Joe Parsons defends clients against high-profile nationwide and statewide collective liability, class action, and unfair competition litigation. He has extensive experience in crafting, developing, and executing complex case strategy from discovery to dispositive motions to trial, including across jurisdictions and with joint defense groups.
Joe has represented and advised a wide range of clients in major litigation, including in the coatings, pharmaceutical, credit reporting, mortgage lending, and bottling industries. He has managed critical factual development and discovery efforts, briefed and argued motions, taken depositions, worked with expert witnesses, prepared witness testimony, mediated cases, and served as a key member of a trial team.
Joe's commitment to service extends 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 a coordinator 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 co-president of Pittsburgh Irish & Classic Theatre, 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 (2021-2023)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Mark R. Hornak, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania (2013-2014)