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Joseph A. Hall


Advises on capital markets transactions, digital asset creation and distribution, and public company governance and reporting matters. Head of ESG practice.

Joe is a member of our Capital Markets team and head of our interdisciplinary ESG practice. His practice includes advising companies and investment banks on IPOs, block trades and investment-grade, high-yield and convertible debt offerings.

Joe has advised on the securities law aspects of blockchain-based digital asset creation and distribution since 2014 and regularly interacts with the SEC on digital asset matters. His clients include companies and funds native to the space as well as companies embarking on digital asset projects and transactions.

An authority on public company governance and SEC reporting, Joe regularly advises on corporate governance and reporting obligations, sensitive C-suite and board matters, and securities law compliance. Joe also advises on the regulation of credit rating agencies.

Earlier in his career, Joe spent two years at the Securities and Exchange Commission, ultimately as Managing Executive for Policy under Chairman William H. Donaldson.




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
  • Partner, Davis Polk, 1999-2003 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
  • Davis Polk, 1989-1994 and 1996-2003
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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