Corporate executives at chemical and petroleum companies turn to Joe for advocacy and advice on issues of liability, especially in multiple-party environmental litigation and dispute resolution. Joe, a member of the Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, creatively pursues responsible parties under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and twice won cases against the United States on the useful product defense. His firsthand experience in the industry began during school, when he loaded chemical trailers and performed maintenance duties for two manufacturers in St. Louis, Mo. He also worked in the law department of Monsanto for 12 years before developing an environmental department at a major St. Louis law firm.
His legal victories in the industry include:
Described by his peers in Chambers USA as a “real fighter, a bulldog litigator (and) the attorney of choice for some of the toughest cases nationally,” Joe has litigated in pipeline accidents, environmental criminal prosecutions, and disputes over high-rise office building fires and nature preserves. He achieved favorable results in one of the largest CERCLA cases in the country involving the spinoff of nearly 1,000 parcels of former railroad property.