Joseph McFarlane joined the DOJ as a trial attorney in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit of the criminal fraud section on 3 April. McFarlane was formerly an associate at Dechert for over three years. He moved from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, to become a prosecutor for Main Justice.
McFarlane, who goes by "Joe", worked on a case for Dechert in Ohio's Northern District Court in 2016, where the state accused the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Freddie Mac, of defrauding Ohio's public pension fund during the financial crisis. The lawsuit began in 2008, when Freddie Mac was also seized by the US government for racking up losses from mortgage securities. McFarlane left the case in 2017 to join the DOJ as a trial attorney.
McFarlane was previously a law clerk to Judge Anthony Scirica at the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 2013, and to Judge John Padova at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2011.
He studied economics and history at Cornell University before attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2008.