ERISA class action suits.

Mr. Savage counsels clients on establishing compliance programs, especially in the high tech, biotech and healthcare fields.

Mr. Savage has been featured in Boston Magazine: Top Ten Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Top 100 New England Super Lawyers, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and U.S. News-Best Lawyers (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense). He was also named 2007 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year, Frank J. Murray Inn of Court. He recently was named to the 2014 edition of Euromoney’s Expert Guides: White Collar Crime Lawyers as one of the leading white collar crime lawyers in the world.

While in law school, Mr. Savage was a member of the Virginia Law Review.

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Savage was a partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in Boston, where he directed the group’s white collar crime and governmental investigations work. He was a federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, New York, West Virginia and Missouri.

Mr. Savage served on the Massachusetts Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform, and also was selected to serve on the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Preventing Wrongful Convictions. He is a founding board member and former chairman of the New England Innocence Project, former co-chairman of the ABA Science and Technology Committee, former chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Federal Bar Association, former co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.

Mr. Savage is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council of New York, as well as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a former Advisory Board member of the Boston Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Mr. Savage is a frequent lecturer and the author of more than 75 articles on a variety of compliance, securities and white collar criminal matters. He is a member of the Board of Editors of both the White Collar Crime Reporter and Business Crimes Bulletin: Compliance and Litigation. Mr. Savage is the author of the “Trademark, Copyright and Intellectual Property Crime” chapter of White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses.

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Hope and Change - Tougher Business Crimes Enforcement Under Obama?
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Reducing White-Collar Sentences Through the Second Chance Act
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Challenging the Federal Sentencing Guidelines on Policy Grounds
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January 1, 2008

The State of Criminal Justice: Science and Technology Implications for Criminal Justice
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March 1, 2007

The Changing Face of FDA Consent Decrees - Are They Now Just Court-Ordered Corporate Integrity Agreements
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March 1, 2007

White Collar Law 2007, Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year
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Enlisting Law Enforcement in Corporate Competition
Business Crimes Bulletin
June 1, 2006

Attorney-Client Privilege on the Rebound?
White-Collar Crime
June 1, 2006

Inside the Minds: The New Perils of White Collar Crime
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Trends in Corporate Fraud Enforcement
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Getting the Help You Need: Privileges Protecting Nonlegal Professionals
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January 1, 2005

SOX Lowers the Bar for Barring Directors and Officers
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Can You? Should You? Must You? Counsel's Obligation to Self-Report Company Crime
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March 31, 2004

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They Are Coming For You: Dangers for Corporate Executives in the Expanding World of Financial Crime
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Another Day, Another Dollar: Paying to Defend the Coming Wave of Corporate Criminal Investigations
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Qui Tam Suits and the Civil False Claims Act
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December 1, 2002

Sarbanes-Oxley: New Ways to Solve Old Crimes
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Confidential Settlements: A Thing of the Past?
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
November 11, 2002

False Claims Act Enforcement in Massachusetts
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May 1, 2002

Ex-Employees' Duty to Produce Corporate Records
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
April 8, 2002

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January 1, 2002

Who Pays Retail?: Defining Retail Value Under the Sentencing Guidelines
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Cybercrime: The Investigation, Prosecution and Defense of Computer-Related Crime
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New Wine in Old Bottles: Searching for a Rational Approach to Sentencing for New Economy Crimes
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The Qui Tam: Explosion Massachusetts Joins the Battle
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When the Heartland is 'Outside the Heartland':The New Sentencing Guidelines for NET Act Sentencing
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Waive Goodbye to the Attorney-Client Privilege
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Trade Secrets: Conflicting View of the Economic Espionage Act
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September 1, 2000

1st Circuit Splits Again in Subpoena Dispute
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August 28, 2000

Federal Criminalization of Trade Secret Theft: An Update to the Economic Espionage Act
MCLE
July 1, 2000

Citizens Protection Act of 1998 Offers Less Protection Than Before
Business Crimes Bulletin
February 1, 2000

Secrets and Lies: Is There and Obligation by Public Companies to Disclose Uncharged Criminal Conduct?
White Collar Crime Reporter
January 1, 2000

Is it Sunset for Corruption Cases? Assessing the Impact of Sun Diamond
Criminal Justice Weekly
(Reprinted in BBA Criminal Justice Section Newsletter, January 2000)
December 20, 1999

Compliance Programs Avoid Costly and Lengthy Prosecution
Boston Business Journal
October 31, 1999

Criminalization of Trade Secret Theft: On the Second Anniversary of the Economic Espionage Act
Currents International Trade Law Journal
October 31, 1999

The Economic Espionage Act: A Promise Unfulfilled?
Criminal Justice Weekly
(Also printed in Corporate Law Weekly, September 30, 1999)
September 28, 1999

New Ammendments to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Broaden Its Scope As Enforcement Increases
White Collar Crime Reporter
July 1, 1999

How to Achieve Compliance Without Committing a Crime
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June 1, 1999

The Organizational Sentencing Data 1991-1997: A Preview of Coming Attractions?
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July 26, 2010
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February 23, 2009
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The Cutting Edge Issues in Criminal Law
January 27, 2009
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November 18, 2008
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Steps to Strides into the New Age
June 25, 2007
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State False Claims Summit
May 23, 2007
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Hot Issues in White Collar
February 1, 2007

Internal Investigations
June 1, 2006
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Joint Defense Agreements
February 16, 2006
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Beyond The Case: Handling the Media Crisis
December 8, 2005
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Changes in Securities Enforcement
October 24, 2005
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Defending Corporate Fraud Cases
August 23, 2005
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New Technology and the Law
August 8, 2005
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Compensation Panel
March 31, 2005
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Corporate Crime Panel
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Qui Tam Litigation
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White Collar Crime Overview
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Technology Offenses
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Winning Without Trying
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