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Joseph A. Hall


Advises on digital assets, capital markets transactions and public company governance and reporting matters. Head of ESG Risk practice.

Joe is a member of our capital markets group and head of our interdisciplinary ESG Risk practice.

Since 2014 Joe has advised numerous companies in the digital asset space. On behalf of Grayscale, Joe successfully challenged the SEC’s refusal to approve bitcoin ETFs, and today Grayscale’s GBTC is one of the largest bitcoin ETFs in the world. On behalf of Paxos, Joe was part of the Davis Polk team that successfully persuaded the SEC not to bring an enforcement action involving the stablecoin BUSD. Joe has testified before Congress on digital asset regulation and regularly speaks at crypto conferences.

Earlier in his career, Joe served as a member of SEC Chairman William Donaldson’s senior leadership team.




IFLR1000 – Capital markets (Debt, Equity), New York

Chambers FinTech - FinTech Legal: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

American Crypto Association – Top 25 Crypto Lawyers, 2020

Crain’s New York Business – “Notable LGBTQ Leaders,” 2022

Who’s Who Legal – Capital Markets – Debt & Equity


J.D., Columbia Law School
  • Charles Bathgate Beck Prize
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • James Kent Scholar
  • Notes and Comments Editor, Columbia Law Review
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • with highest honors


Law Clerk, Hon. Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1988-1989

Professional history

  • Davis Polk, 1989-1994, 1996-2003 and 2005-present
  • Managing Executive for Policy and Market Regulation Counsel for Chairman William H. Donaldson, Securities and Exchange Commission, 2003-2005
  • Corporate Counsel, Reuters America, 1994-1996

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
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