November 2014 Alumni Highlight

Joseph G. Mack '01Joseph G. Mack (’01) has been involved with Pace since his time as an undergraduate at the Pace Pleasantville campus.  Joe received a full academic scholarship to attend Pace University, played on the Men’s Tennis Team, and graduated magna cum laude with a B.B.A. in Public Accounting in 1998.  He enjoyed his experience so much with Pace that he decided to pursue his studies in law at Pace Law School.

While at Pace Law School, Joe was a case note and comment editor with Pace Law Review and a Dean’s Scholar.  Joe also has another very significant connection to Pace – he met his wife (alumna Karyllan Dodson Mack (’03)) during his time at the Law School.  After graduating from Pace Law magna cum laude in 2001, Joe began his law career as an associate at White & Case, where he remained for a little over five years.  While at White & Case he focused on white-collar corporate defense work and also handled many pro bono matters.  Joe moved with the White & Case white-collar group to Linklaters. 

In May of 2007, Joe was selected by the now Governor Chris Christie to become an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey.  He began in the Violent Crimes Unit before moving to the Securities and Health Care Fraud Unit, and then ultimately to the Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in April of 2010. In July of 2013, Joe became the Deputy Chief of the Healthcare Fraud Unit.  He is responsible for supervising cases in a 16-attorney unit dedicated to the civil and criminal investigation and prosecution of health care fraud, fraud upon government programs and agencies, and environmental crimes.  Through these roles, Joe has gained significant trial experience in healthcare and violent crime matters.

In May 2014, Joe became the Acting Chief of the General Crimes Unit.  In this role, he supervises and trains 15 new prosecutors responsible for investigating and prosecuting various criminal offenses including violent crimes, narcotics, trafficking, and tax fraud.  Additionally, Joe frequently speaks on panels concerning healthcare fraud and corruption and was recently interviewed and quoted in USA Today’s front page article entitled “’Staggering’ Pain Claims in Brooklyn Stoke Suspicion”. 

Joe’s experience at the Law School was just as positive as his experience at Pace undergrad.  What he really enjoyed about his time at Pace Law School was the relatively small community feel.  Since graduating, Joe feels as though that small community feel has continued in the willingness of alumni to help one another.  Joe attributes much of his desire to become a prosecutor to his experience at Pace Law School with Carol Barry and the prosecutorial externship he did with the Yonkers District Attorney’s Office.

Joe currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Karyllan, and his daughter Ellyse.  In his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching basketball and tennis, and whenever possible, traveling to see relatives both here and in Ireland.