Joshua Hill, Jr.

Joshua Hill, Jr.


San Francisco, (415) 268-6462
New York, (212) 336-8462


Morehouse College (B.A., 1997)
Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 1999)
Yale University (J.D., 2002)

Bar Admissions

New York

Joshua Hill, a former federal prosecutor focusing on investigations and white-collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation, is praised by clients for his results, presence, and judgment. Mr. Hill has tried and arbitrated cases in federal court, JAMS, and the American Arbitration Association (AAA).  He has tried seven cases to jury verdict in federal court and has experience in every aspect of trial practice. Chambers USA described Mr. Hill as a “very talented” litigator with “significant strengths acting for clients in the technology, healthcare and energy sectors.”

Mr. Hill has particular experience representing clients within the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer technology, sports, and energy industries. He has more than 15 years of diverse experience across a variety of disciplines, including: civil and criminal Department of Justice investigations; civil and criminal antitrust; sports litigation; high-stakes business disputes; California Public Utilities Commission investigations; California Department of Insurance health care fraud investigations; consumer class actions; and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations. Mr. Hill’s experience also includes cases requiring close coordination with litigation public relations professionals.

Mr. Hill's recent notable white collar defense and government enforcement cases include the following:

Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense

  • Medical device maker in U.S. Department of Justice False Claims Act investigation predicated on alleged violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. The government declined to intervene, and the whistleblower dismissed the qui tam complaint.
  • Leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in parallel U.S. Department of Justice criminal and civil investigations related to allegations of false and misleading promotional practices. The government declined criminal prosecution.
  • Individual in prosecution alleging fraud in connection with a failed real estate development. Convinced the government to voluntarily dismiss federal indictment on eve of trial. After re-indictment, prevailed on motion to dismiss the federal indictment, resulting in the government’s decision to abandon the prosecution.
  • Senior executive in DOJ antitrust investigation and manufacturer in DOJ antitrust price-fixing investigation.
  • Health care supply-chain company in connection with a Drug Enforcement Administration audit and settlement of civil charges for violations of federal recordkeeping requirements.
  • Private equity firm in an investigation related to accusations of workplace misconduct and harassment.
  • Investor-owned utility in a California Public Utilities Commission enforcement proceeding related to natural–gas distribution pipelines, including an evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge.
  • Health care provider in connection with a California Department of Insurance anti-kickback investigation.

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Successful representation of a large consumer technology company in consumer class action alleging violations of California’s unfair competition law.  The litigation settled on favorable terms.
  • Argued successful motion to deny class certification in consumer class action alleging violations of unfair business practices and false advertising laws in connection with streaming video technology.
  • Representing investment company in connection with civil antitrust investigation by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.
  • Representing large consumer technology company in consumer class action alleging violations of the California Song-Beverly Credit Card Act in connection with collection of customer data.
  • Representing the Golden State Warriors organization in AAA arbitration against the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority related to the lease to Oracle Arena.
  • Successful representation of the former executive director of the National Basketball Players Association in breach-of-contract litigation against the NBA players union. The parties reached a confidential settlement.
  • Secured dismissal of all claims with prejudice in wrongful death litigation arising out of a multiple-casualty workplace shooting.
  • Successful representation of an investment firm in a five-week arbitration hearing related to claims for breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, and breach of fiduciary duty.

While serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California, Mr. Hill investigated and prosecuted a wide range of offenses, including wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, criminal tax, immigration violations, and violent crimes.

Mr. Hill is ranked as a leading lawyer in California by Chambers USA for 2019 in white-collar defense and government investigations. In 2018, Chambers USA had named Mr. Hill as one of only two “Up and Coming” lawyers in California for the same category, and he was recommended by Legal 500 US for corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense. In 2015, the Daily Journal named him one of the “Top 20 Lawyers Under 40” in California.

Mr. Hill also maintains an active pro bono practice. In 2016, he served as head of the Counsel Working Group responsible for investigating personnel and internal discipline practices within the San Francisco Police Department in connection with the Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement. 

Mr. Hill served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, his M.A. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and his B.A. in economics from Morehouse College.

Ranked for California Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Chambers USA

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