JOSEPH E. diGENOVA
Joseph E. diGenova, a founding partner of diGenova & Toensing, represents individuals,
corporations and other entities in criminal, civil, administrative, and investigative matters. In
December 1992 he was appointed Independent Counsel in the Clinton Passport File Search matter.
He served from 1995 – 2002 as Chairman of the Grievance Committee of the District Court, District
of Columbia. In 1997, he was named Special Counsel by the U.S. House of Representatives to probe
the election of Ron Carey as President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
From 1983 – 1988, Mr. diGenova was United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. He
supervised complex Federal criminal and civil matters including international drug smuggling,
public corruption, espionage, insider trading, tax violations, extradition, fiaud, RICO, export control
and international terrorism. He conducted a wide-ranging probe of corruption in the D.C.
government, which led to the conviction of two deputy mayors. He led the prosecution of Israeli spy
Jonathan Pollard and supervised the prosecution of attempted Presidential assassin, John W.
Mr. diGenova has extensive experience on Capitol Hill. He was Chief Counsel and Staff Director
of the Senate Rules Committee, and Counsel to the Senate Judiciary, Govemmental Affairs and
Select Intelligence Committee. He has conducted confirmation, investigative, legislative and
oversight hearings, drafted legislation, and testified before both Houses of Congress. He also served
as Administrative Assistant and Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Charles Mathias.
Mr. diGenova has published articles on criminal law, terrorism and Congressional oversight, and has
spoken on these and other litigation and legislative issues to organizations throughout the United
States. As part of his advocacy approach, he has appeared on many well-known national television
programs. He is a native of Delaware and received his undergraduate degree fiom the University of
Cincinnati and his law degree from Georgetown University.
Education: Georgetown University (J.D., 1970); University of Cincinnati (B.A., 1967); Admitted
to bar, 1970, District of Columbia.
Employment History: Private Practice, 1988 – Present; Appointed member of Independent Review
Board by International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James Hoffa, 2001 – ; Special Counsel
to U.S. House of Representatives Teamsters Investigation, 1997-1 998; Independent Counsel of the
United States, 1992-1995; U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1983-1988; Principal
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1982-
1983; Chief Counsel and Staff Director, U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, 198 1 – 1982; Administrative Assistant and Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Charles Mathias, 1979-
198 1 ; U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 1978; Subcommittee on the District of Columbia,
U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, 1976; Attorney Advisor on Intelligence Matters,
U.S. Attorney General Edward Levi, 1976-1977; Counsel, U.S. Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence, 1975-1 976; Assistant U.S. States Attorney, District of Columbia, 1972-1 975; Law Clerk
to Honorable George Gallagher, D.C. Court of Appeals, 1970-1 971.
Professional Organizations and Activities: Member, Board of Directors, Bankers Insurance Life
Society, 199 1-1 995; Member, Council for Court Excellence, 1991 ; Fellow, American Bar
Foundation, 1990- ; Master of the Bench, Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court, 1989-
1992; Legal Advisory Council, National Legal Center for the Public Interest, 1989-91 ; United States
Sentencing Commission, Practitioners Advisory Group on Organizational Sanctions, 1989- 1990;
Washington Legal Foundation Legal Policy Advisory Board, 1989; District of Columbia Superior
Court Sentencing Guidelines Commission, 1984-1 988; District of Columbia Circuit Judicial
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