Joseph S. Ferretti

Special Counsel

  • Joseph S. Ferretti
  • Phone: +1 202 776 7863
    Fax: +1 202 478 2811

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    505 9th Street, N.W., Suite 1000
    Washington, DC 20004-2166

Joseph S. Ferretti practices in the areas of complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on business litigation, banking and finance litigation, and eminent domain litigation. Mr. Ferretti has guided individuals and businesses of all sizes through matters involving commercial disputes, business torts, lending litigation, eminent domain, administrative enforcement, professional negligence, premises liability, products liability, construction and general civil litigation. He has served as both trial and appellate counsel, and he has defended and brought suit in federal and state courts around the country.

Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Oregon, Mr. Ferretti is a 2002 cum laude graduate of American University, Washington College of Law, and a magna cum laude graduate of Drew University. Mr. Ferretti served as a law clerk on the complex civil litigation docket for the Honorable Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Civil and Administrative Litigation
  • Business Litigation

  • Banking and Finance Litigation

  • Eminent Domain

Representative Matters

  • Represented various commercial land developers in obtaining just compensation for multi-million dollar land parcels taken by federal and state government agencies. In most cases, developers obtain millions of dollars more than the government’s original purchase offer.
  • Defended the home-loan division of a major national bank in an enforcement proceeding brought by a local government to enforce an administrative order directing the bank to comply with a notice of building code violation for a bank-owned residential property.
  • Defended a mortgage servicer in a class action lawsuit brought by mortgagors claiming various violations of federal laws. Obtained a dismissal on a motion to dismiss.
  • Represented the home-loan division of a major national bank in a dispute with a borrower over an alleged violation of the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act.
  • Represented the home-loan division of a major national bank to maintain its lien interest in a lawsuit brought by a borrower against the borrower's homeowners' association for wrongful foreclosure on the basis of the borrower's failure to pay homeowners' association fees.
  • Defended a major national bank in a lawsuit brought by a former customer claiming the bank wrongfully closed the customer's bank account.
  • Represented the home-loan division of a major national bank in multiple residential foreclosure matters involving defaults on complex construction loans in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
  • Assisted in the representation of a foreign bank as a relief defendant in a civil matter brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission to recover proceeds of alleged illegal activity by bank customers.
  • Assisted in the representation of an independent federal government agency in an administrative enforcement proceeding brought against former executives of a financial organization monitored by the agency. The agency sought to impose civil monetary penalties and recover restitution from the respondents on the basis of their unsafe and unsound accounting manipulations and business practices.
  • Assisted in the representation of the chief executive officer of a small publicly traded corporation in a Securities and Exchange Commission interview relating the company's issuance of allegedly back-dated stock options.
  • Assisted in the representation of a former White House staff member in a deposition taken by a U.S. House of Representatives sub-committee. The deposition was part of an extensive investigation into allegedly improper influence by lobbyists on White House staff.
  • Assisted in the representation of the corporate general counsel of a publicly traded corporation in post-trial motions for judgment of acquittal and/or new trial in a case brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania asserting four counts relating to insider trading. The court granted judgment of acquittal on three of the four counts.
  • Assisted in the representation of a financial consultant in a post-plea sentencing for securities fraud relating to a pump-and-dump scheme.
  • Represented a church in a dispute with its denomination over title to personal and real property after the church withdrew from the denomination.
  • Represented a major construction company in protecting its confidential bid documents from production by a local government agency to a competitor under local freedom of information laws.
  • Defended a major construction company in a multimillion-dollar suit brought by a severely injured employee of an electrical subcontractor.
  • Defended a mall operator in a wrongful death action brought by the parents of a child who was murdered by a third-party assailant on mall property.
  • Represented a commercial lessor in a contract dispute that arose after a lessee reneged on a major lease and project management agreement. The case involved a substantial monetary investment by the lessor. The matter was resolved shortly after we filed a multiple-count complaint.
  • Represented an insurance broker who was facing debarment by the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Following investigation, reached administrative settlement agreement pursuant to which the Ex-Im Bank terminated the broker’s suspension, withdrew the debarment proceedings against him and allowed him to resume brokering Ex-Im policies with minimal restrictions.


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002
  • Drew University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999


  • Duane Morris LLP

    • Special Counsel, 2018-present
    • Associate, 2007-2017
  • Jordan Coyne & Savits, L.L.P.

    • Associate, 2004-2007
  • Superior Court of the District of Columbia

    • Law Clerk, The Honorable Herbert B. Dixon, Jr., 2003-2004

Professional Activities

  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Bar Litigation Section
  • Maryland State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers' Rising Stars, 2014-2017

Selected Publications

  • Co-author, "The Freedom of Information Act: A Refresher and Primer for the Construction Lawyer," The Construction Lawyer, Winter 2011