Joseph A. Tillman is a founding member of 1844, a group of black male lawyers at New York City’s large law firms; the group’s name is in reference to the year that the first black person, Macon Bolling Allen, was admitted to practice law in America. In addition to his work with 1844, Joseph currently serves as Associate General Counsel to The Raine Group (“Raine”), a global merchant bank focused exclusively on technology, media, and telecommunications. At Raine, Joseph is involved in all aspects of the legal department with a primary focus on private fund matters.
Prior to transitioning to Raine, he was an associate in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, representing clients with respect to various corporate law and regulatory matters with a focus on the private equity industry. Mr. Tillman also served on Gibson Dunn’s Diversity Committee as well as the Firm-wide Hiring Committee.
Joseph earned his J.D. in 2012 from the New York University School of Law, where he served as a Senior Executive Editor on the N.Y.U. Law Review and as the Vice-Chair for the Black Allied Law Students Association. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from California State University San Bernardino in 2008, where he graduated with honors. He is the author of “Beyond the Crisis: Dodd-Frank and Private Equity,” 87 New York University Law Review 1602 (2012). Mr. Tillman is also one of the founding members of the Brooklyn Tabernacle College Prep Ministry. The purpose of the ministry is to serve families in the Brooklyn Tabernacle congregation by providing them with information and supplemental academic resources designed to empower youth at the church with the tools for success in the college admissions process. Joseph is also on the Board of, and currently serves as counsel to, Pipeline to Practice, Inc., and is a former member of the City Bar’s Diversity Pipeline Initiatives Committee. Joseph currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife, Serena.