Joe has been recognized by Chambers USA for Litigation (Band 3): General Commercial (District of Columbia), 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Chambers USA has described him as “meticulous in meeting client expectations” (2010), and as “very responsive, innovative, and tactical in his strategy” (2011). Chambers USA 2012 noted that Joe “consistently provides practical and workable advice where there is a risk of litigation and resolves disputes quickly and efficiently when it is possible to do so.” Further, he is “an experienced litigator who is able to represent a company’s interests while also remaining sensitive to business factors and resolutions.” According to Chambers USA 2013, Joe is “hard-working, insightful, organized and very good at executing a strategy.” A “highly regarded” litigator (Chambers USA 2014), he has been “praised by clients for his ability to ‘take the time to understand our business and our interests.’” Chambers USA 2013
He has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute. And he was named to Super Lawyers Washington, DC 2014.
His trial experience includes: a jury trial in the Eastern District of Virginia “Rocket Docket” between competitors in the student loan industry; a patent infringement jury trial in New Jersey concerning memory chips, which was named to the National Law Journal’s 2007 Defense Hot List; a customs fraud jury trial in the Court of International Trade concerning rebates for imported surgical instruments; a major antitrust suit in Iowa involving high fructose corn syrup; and a complex corporate tax case in the US Tax Court regarding depreciation of equipment in the steel industry. Joe’s experience also includes an employment discrimination jury trial in the Southern District of New York; a partnership fraud and accounting trial in Roanoke, Virginia; and a breach of fiduciary duty/legal malpractice trial in Fairfax, Virginia.
Prior to entering private practice, Joe clerked first for the Hon. Phil M. McNagny, Jr., of the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and then for the Hon. Paul C. Weick, of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He practiced on Wall Street before moving to Washington.
Joe has spoken before the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) on such topics as expert witnesses, litigation management, and the defense of major cases in the Eastern District of Virginia; before the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Council of Higher Education Loan Resources (NCHER) on topics including electronic discovery and legal ethics; before the Corporate Counsel Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation; at the ABA TIPS 2013 Spring Meeting on ethics issues concerning expert witnesses; before the New York branch of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) on tuition clawbacks; and at the American Conference Institute's National Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions and Litigation. He organized and moderated a program on mediation for the DC Bar. He has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and has lectured on civil trials for the Institute for US Law. Joe also co-chairs the Washington office Pro Bono Committee.
Joe is admitted to practice before the US Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Eleventh, DC and Federal Circuits; the US District Courts for the District of Columbia, District of Maryland, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Southern District of Texas; and the US Tax Court.