Ratio decidendi is a Latin phrase referring to the "rationale for the decision." In the common law system, the law is not so much a set of rules as a series of decisions made by courts. When a lawyer seeks to understand what the law is, they will study court opinions written by judges to find out what the court's ratio decidendi was in each case.
Joseph F. Hennessey is a civil and criminal trial lawyer and veteran investigator who serves frequently as a panel member at statewide MCLE seminars. Joe has tremendous white-collar investigative experience as a former Senior Global Investigator for a Fortune 500 Company, where he directed internal investigations and corporate compliance programs at 220 worldwide corporate offices, often working in tandem with the FBI and Irish Garda. His areas of expertise included multi-million dollar conversions and embezzlement, cybercrime and computer fraud, industrial espionage and theft of trade secrets.
Prior to practicing law, Joe served in law enforcement for over two decades, and as a detective, Joe excelled in investigating financial crimes, including bank fraud cases. His multi-year investigation into a Lynn, Massachusetts man resulted in high-profile convictions in a multi-million dollar bank fraud scheme spanning across 15 states.
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