Joseph N.Parsons (Joe)


Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.9590

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.


  • 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.
  • Speaking Engagements

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