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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 Risk practice.

Joe is a corporate lawyer, a member of our capital markets group and head of our interdisciplinary ESG Risk practice. His work is company-focused, and beyond capital markets matters like IPOs and debt offerings, Joe advises on corporate governance, M&A and SEC enforcement.

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 the world’s largest bitcoin ETF. An authority on crypto, Joe has testified before Congress on digital asset regulation, regularly speaks at crypto conferences, and has authored articles on crypto regulatory reform.

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