Joe Parsons defends clients against nationwide and statewide collective liability and class action litigation. He has coordinated strategy and fact development across cases and jurisdictions, at every stage of litigation, from discovery to dispositive motions to trial.
Joe has played a key role in defending The Sherwin-Williams Company in nationwide products liability and public nuisance litigation. He has taken fact and expert depositions in those cases and worked directly with expert witnesses, in addition to serving as lead associate on a federal jury trial team and coordinating case strategy with joint defense groups. Joe has successfully mediated cases and argued motions for a major credit reporting agency and defended that client in class action litigation. He has also successfully defended a national mortgage lender in cases alleging trade secret misappropriation and various unfair competition claims, including taking key fact depositions. Joe was recently lead associate on a team that obtained denial of class certification in a Lanham Act case against a national bottling company.
Joe's commitment to service extends to pro bono matters and the Pittsburgh community. As part of the Firm's Border Project, he represents a client with a claim for asylum. Joe is co-president of Pittsburgh Irish & Classic Theatre and a board member of The Never Retreat Foundation, a member of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania Bridges Society Committee and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Children's Trust, and president of the American Constitution Society's Pittsburgh Lawyer Chapter.
- June 17, 2020
Moderator, Practical Voting Rights Issues for 2020: Using the Pennsylvania Primary to Look Ahead to November
- University of Pittsburgh (J.D. magna cum laude 2013; Civil Litigation Certificate; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review; Law School Trial Advocacy Award; Top Ten Advocate Award, 2012 Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot); The George Washington University (B.A. in International Affairs cum laude 2010)
- Pennsylvania, U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania and Eastern District of Wisconsin, and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits
- Selected by The Best Lawyers in America as "One to Watch" for commercial litigation (2021 and 2022)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Mark R. Hornak, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania (2013-2014)