Joseph N.Parsons (Joe)


Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.9590

Joe Parsons is a litigator with experience in complex commercial disputes and product liability matters. He has represented companies in cases involving claims for breach of contract, negligence, duty to warn, public nuisance, unfair business competition, false advertising, and misappropriation of trade secrets. He has experience on jury trial teams in federal court and has taken fact and expert depositions; assisted with national case management; drafted numerous motions and briefs at the trial and appellate levels; worked with expert witnesses in economics, environmental health science, risk assessment, chemistry, warnings, health care, geology, and orthopedics; and prepared fact and expert witnesses for deposition and trial testimony.

Joe is currently involved in defending The Sherwin-Williams Company in nationwide litigation brought by government entities and private plaintiffs, including numerous individual plaintiff cases in Wisconsin and public nuisance lawsuits brought by Pennsylvania counties. Joe has also represented several major companies in complex nationwide class action matters and has assisted with representing Pittsburgh's leading health care system in several highly publicized commercial disputes.

As part of the Firm's innovative Laredo Project, Joe is currently representing a client with a claim for immigration relief. He also has represented a client in an Eighth Amendment excessive force case.

Joe serves on the board of directors of Pittsburgh Irish & Classic Theatre and The Never Retreat Foundation, is a member of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania Bridges Society Committee and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Children's Trust, and is president of the American Constitution Society's Pittsburgh Lawyer Chapter.


  • 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.
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