Josephine M. Bahn


Washington, D.C.

(202) 280-6484

(202) 861-1905

Jo focuses her practice on commercial litigation and construction law. 

Prior to joining the firm, she was a senior attorney in the enforcement section of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). There, Jo focused on banking laws and regulations, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Federal Housing Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. She managed, investigated, and developed legal strategy for 10c enforcement litigation matters and investigations involving deceptive and unfair practices to consumers and fraud or other risk-related harm to FDIC insured institutions. She worked with the FDIC’s seven regional offices and examiners in the FDIC’s Division of Consumer Protection and Risk Management Supervision. She developed methods to streamline pleadings related to 10c investigations and other consumer related enforcement documents. Through the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), Jo provided advice to the FDIC chairman on diversity and inclusion concerns. She developed and implemented OMWI activities that addressed cultural diversity, differences, similarities, and contributions of the FDIC’s workforce. Prior to joining the enforcement section, she served as an honors attorney, detailed in 7, 12-week rotational placements within the FDIC Legal Division Section, including the Dallas and Chicago offices.

Before joining the FDIC, Jo served as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

Jo earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University. While earning her bachelor’s degree, she was an intern for the John Kluge Center for Research at the Library of Congress and an intern for Inese Vaidere, member of European Parliament (Latvia), European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Jo earned her law degree from New York Law School. While in law school, Jo was an intern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. and New York City and the Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri.

Outside of her legal practice, Jo is very involved in civic, charitable, bar, and community organizations.  She was recently named chair elect of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) and will serve as the national YLD chair for the 2022-23 bar year.



  • New York Law School, J.D., 2016
  • St. Joseph's University, B.A., 2013

Awards & Honors

The Daily Record, The VIP List Award, 2021

Washington Council of Lawyers, 2020 Government Pro Bono Award

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, On the Rise National Top 40 Under 40, 2020

The Daily Record, Leading Women Award, 2019

The Daily Record, Leadership in Law: Generation JD Award, 2018

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Star of the Quarter, 2017


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York

Honorable Joel H. Slomsky, U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Maryland Court of Appeals’ Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, Member, 2021-2024

District of Columbia Bar Association, Under 36 Representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, 2020-24; Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Member, 2020-22

Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Board of Directors, 2018-22; Young Lawyers Section, Chair, 2019-20; Chair-Elect, 2018-19

Maryland State Bar Association, Board of Governors Member, 2021-2023; Membership and Content Committee, Co-Chair, 2020-22; Young Lawyers Section, 2018-present

New York State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Member 2017-present, Treasurer, 2021-22; Secretary, 2020-21; House of Delegates, Delegate, 2020-2024

American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division: Chair, 2022-23, Chair Elect, 2021-22, Secretary, 2020-21, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono, Liaison, 2020-22, Co-Chair Women in the Profession Committee 2018-19; Section of Litigation: Membership & Marketing Committee, Member, 2018-21 (Chair 2019-20), Litigation News Editorial Board, Associate Editor, 2020-Present, Contributing Editor, 2017-20; Judicial Division: Lawyers Conference Executive Committee, 2018-Present; ABA Presidential Appointments Selection Committee, 2021-22; Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fundraising Committee: Member, 2017-20; Section of Legal Education & Admissions to the Bar, Council: Member, 2021-23, 2015-16, Young Lawyers Division Liaison 2021-2023; Law Student Division: Vice-Chair SBA, 2014-16

Washington Council of Lawyers, Member (2018-present)

Association of Junior Leagues International, Governance Committee (2020-22)

Junior League of Baltimore, Member (2017-present), Vice President of Community Impact (2020-21), Vice President of Fundraising (2019-20)

Montgomery County (MD) Commission on Veterans Affairs, Public Commissioner (2017-2023)

Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, Administrative Member, (2017-present)