- J.D., University of Notre Dame, 2010, cum laude
- A.B., University of California, Davis, 2007, with honors
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
Joseph Barton is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Barton’s practice consists primarily of representing defense, healthcare, communication, and entertainment companies and non-profit organizations in federal criminal and civil False Claims Act cases. The subject matter of Mr. Barton’s cases has included falsification of quality inspections and test data, kickbacks and other forms of bribery, labor mischarging, misallocation of costs, misuse of funds, narcotics tampering, and up-coding and un-bundling. In defending these cases, Mr. Barton has interacted with agents from various federal agencies, including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Army Criminal Investigative Command, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service. Mr. Barton has responded to Inspector General as well as Grand Jury subpoenas, conducted over 500 witness interviews, prepared witnesses to give testimony, and made multiple evidentiary presentations to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Barton has also defended companies in disability access cases in both federal and California state court, e.g., lawsuits alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, California Disabled Persons Act, and California Unruh Act. In October 2014, Mr. Barton helped secure one of the first defense verdicts in California to find that a plaintiff was not a bona fide customer of the company he sued and therefore was not entitled to relief.
Outside the litigation context, Mr. Barton has implemented Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and global anti-corruption compliance programs for companies and non-profit organizations, e.g., preparing risk assessments, contract provisions, policies and procedures, and training materials. Mr. Barton has also advised companies and non-profit organizations on contracts with federal and state government entities, including intellectual property rights and ethical obligations.
While in law school, Mr. Barton interned for the California Department of Justice, Criminal Appeals Division and submitted appellate briefs to the California Courts of Appeal in eleven cases seeking to uphold convictions. Convictions were upheld in ten of the cases.
- "Chief Judge Kozinski’s Ninth Circuit Dissent in U.S. v. Olsen Offers Hope that Courts Will Keep Prosecutors Honest," Sheppard Mullin Government Contracts Law Blog, January 21, 2014
- "Look Out For OIG Inquiries Without Subpoena Warning Shot," Law360, October 25, 2013
- "Predicating False Claims Act Liability On False Cost Estimates May Impact Contractors' Willingness to Take On Projects Involving Next Generation Technologies," Sheppard Mullin Government Contracts Law Blog, October 24, 2012
- "Meaning Of FCPA's "Foreign Official" Causes Uncertainty For Companies Doing Business Abroad," Sheppard Mullin Latin American Law Blog, May 24, 2012
- "The Federal Government Takes Aim at Medicare Fraud," Sheppard Mullin Government Contracts Law Blog, May 14, 2012
- "FCPA: 2011 kicks off new era of anti-bribery enforcement," Daily Journal, December 22, 2011