For more than two decades, Joe has represented many large manufacturers in litigation matters across the United States. Joe’s caseload primarily consists of matters that involve chemicals, petrochemicals, biotechnology, industrial, agricultural, commercial and consumer products, and pharmaceuticals.
Joe is routinely selected by Fortune 100 companies in these industries to prepare and try toxic tort, product liability, intellectual property, mass tort, class action and commercial cases. In addition, he has regularly acted as lead trial counsel for multiple-defendant joint defense groups in some of the nation’s most difficult jurisdictions, including Cook, St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois and in the City of St. Louis, Mo.
Further, Joe serves as national coordinating counsel and regional trial counsel for a number of chemical, petrochemical and product manufacturers and technology companies. He has significant experience in mass tort cases, including the defense of class actions involving allegations of groundwater contamination and air emissions, as well as class action matters involving consumer products. Two of his long-term roles include:
As leader of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation business unit, Joe directs a team of more than 100 lawyers who solve problems and deliver value for manufacturing, technology and transportation companies. He is active in various manufacturing, legal and agribusiness industry associations, such as the National Association of Manufacturers, the Defense Research Institute and the American Seed Trade Association. He is a frequent speaker on topics relating to trial tactics, product liability and toxic tort litigation and pretrial discovery techniques. He also is a member of the firm’s Partner Board.