• U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • California Bar


University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), JD (2001)

University of California, Berkeley (Haas School of Business), MBA (2001)

Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science (1994), cum laude

Honors & Awards

  • Attorney of the Year (Antitrust), California Lawyer (2010)
  • Department of Justice Director’s Award, Superior Performance by an Assistant U.S. Attorney (2018)
  • Appellate Excellence (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona) (2013)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Prosecutorial Excellence (2015, 2016)

Joseph Alioto is a partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy where he focuses on antitrust, securities, False Claims Act, and contract cases.  Joe will also be the heading up the firm’s San Francisco office, expected to open in Spring 2019.

Before coming to CPM, Joe served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for seven years, prosecuting complex racketeering conspiracies, murder, public corruption, fraud, firearms and drug cases.  He has represented the United States in 8 federal jury trials, worked on over 250 cases, appeared in federal court 500+ times, and has examined hundreds of witnesses at trial, in grand jury, or in evidentiary hearings before the Court.  As a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force, Joe was the lead prosecutor in a 4-month jury trial against the top-ranking leadership of a nationwide prison gang in 2016, convicting them of racketeering conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, arson, and other crimes. The following year, Joe secured substantial prison sentences for 4 members of an Oakland street gang that shot and beat a police officer.  As part of an ongoing Asian organized crime probe in 2018, Joe investigated, charged and convicted a corrupt police officer.  (A Police Legend Falls: Oakland Chinatown Gang Expert Admits Taking Bribes, San Jose Mercury News (Oct. 11, 2018).)  In 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice recognized Joe with one of its most prestigious honors, the Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Criminal AUSA.

For almost ten years before he was a federal prosecutor, Joe litigated antitrust cases on behalf of private plaintiffs.  In 2010, he briefed, argued and won a unanimous reversal before the Supreme Court of California in Clayworth v. Pfizer, 49 Cal.4th 758 (2010).  Joe has argued and/or briefed antitrust appeals before the Sixth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits.  In 2011, California Lawyer magazine named him Attorney of the Year in antitrust law.  Representing the interests of independent businesses and consumers, Joe has fought major pharmaceutical companies, foreign and domestic airlines, major freight railroads, and beverage giants like InBev and Anheuser Busch.

Joe received his law degree in 2001 from U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) while also earning his MBA from U.C Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  He earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Georgetown University in 1994.

In addition to his other awards, Joe has been recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his “prosecutorial excellence” and by the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office for his excellence in appellate advocacy.  In 2010 and 2011, Super Lawyer named Joe a “Rising Star” (top 2.5% of Northern California antitrust lawyers under the age of 40).