Joe is a seasoned litigator who learned to try cases in the earliest stages of his career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Lucas County, Ohio (1978-1981). For the last 35 years his practice has focused on contract law, most often involving claims under insurance contracts and acquisition/divestiture agreements. In the insurance context, he represents policyholders seeking recovery for many types of losses, including those arising from environmental, asbestos and product liabilities. He has represented policyholders in coverage litigation in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. His cases frequently involve issues surrounding the transfer of insurance rights in the sale of a business (e.g. Pilkington N. Am., Inc. v. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co., 112 Ohio St.3d 482, 861 N.E.2d 121 (2006)) and multi-jurisdictional disputes arising out of complicated historical corporate relationships (e.g. Continental Ins. Co. v. Honeywell Int'l, Inc., 406 N.J. Super. 156, 967 A.2d 315 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2009)).
He also has been trial counsel in a number of significant disputes arising out of acquisition/divestiture agreements. He is a frequent lecturer at prestigious gatherings, including meetings of the Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) National Conference and the ABA Section of Litigation Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar in Tucson, Arizona.
Joe is a member of the bar in Ohio and Florida and is a life fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation (the professional honorary for Ohio lawyers) and the American Bar Foundation (the national professional honorary). He is one of a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in Best Lawyers in America® for ten years or longer.