Joel Mallord

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Mr. Mallord’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, and civil litigation.

Mr. Mallord has represented corporate and individual clients in various enforcement matters, including under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Export Administration Regulations, and federal securities laws. He has also litigated civil cases in federal court, state court and arbitration, having extensive experience in case development, discovery, and motion practice.

Mr. Mallord began his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Guilford in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the Honorable Jacqueline H. Nguyen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. There, he aided the judges in resolving motions and appeals in a wide variety of criminal and civil matters. Following his clerkships, he practiced at Crowell & Moring, LLP as a white collar and antitrust associate.

Mr. Mallord graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. As a participant in the law school’s appellate litigation externship program, he successfully conducted an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on behalf of a developmentally disabled student seeking to enforce an administrative award under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Before law school, Mr. Mallord spent twelve years in the biotechnology industry. As a certified project manager, he led several multi-million dollar clinical drug manufacturing projects and gained a proficiency in biotechnology processes and regulations. Mr. Mallord leverages his project management background to efficiently handle client matters.


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. Magna cum laude, Order of the Coif - Editor-in-Chief, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Representative Cases

  • Representing several individuals in connection with SEC securities fraud investigation into failed tech startup
  • Representing a doctor wrongfully accused of homicide in state criminal proceedings
  • Represented banker in Federal Reserve enforcement action resulting in a consent order with no monetary penalty imposed
  • Represented a board member of large bank in responding to a FDIC 15-day letter, resulting in no action taken against him
  • Conducted internal investigation into misconduct of CEO of Silicon Valley startup, resulting in termination of the CEO by the board
  • Conducted internal investigation into fraudulent employment scheme at large corporation
  • Developed FCPA and export control compliance programs for transportation startup
  • Represented several national law firms in various malpractice actions
  • Defended union contractor in lawsuit brought by employee benefits trust funds alleging improper double breasting
  • Represented a leading manufacturer of electronic components in an antitrust action in the Northern District of California
  • Wrote successful habeas corpus briefs resulting in an order vacating the life sentence imposed on a juvenile offender in Virginia (Dumas v. Clarke, No. 2:13-cv-398 (E.D.Va.))
  • Successfully argued an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on behalf of a developmentally disabled student, resulting in a published opinion (D.E. v. Central Dauphin Sch. Dist., 765 F.3d 260 (3d Cir. 2014).


  • Hon. Andrew J. Guilford - U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • Hon. Jacqueline H. Nguyen