Joe is a versatile litigator with extensive trial and appellate experience. He handles a broad range of complex matters, including product liability defense, insurance coverage disputes, and complex commercial and bankruptcy-associated litigation. Joe is particularly known for his experience representing pharmaceutical and biotechnology product manufacturers in product liability cases filed throughout the United States, and in related litigation management and counseling. He co-chairs the firm’s Product Liability & Complex Tort Litigation Practice, as well as an interdisciplinary working group focused on the legal and policy implications of emerging artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics technologies.
Joe has extensive experience in complex civil litigation and he has tried numerous disputes to jury verdict or judicial decision. Over the course of a career that spans more than three decades, Joe has tried cases on behalf of Johnson & Johnson, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Eagle-Picher Industries, Fisher-Price Toys, Cummins Engines, Hollingsworth and Vose Co., and Exxon Corporation, among others. He has represented Georgia-Pacific Corp., General Electric Co., and Johnson & Johnson, among others. Joe has served in the role of both national and regional counsel for products liability matters and recently obtained a series of important, precedent-setting summary judgment rulings in multi-state litigation involving the multiple sclerosis medication Tysabri® (natalizumab). Joe also conducts products liability risk assessments for pharmaceutical, , life sciences and industrial companies on new and existing products, including reviewing potential risk factors arising out of the use of new and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), AI-influenced robotics and software as a medical device.
His trial experience in insurance coverage litigation includes winning each of the three cases that he has tried to verdict in multimillion-dollar comprehensive coverage actions. In addition to his trial experience, Joe has extensive experience representing clients in ADR proceedings, including numerous mediations and arbitrations.
Joe has also argued numerous appeals in both state and federal courts. He has appeared on behalf of clients pro hac vice in many states. He is a member of the bars of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the United States District Court (Massachusetts), and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, and Third Circuits.
Joe has testified before the Massachusetts Legislature on important pieces of legislation impacting product manufacturers and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
While at the George Washington University School of Law, Joe was an editor of the law review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
- George Washington University (JD)
- Boston College (BA)
- National counsel to a major bio-pharmaceutical corporation on national products liability litigation involving its biologic pharmaceutical products.
- Represented a European-based publicly traded pharmaceutical company as coordinating counsel in multi-jurisdictional product liability disputes involving an FDA-regulated pharmaceutical drug.
- Defended a dental product manufacturer in a products liability action involving the alleged failure of its products and resulting injuries. Obtained defense verdict after trial on the merits.
- Represented a large diversified manufacturing, mining and electronics defense and space industries company supporting the construction, in a comprehensive asbestos insurance coverage dispute involving the company’s historic asbestos related liabilities and hundreds of millions of dollars.
- Represented a designer and erector of electric power plants in a comprehensive insurance coverage action, including excess insurance issues, relating to thousands of asbestos related liability claims arising out of the company’s operations over many decades.
- Advised a biotechnology diagnostics company in connection with the discovery of errors in certain marketed generic tests.
- Represented a specialty paper manufacturer in a comprehensive insurance coverage action, including excess insurance issues, involving coverage for asbestos related liabilities arising out of the company’s sale in the early 1950’s of asbestos containing paper used in certain cigarette filters.
- Assist the firm’s transactional lawyers in due diligence involving product liability risk.
Recognition & Awards
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Personal Injury - Products: Defense (2004 – 2020)
- Benchmark Litigation: Litigation Star (2020 – 2021)
- Best Lawyers in America: Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2012 – 2022)
- International Law Office and Lexology: “Client Choice Award” – Product Regulation & Liability, Massachusetts (2013 – 2015)
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent, AV Preeminent-Judicial Edition
- Order of the Coif
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Chair, Board of Directors, New England Legal Foundation (NELF) (2016-2018)
- Member, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
- Member, Fellows of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation
- Member, American Bar Association (ABA) Products Liability Committee
- Member, ABA Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Subcommittee
- Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
- Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- Faculty member, 2010 IADC Trial Academy
- Member, Boston Chapter of the American Inns of Court
- Past Vice chair, Board of Directors, New England Legal Foundation (NELF)
- Past co-chair, Law and Policy Committee of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Industry Council
- Past Board member, George Washington University Law Alumni Association