Joseph D. Edmondson

Associate General Counsel

Joseph D. Edmondson

Associate General Counsel

Joseph D. Edmondson, Jr. is associate general counsel with Foley & Lardner, LLP.  In his role as associate general counsel, Joe advises Foley and its lawyers with respect to a wide variety of compliance, ethics, professional responsibility, and litigation issues.

Joe was previously a practicing attorney with Foley for over three decades, including over 20 years as a partner in Foley’s Litigation Department. His experience includes securities litigation, government and regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, professional liability defense and counseling, and general commercial litigation. He had represented clients in well over 100 arbitrations and mediations, in the areas of securities, commercial and professional liability. As associate general counsel, Joe no longer is a regular service provider to external clients, except in pro bono matters.

Prior to taking on this role, Joe served as a professional responsibility partner within Foley for a decade, and has also served as a member of the Firm’s audit letter, recruiting, and Washington, DC pro bono committees.

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Litigation and Business Law Sections, American Bar Association (Securities Litigation, Pro Bono, and Professional Liability Committees of the ABA Litigation Section)
  • Member, Litigation Community, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation Section, Maryland Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Community Engagement

Joe has served as a member of the board of directors of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for nearly a decade, and has been a regular volunteer and contributor to Committee pro bono matters over his entire career. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (, and serves as its vice president for used clothing, having chaired its annual city-wide law firm used clothing drive for the past fifteen years and currently.


Joe received both his law and undergraduate degrees from the George Washington University (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa,1988; J.D., with honors,1991). He served as an associate editor of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics.


Joseph is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia before the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland and the District of Columbia, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.

1 December 2021 - 30 November 2022 Events

Foley Sponsors Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Program

31 August 2018 Article

A Look At SEC Enforcement Against Unregistered Finders

One of the hallmarks of the modern American entrepreneurial economy is the relative ease with which new businesses can be formed and raise capital.
14 June 2018 Press Releases

Foley Attorneys Named American Bar Foundation Fellows

Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that three partners were named Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in the last year.
01 April 2018 Article

Ten Questions Law Firms Should Be Asking Themselves About Their Client Files

The January acquisition of document scanning giant IO Data Centers by Iron Mountain, only serves to underscore that the struggle to manage the information sent, received and generated in the practice of law has evolved rapidly and continues to do so.
14 March 2018 Newsletters

Multiple Cases Filed Alleging VIX Manipulation By Traders

On Friday, March 9, Atlantic Trading USA LLC (Atlantic) filed a class action complaint in Chicago federal court against numerous unnamed trading firms, alleging manipulation of the Chicago Board Options Volatility Index (VIX).
31 January 2018 Events

FINRA's Examination Findings & Priorities

Please join Foley attorneys Dean Jeske, Allison Charney, and Joe Edmondson for an in-depth webinar that takes a closer look at the following FINRA's recently issued report on Examination Findings, as well as its 2018 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter.