Joshua Ferrentino

A former federal prosecutor, Josh is an experienced trial lawyer who represents corporations and individuals in white-collar criminal matters, government and internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.

Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Josh was an Assistant United States Attorney in Seattle and Baltimore. During his more than four years as a federal prosecutor, he represented the government in court at all stages of the federal criminal process, including wiretap and grand jury investigations, multiple jury trials, and appeals to the Fourth and Ninth Circuits.

Josh began his legal career at WilmerHale in Washington, DC. His practice was nationwide in scope and focused on representing clients in government investigations, federal criminal litigation, and related administrative proceedings. Josh defended individuals and corporations in cases involving alleged violations of the federal securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. While at WilmerHale, Washington DC Super Lawyers named Josh a “Rising Star” in the category of White-Collar Criminal Defense.

Featured Cases

Prosecuted Washington methamphetamine trafficker at jury trial ending in guilty verdict.

Obtained guilty plea of Seattle credit union employee for embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from member accounts.

Obtained guilty verdict against violent felon at jury trial for firearms and obstruction of justice charges.

Prosecuted drug trafficking case involving maritime smuggling of cocaine and methamphetamine worth millions of dollars from Washington to British Columbia.

Prosecuted eleven defendants following multi-line wiretap investigation into smuggling of heroin from Guatemala.

Prosecuted death-penalty eligible murder-for-hire conspiracy in Baltimore.

Investigated and prosecuted violent robbery spree in Baltimore and suburbs involving 20 separate incidents.

Defended corporate executive at contested sentencing for strict-liability misdemeanor violation of federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and in administrative exclusion proceedings before Department of Health and Human Services.

Represented global software company in successful defense of trade secret misappropriation and commercial disparagement claims in Maryland state court.

Represented global software company in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation by Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission involving alleged bribery of Chinese government officials.

Defended investment bank in securities fraud lawsuit by teachers’ pension fund.

Represented health care technology company in grand jury inquiry and related audit committee investigation of alleged kickback scheme; no charges filed.

Advised industrial conglomerate in cooperating with FBI investigation into scheme by employee to illegally export sensitive technology.

Assisted investment advisory firm in internal investigation into employee misconduct.

Represented former employee of defense contractor in federal criminal investigation of alleged contracting fraud; no charges filed.

Represented software engineering executive of government contractor in federal criminal investigation of alleged contracting fraud; no charges filed.


Education / Background

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2008

B.S., Cornell University, 2003

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Seattle, WA 98154

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