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.
- 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 "Ones to Watch" for commercial litigation (2021)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Mark R. Hornak, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania (2013-2014)