Joe joined his brothers, Michael and Paul, as a Member of the Firm in 1996. He brought with him the perspective of a plaintiff’s attorney, which proved a tremendous strength for defending the Firm’s clients in many pro-plaintiff venues in West Virginia. For the past fifteen years, his practice has been focused on defending clients in civil litigation.
He began practicing law in 1980 and has gained extensive experience as lead counsel in complex civil and criminal trials. His appellate practice has included appearances before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal for both the Fourth and Sixth Circuits. His trial experience qualified him to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1996.
The majority of the cases Joe has tried to verdict since 1985 have been personal injury, medical malpractice or employment-related claims. The Best Lawyers in America has recognized him in its publication in the Labor and Employment Law and Medical Malpractice Law specialties. He has been recognized by the West Virginia Bar Foundation for honorable service to the legal profession.
Joe has been active in local and state bar activities and has served as President of the Cabell County Bar, Chairman of the Young Lawyer’s Section of the West Virginia State Bar, the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors (two terms) and the West Virginia Bar Foundation.
He has been active in his community, frequently assuming leadership roles. He was elected to the Cabell County Board of Education three times and served as President of the Board of Education for eight of his twelve years in office.
Throughout his career, Joe has presented lectures and seminars regarding medical malpractice, litigation and trial practice. He has served on the faculty of Marshall University, teaching Criminal Procedure and Legal Research and Writing.
Joe is available for civil and criminal litigation, as well as all forms of alternative dispute resolution. He is licensed in West Virginia and Kentucky.