Joel writes and speaks on contemporary and controversial legal issues. Prior to TalksOnLaw, Joel worked at Skadden Arps, where his practice focused on cross-border transactions, corporate strategy, and mergers & acquisitions. A student of public speaking and policy, Joel has worked as a speechwriter and strategist both in the US government and within the UK parliament. Joel also has a passion for the environment, and was appointed by the Government of Argentina as an economist on international environmental matters. Born in North Carolina, Joel has multiple degrees from Duke University and was honored to be a Reynolds Scholar at Wake Forest. Joel enjoys travel for work or play and speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, and enough Chinese to get himself into trouble.