Joseph N.Parsons (Joe)


Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.9590

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.


  • Experian secures victory in Ninth Circuit, allowing company to arbitrate caseExperian Information Solutions, Inc., represented by Jones Day, successfully persuaded the Ninth Circuit to send a putative class action to arbitration.
  • 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