JOSEPH J. SMALLHOOVER

My career as a legal adviser has been extremely exciting and varied, spanning numerous countries on six continents (excluding only Antarctica where I had no internet connectivity). It has taken me from the Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, where I qualified as an attorney, to Paris, where I established Bryan Cave’s French office and now practice as a dual-qualified international lawyer.

I help multinational businesses and financial institutions in the commercial, corporate and financial sectors deal with issues such as compliance, financial regulation, data protection and privacy, anti-corruption, multi-level marketing and customs and trade law.

I also advise sovereign governments, handle crisis management situations, assist on mergers and acquisitions and manage a wide variety of litigation matters, ranging from major infrastructure projects, to complex international financial disputes, as well as contract and labor law disputes.

I have taught courses on international business transactions, international dispute resolution, US constitutional law, and the common law system.

I have published numerous articles, both scholarly and more practice oriented. And I have spoken on a wide spectrum of related topics, from bankers’ liability, to the Millennium bug, to the law of beer.

In my free time, I have been active in a broad variety of charitable, civic, political, and religious activities, including The American Chamber of Commerce in France, the Democratic National Committee, Democrats Abroad, Duke University Alumni Club of France and St. Joseph’s RC Church.

And somehow despite all of that, I find time for my many friends and family, not to forget my passions for art, serious music, theater, dance, cooking, fine dining, travel, sports and adventure.

Joseph J. Smallhoover

English: native; French: fluent; German: fluent; Spanish: conversant

BRYAN CAVE LLP, Paris, France – 2008 to 2020

Paris Office Managing Partner (2008-2014); Partner (2008 to 2018); Senior Counsel (2019)

DECHERT LLP, Paris, France – 1998 to 2008

Paris Office Managing Partner (1998-2006); Frankfurt am Main Office Managing Partner (2004-2006); Partner (1998 to 2008)

S.G. ARCHIBALD, Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium – 1985 to 1998

Partner (1996-1998); Associate (1985-1995)

ROSEN, WACHTELL & GILBERT, Los Angeles, California, USA – 1984

Associate

FARNBOROUGH & PARTNERS, Düsseldorf, Germany – 1983

Foreign Associate

SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA – 1980 to 1982

Judicial Law Clerk for President Judge William F. Cercone

McGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW — UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC, Sacramento, California and, Salzburg, Austria – 1987 to Present

Adjunct Professor.  Courses: International Business Lawyer (1987-2013) ; Dealing with Corrupt Practices in International Commerce (2015) ; International Dispute Regulation (2014 to 2018)

UNIVERSITE DE PARIS I – (PANTHEON – SORBORNE), Paris, France – 1997

Adjunct Professor.  Course: Dispute Resolution, Masters Program; Strategy, Information and Organization Consulting – Project Management Leaders for South Africa.

INSTITUT D’ETUDES POLITIQUES DE PARIS, Paris, France – 1992 to 1995

Adjunct Professor. Introduction to American Constitutional Law

UNIVERSITE DE PARIS X (NANTERRE), Nanterre, France – 1986 to 1992

Adjunct Professor, Law Faculty, DESS Droit du Commerce International.  Course: Introduction to American Law

THERESIANISCHE AKADEMIE (THERESIANUM), Öffentliches Gymnasium der Stiftung, Vienna, Austria – 1976 to 1977

Teaching Assistant in the upper school under the auspices of the Austro-American Education Commission (Fulbright Commission) Educational Exchange Program

American Bar Association; California State Bar; International Bar Association; Pennsylvania Bar Association; French-American Bar Association

RHEINISCHER INTERNATIONALER JURISTENVEREIN e. V. (Rhenish International Lawyers Association), Düsseldorf, Germany – 1983 to 2009

President (1985-1989; 1997-1999); Secretary-Treasurer (1989-1990); Secretary (1990-1992; 2005-2006); Member (1983 to 2009)

THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN FRANCE, INC., Paris, France – 1985 to Present

President, Young Executives Program (1991-1993); Member, Committee on Law and Public Affairs (1995-1998); Member (1985 to Present); Member, Board of Directors (2013 to Present)

REVUE DE DROIT DES AFFAIRES INTERNATIONALES –  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW JOURNAL, Paris, France – 1986 to Present

Bilingual Editor

McGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW — UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC, International Board of Advisors, Sacramento, California – 2008 to Present

Member (2008 to Present); Vice Chair (2013 to 2016); Co-Chair (2016 to present)

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION – INTERNATIONAL SECTION, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Network

Vice Chair (2013 to 2014); Co-Chair (2014 to 2017); Senior Adviser (2017 to present)

INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE COMMISSION ON COMMERCIAL LAW AND PRACTICE, Paris, France – 2011 to Present

Member

Pennsylvania (Admitted 1980); United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (Admitted 1981); California (Admitted 1983); United States District Court for the Central District of California (Admitted 1984); France (Admitted 1987); England and Wales (Registered Foreign Lawyer, (1998); Supreme Court of the United States (Admitted 2015); Dubaï International Financial Center (DIFC) Courts (Registered September 2015); District of Columbia (Admission pending)

Ranked in the 2018 Decideurs Financial and Tax Strategies Guide

  • Quality Practice: Banking and Finance
  • Renowned Practice: Financial Services
  • Renowned Practice: Securitization

Ranked in the 2017 Décideurs Regulatory Compliance, Fraud and Investigations Guide:

  • Strong Reputation: Internal Investigations and Compliance Programs;

International Investigations

  • Renowned Practice: Financial Services (Regulatory and Litigation)

Regulatory Compliance Lawyer of the Year in France – 2015:  Global Law Experts Annual Awards

Leadership & Stratégie, Silver Medal — 2008: Trophées du Droit et de la Finance

DEUTSCHER AKADEMISCHER AUSTAUSCHDIENST / GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE (DAAD), Tübingen & Düsseldorf, Germany

Fellow, Special Program for Young Lawyers – October 1982 to December 1983

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF LAW, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Juris Doctor – May 1980

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Master of Arts, German – August 1976

DUKE UNIVERSITY, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude), Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature – September to December 1971; September 1973 to May 1975

WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE, Washington, Pennsylvania, USA – February 1972 to May 1973

Majors in English and German

DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

Democratic National Committee: Member (1995-2003; 2008-2012); Credentials Committee, Member (1997-2003; 2008-2012); LGBT Caucus, Member (2008-2012)

Democratic Party Committee Abroad: International Chair (1999-2003); International Vice Chair (1995-1999); International Secretary (1990); International Counsel (1991-1995; 2003 to 2011; to Present); LGBT Caucus, Chair (2008 to 2013); Tax Reform Task Force, Member (2011 to Present)

Democrats Abroad France: Chairman (1989-1995; 2007-2009; 2015 to 2019); Vice Chair (2013-2015); Executive Committee, Member (1988-1989; 2019 to Present); LGBT Caucus, Co-Chair (2008 to 2013); Member (1985 to Present)

DUKE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI CLUB OF FRANCE

Co-President (1985 to 2016); Chairman, Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee (1987-1992),  Member (1992 to Present)

AMERICAN COUNCIL ON GERMANY

Member (1992-2011)

THE AMERICAN CLUB OF PARIS

President (2011 to 2017); Director (2017 to present); Member (1986 to Present)

“German Newsletter” with Dr. Volker Triebel in Business Law Review (1983-1984)

“France” in Doing Business in Europe, CCH Editions Limited (1988-1998)

“Rites of Tolerance” in Two and Two (March/April 1990)

“France” in International Banking: A Legal Guide, Special Supplement to the International Financial Law Review (September 1991)

International Financial Law Practice Files, French Correspondent (1992-1993)

“La commercialisation d’OPCVM étrangers en France” in Marchés et Techniques Financières (no. 72, July-August 1995)

“Faut-il renforcer l’article 52 de la loi bancaire” in Marchés et Techniques Financières (no. 76, December 1995)

“Nouvelles lumières sur les règlements des litiges dans les financements internationaux” in Marchés et Techniques Financières (no. 79, March 1996)

“L’évolution du comportement des investisseurs institutionnels en matière de ‘Corporate Governance’” in Marchés et Techniques Financières (no. 81, May 1996)

“La fusion d’échelles d’intérêts” in Marchés et Techniques Financières (no. 83, September 1996)

“Le nouveau régime du nantissement de comptes d’instruments financiers” in L’Agéfi (November 26, 1996)

“France Fights to Regain Foothold” in Airfinance Journal: Guide to Aviation Lawyers (1997)

“Recouvrement amiable des créances: nouvelle réglementation” in L’Agéfi (January 17, 1997)

“Fraude dans les opérations bancaires internationales” with Kristine Karsten in L’Agéfi (March 27, 1997)

“Une copie à revoir? La nouvelle Loi sur les plans d’épargne retraite” in L’Agéfi (June 4, 1997)

“La nouvelle réglementation du recouvrement amiable de créances: Etes-vous concerné ” with Stéphane Vital-Durand in La Semaine Juridique, Ed. E, (no. 38, 1997)

“Realizing an Aircraft Mortgage in France” with Kristine Karsten in Airfinance Journal: Guide to Aviation Lawyers (1998)

“The Euro: The Practical Implications for Its Introduction” with Bernardine Adkins in The National Law Journal (July 27, 1998)

“Gestion de Trésorerie Centralisée ou Décentralisée? / Centralized or Decentralized Cash Management?” in Revue de Droit des Affaires Internationales (no. 6, 1998)

“La réforme de la notion d’appel public à l’épargne” with Christian Cano in Les Echos (December 2, 1998)

“France Seeks to Create its Own Pfandbriefe Market” with Christian Cano in International Financial Law Review (August 1999)

“Capital-risque : quels sont les outils dont dispose un investisseur pour entrer dans votre capital?” with Christian Cano in Option Finance (September 13, 1999)

“Les obligations foncières : un nouvel acteur dans le marché français” with Christian Cano in La Semaine Juridique (no. 37, 1999)

“Fund and Asset Management in France” with Christian Cano in Fund Management 1999, a legal guide (International Financial Law Review, 1999)

“The Economic and Commercial Benefit of Corporate Guarantees – An International Comparison” with Andrew Petersen, Richard Temko, Marc Seimetz, Gary Green and Vincent Coq in Butterworth Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (Vol. 17 – No. 6, June 2002)

“Les devoirs des gérants de ‘hedge funds’ : Le contrôle de la Securities and Exchange Commission sur les ‘hedge funds’ est remis en question par la Cour fédérale d’appel du District de Columbia” with Alexandre Marion in Les Echos (September 13, 2006)

“French Issues on Securitization” in Securitizations: Legal and Regulatory Issues (Law Journal Press, 2006)

“The CMBS Market in France”  in Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securitisation: Developments in the European CMBS Market (Sweet and Maxwell, 2006)

“Le Secret Professionnel et la Cyber Law” in Protection of Privacy Rights and the Challenges of the Virtual World (College of Law — United Arab Emirates University, November 2014)

“Enforcing Non-US Court Judgments In The US Can Be Difficult” with Rodney F. Page in Law360.com (August 15, 2017)

«Sapin II ne nous concerne pas, n’est-ce pas ? » with Constantin Achillas in Les Echos.fr (August 30, 2017)

“Recent Court Decisions May Complicate the Enforcement of Non US Court Judgments in the United States” with Rodney F. Page in  Dispute Resolution International Vol. 12 N°1 (May 2018)

“CCPA et Cloud Act, Que faut-il retenir?” in actuEL Direction Juridique – Numérique (July 27, 2018)

“Déterminer la responsabilité du banquier face à l’Euro,” organized by Development Institute International – Paris – May 1998

“The Future of Governments: Who Controls Them?” organized by Forum 21 – Deauville, 2001

“Navigating the Challenges of Global Securities Enforcement,” organized by Dechert LLP – London, 2006

“Global Securities Enforcement and Litigation (France),” organized by Dechert LLP – New York, 2007

“Clash of the Titans: Whistle-blowing Hotlines and Personal Data Protection in the EU and US,” organized by MCLE London – London, 2007

“12 Hommes en Colère: A Comparison of US and French Criminal Law and the Rights of Criminal Defendants,” organized by the 9ème Forum des Droits Humains – Orléans, 2011

“De legibus vinorum: Wine in Ancient and Modern International Business Law,” Pacific McGeorge School of Law – Sacramento, February 2013

“Out of the Closet and into the Conference/Court Room: Elimination of Bias in the Profession – LGBT Issues,” organized by MCLE London – London, January 2014

“Same-Sex Marriage: Implications for US / EU Families,” organized by the International Section of The American Bar Association – New York, April 2014

“Beer and the Law: Beer as a Paradigm in International Business Law,” Pacific McGeorge School of Law CLE Program – Salzburg, July 2014

“Practical Problems in the Life of an International Dispute Resolution Lawyer,” Pacific McGeorge School of Law CLE Program – Salzburg, July 2014

“The Practice of Law in France: Ethical and Practical Considerations,” University of Missouri — Kansas City School of Law CLE Program – Paris, August 2014 and November 2016

“The Democratic Party of the United States: History, Structure, Policy,” Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires – Paris, October 2014

“Same Sex Marriages – Recognition in Different Jurisdictions,” The HNW Same Sex Family:  Going Global – AIJA/ABA Section on International Law – Brighton, April 2015

“Trade Secrets: EU Directive 2016/943,” organized by MCLE London – London, 2019

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