Joseph L. Zales represents global financial institutions, public companies, and senior executives in high-risk government and internal investigations and complex litigation. In particular, he defends clients in regulatory enforcement actions, white-collar criminal matters, and securities and shareholder litigation. Mr. Zales has experience counseling clients facing investigations before the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as well as other domestic and international authorities.
Mr. Zales is an Associate in King & Spalding’s Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group, which has twice been recognized by Law360 as “White-Collar Group of the Year” and has been described as “the premier firm in this practice area” by the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” survey.
Mr. Zales earned his J.D. (magna cum laude) from Notre Dame Law School in 2016, where he served as Notes Editor of the Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law, and as Selection Chair on the Notre Dame Moot Court Board. During law school, Mr. Zales briefed and argued a habeas petition before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and participated in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Summer Honors Program. Mr. Zales received his B.A. (cum laude) in Political Science from Villanova University in 2011. Prior to attending law school, he was employed with Morgan Stanley in New York.