Joseph J. Ortego - Nixon Peabody LLP

Joseph J. Ortego

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 212-940-3045

Joseph Ortego is the Practice Group Co-Leader of Nixon Peabody’s Commercial Litigation Practice, as well as the chair of NP Trial®, an international team of the firm’s most successful and experienced trial lawyers. He represents major private and publicly traded companies and their executives, having tried over 100 cases to verdict in both federal and state courts throughout the country and has successfully represented clients before arbitration tribunals around the world.

What do you focus on?

With over thirty-five years of litigation and business experience, I help my clients, from Fortune 500 to startups, resolve their matters early, on their terms.

Commercial Litigation

My clients’ legal needs are as diverse as the industries they operate in. They want a lawyer who is familiar with all legal aspects of their industry. My clients call on me to defend them in complex litigation and class actions involving a broad range of issues, such as securities, shareholders’ and contract disputes, labor and employment and intellectual property, as well as handle regulatory and compliance issues particular to certain industries such as aviation, financial services, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage and insurance.

Products Liability

Recently, my team secured a unanimous jury verdict in El Paso, Texas, state court for global aviation manufacturer Eurocopter, S.A.S. and its Texas-based distributor, American Eurocopter Corporation. After a three-week trial, the twelve-member jury rejected the plaintiffs’ product defect theories against our clients and fully exonerated the Eurocopter product. Click here to read the full story.

I regularly represent clients in health effects litigation and recent successes include matters involving toxic tort, food and beverage, environmental, medical device and pharmaceutical litigation.


In addition to my wide-ranging litigation experience, I have extensive experience representing U.S. and international insurance and re-insurance clients. I have developed a deep understanding of the insurance industry through the multitude of diverse matters I have handled and serve as coverage counsel for several of the world’s largest insurers.

Class Actions

I routinely serve as national trial counsel for a number of clients who desire a consistent approach to class action and aggregate litigation matters in multiple state and federal courts.

Syracuse UniversityBA Boston University School of LawJ.D.

Office Location

437 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022-7039
United States

Practice Areas

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants