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Joseph D. Lipchitz

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Education

  • Suffolk University Law School (JD, magna cum laude, 1996)
  • Gettysburg College (BA, cum laude, 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Supreme Court

Joe is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience handling complex commercial cases including those involving trade secret theft, intra-corporate disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, and unfair and deceptive business practices. He also focuses his practice on representing and advising newspapers, publishers, and other media-related entities and individuals in defamation, invasion of privacy, and First Amendment matters.

Before joining the firm, Joe served as a military prosecutor in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he successfully tried numerous felony cases before both judges and juries.

Joe is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court and has litigated cases in federal and state courts across the country. Joe has also successfully handled numerous arbitrations and mediations.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a high-profile hedge fund manager, who had been sued for securities fraud under the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act as well as for unfair and deceptive trade practices. After a two-week trial, the jury found that the client had made no misrepresentation in connection with the offering of interests in a hedge fund. Shortly thereafter, the presiding judge of the Business Litigation Session found that the client had not engaged in any unfair and deceptive acts under the Massachusetts statute, which represented a complete vindication for the client.
  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement for a Massachusetts security software company that had brought an arbitration claim against a Fortune 100 company for breaching a complex software development agreement.
  • Obtained over a million-dollar verdict on behalf of AstraZeneca against its former CEO for fraud, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty. While defeating the CEO’s claims for defamation, Joe and his partners obtained a favorable appellate decision before the Supreme Judicial Court, which has now resulted in an $18 million judgment in favor of AstraZeneca. This was a significant victory for AstraZeneca both at the trial and appellate levels and has been recognized by former Chief Justice Margaret Marshall as one of her “notable decisions” under the category of free speech.
  • Successfully represented a group of individuals and nonprofit entities who had been sued by the Islamic Society of Boston for defamation and a “conspiracy to defame” arising from concerns about its leaders. After zealous discovery, the claims were dismissed for no consideration, no retractions, and no apologies.
  • Successfully defended a corporate president and his company against fraud allegations in a six-week bench trial in the Massachusetts Business Litigation Session while obtaining a multimillion-dollar judgment on his clients’ counterclaims for fraud and breach of contract, which was recognized as one of the top bench verdicts for 2005 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement for a former CEO and business owner who had sold his company to a publicly traded conglomerate that refused to pay certain post-closing price adjustments as required in the purchase and sale agreement.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Business Litigation (2011 – 2012, 2014 – 2016)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Business Litigation (2005 – 2008, 2010)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association’s Business Law Council
  • Arbitrator, Massachusetts Bar Association's Fee Dispute Resolution Board
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham