Joseph N.Parsons (Joe)


Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.9590

Joe Parsons defends clients against high-profile collective liability, class action, and unfair competition litigation. Joe has first-chair experience and regularly develops and executes complex case strategy from discovery to dispositive motions to trial, including across jurisdictions and with joint defense groups.

Joe has developed particular experience in defending product manufacturers against nationwide public nuisance litigation. He also leads the defense of significant individual and putative class action matters against a major credit reporting agency. Joe defends clients in cases seeking injunctive relief relating to allegations of trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference, violation of noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, and other related business torts. He was also a key member of a defense team that obtained denial of class certification in a first-of-its-kind Lanham Act indirect competitor putative class action lawsuit brought against a major bottling company.

Joe devotes significant time and effort to pro bono matters and the Pittsburgh community. As part of the Firm's Border Project, he is representing a client with a claim for asylum. He serves as program coordinator for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania's Pro Se Pro Bono Mediation Program and sits on the Allegheny County Bar Association's Federal Courts Section Council. Joe is also president of the board of directors of Pittsburgh International Classic Theatre and president of the American Constitution Society's Pittsburgh Lawyer Chapter.


  • Former incarcerated person obtains significant settlement relief after indifference to medical needsJones Day successfully represented a formerly incarcerated individual against the United States in an action alleging civil rights violations relating to an incident that took place at the Federal Correctional Institute at Loretto in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
  • Experian secures victory in Ninth Circuit, allowing company to arbitrate caseExperian Information Solutions, Inc., represented by Jones Day, successfully persuaded the Ninth Circuit to send a putative class action to arbitration.
  • Sherwin-Williams obtains favorable decision from Seventh Circuit in personal injury casesA Jones Day cross-office, cross-practice team obtained a precedential decision from the Seventh Circuit that directed judgment as a matter of law for The Sherwin-Williams Company following a consolidated trial of three personal injury plaintiffs claiming injury from their exposure to white lead carbonate pigments (WLC).
  • Bottler defeats class certification in Lanham Act lawsuit alleging false labeling and disparagement by indirect competitorJones Day has obtained denial of class certification in a first-of-its-kind Lanham Act indirect competitor putative class action lawsuit brought against a bottler.
  • Founding owner of professional sports team successfully represented in multibillion dollar ownership valuation disputeJones Day successfully represented a founding owner of professional sports team in a multibillion dollar ownership valuation dispute, recovering 100% of the claim at issue.
  • UPMC defends lawsuit seeking to recoup $300 million in oncology reimbursement paymentsJones Day is defending the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) against a lawsuit filed by Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer Highmark Inc. in September 2014 against UPMC and its subsidiary hospitals seeking to recoup $300 million in past oncology reimbursements.
  • Experian resolves putative class action alleging violations of Fair Credit Reporting ActJones Day successfully represented Experian Information Solutions, Inc. in a putative class action brought by a consumer in the Eastern District of New York alleging that Experian and other credit reporting agencies generated false credit reports regarding charged-off accounts.
  • UPMC arbitrates rate increase and resolves dispute over continuity of care servicesJones Day represented the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in two last-best-offer, baseball-style arbitrations with Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurer Highmark Inc.
  • Additional Speaking Engagements

    • June 17, 2020
      Moderator, Practical Voting Rights Issues for 2020: Using the Pennsylvania Primary to Look Ahead to November