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  • J.D., 1981
    University of Virginia School of Law
    (Order of the Coif)
  • B.A., 1978
    Harvard College
    (magna cum laude)
  • 1981 to 1982 U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, Honorable A. David Mazzone

Savage, Joseph F
Joseph F SavageJr
Exchange Place
53 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

Joe Savage, a partner in Goodwin Procter's Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense Group, concentrates his practice on white collar criminal defense, governmental investigations work and complex civil litigation. His practice involves representing individuals and companies in a wide variety of fraud, false claims act, securities, health care, tax, public corruption, environmental and other investigations by federal, state and local law enforcement and government regulators, as well as representing companies and individuals in civil litigation, especially complex commercial disputes.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Mr. Savage is one of the most widely respected and accomplished trial lawyers in the nation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is annually recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Among his numerous civic contributions, Mr. Savage served on Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Task Force on Ethics Reform and is a founding board member and former chairman of the New England Innocence Project.


White Collar Criminal Defense

Mr. Savage has experience in litigating complex white collar criminal matters including fraud, false claims act, tax, securities, healthcare, RICO, health and safety act, money laundering and public corruption matters. He has tried approximately 50 cases in U.S. District Courts throughout the country. His representations include:

  • A medical device company in connection with allegations by U.S. Attorney, District of Kansas of off label marking resulting in a civil resolution.
  • A medical device company in the District of Massachusetts in connection with a criminal investigation of anti-kickback and sales and marketing violations resulting in a deferred prosecution and civil resolution.
  • A waste-to-energy plant in a Commonwealth of Massachusetts criminal investigation and false claims act case resulting in a civil settlement.
  • A major telecommunications provider in multiple false claims act, consumer protection and tax matters pursued by the Massachusetts Attorney General.

Civil Litigation

Mr. Savage has also handled sophisticated trade secret, Lanham Act, RICO, consumer fraud, business tort and other civil litigation, including multi-district class action litigation. His recent representations include:

  • A national medical accreditation organization in connection with civil rights and discrimination claims.
  • One of the world’s largest banks in connection with several different class actions alleging improper mortgage fees and charges.
  • One of the country’s premier financial services providers in connection with employment discrimination cases and ERISA class action suits.

Mr. Savage counsels clients on establishing compliance programs, especially in the high tech, biotech and healthcare fields.


Mr. Savage served on the Massachusetts Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform, and also was selected to serve on the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Preventing Wrongful Convictions. He is a founding board member and former chairman of the New England Innocence Project, former co-chairman of the ABA Science and Technology Committee, former chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Federal Bar Association, former co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.

Mr. Savage is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council of New York, as well as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a former Advisory Board member of the Boston Chapter of the American Constitution Society.


Mr. Savage is a frequent lecturer and the author of more than 75 articles on a variety of compliance, securities and white collar criminal matters. He is a member of the Board of Editors of both the White Collar Crime Reporter and Business Crimes Bulletin: Compliance and Litigation. Mr. Savage is the author of the “Trademark, Copyright and Intellectual Property Crime” chapter of White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses.


Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Savage was a partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in Boston, where he directed the group’s white collar crime and governmental investigations work. He was a federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, New York, West Virginia and Missouri.


Mr. Savage is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and West Virginia and before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, the Southern District of New York and the Southern District of West Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second and Fourth Circuits.


Mr. Savage has been featured in Boston Magazine: Top Ten Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Top 100 New England Super Lawyers, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and U.S. News-Best Lawyers (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense). He was also named 2007 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year, Frank J. Murray Inn of Court. He recently was named to the 2014 edition of Euromoney’s Expert Guides: White Collar Crime Lawyers as one of the leading white collar crime lawyers in the world.

While in law school, Mr. Savage was a member of the Virginia Law Review.