Practice Profile: As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District’s securities fraud unit, Joshua Naftalis currently investigates and prosecutes a wide range of white-collar crimes, including insider trading, securities mismarking, disclosure violations, accounting fraud, broker-dealer and investment advisor fraud, and market manipulation. In the past year, he has led many of the office’s most prominent securities fraud investigations.

Earlier in his career as an AUSA, he focused on Russian organized crime, as well as violent crime prosecutions. He successfully prosecuted 33 members and associates of two Russian-American organized crime enterprises. He also convicted at trial the leaders of a RICO enterprise that engaged in health care fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering, totaling more than $250 million. He also recently convicted at trial a leading member of the Bloods for murder and narcotics trafficking.

Leadership, Pro Bono and Civic Work: Joshua is co-lead counsel in the path-breaking investigation and prosecution of insider trading at two separate hedge funds based on material nonpublic information leaked from federal agencies. He is also currently co-leading the investigation of a “pay-for-play” bribery scheme involving the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the third largest pension fund in the country.

Prior Experience:

Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, 2005-2012

Clerk, Hon. John M. Walker Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2004-2005

Clerk, Hon. Carol Bagley Amon, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2003-2004


J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2003

B.A., Yale University, 1999