Joe is an associate in the Providence Office of Edwards Wildman, and has extensive experience in areas of antitrust, environmental, and general commercial litigation.
- Joe specializes in advising clients on compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 ahead of mergers, buy-outs, and other transactions
- Joe routinely advises clients on substantive merger analyses and has worked on high-profile transactions, including an $8 billion merger of pharmaceutical companies, and several transactions in other industries including cosmetics, gaming, biomedical, telecommunications, healthcare, and construction materials
- Joe advises clients in connection with investigations by the FTC and DOJ of potential violations of antitrust law
- Joe advises pharmaceutical clients on various antitrust issues involving drug patent litigation settlements
- Joe advises clients on compliance with substantive antitrust law concerning issues such as product distribution, discounts, bundling, tying arrangements
- Joe represents clients in antitrust litigation, and represented a major bank in In re Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation
- Joe has represented a top New England educational institution against claims under CERCLA and under the Massachusetts CERCLA equivalent arising from allegations concerning the institution’s historical waste disposal practices
- Joe represents clients in the defense of allegations of Clean Air Act violations brought by U.S. EPA
- Joe advises clients on distribution-related matters and compliance with individual state environmental laws, such as laws concerning the distribution, sale and disposal of batteries containing mercury
- Joe represents clients in connection with claims of common law nuisance and trespass claims, as well as state statutory law concerning releases of petroleum and other chemicals
- Joe advises clients on conforming “green marketing” advertising practices with the FTC’s “Green Guides” in order to avoid claims of unfair and deceptive trade practices
- Joe currently assists in the Firm's ongoing defense of an international accounting firm against investor suits arising out of funds that invested with Bernard Madoff, involving both federal securities and state common law issues
- Ongoing representation of a top-five national lending and servicing institution in defense of various types of mortgage foreclosure lawsuits brought by borrowers in state and federal courts across New England
- Joe has represented clients in major construction-related cases involving breach of contract, breach of warranty, and negligent construction claims, including one that involved the construction of an articulated tug-barge at a Rhode Island shipyard and another involving claims of a Condominium Association brought against the condominium developer
Joe was selected for inclusion in the 2011 and 2012 New England Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications
- "United States Federal Trade Commission Chapter," co-author, an extract from the 2012 Handbook of Competition Enforcement Agencies - a Global Competition Review special report.
- "Antitrust And The BCS (Big Crooked System)," co-author, Competition Law360, February 19, 2009.
- "Don't Let Your Antitrust Guard Down: Non-Reportable Transactions May Be Scrutinized," co-author, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Client Advisory, February 2009.
- "Antitrust Posture of the 2008 Presidential Candidates," co-author, Competition Law 360, October 24, 2008.
- "Court Raises Bar on Antitrust Complaints," co-author, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Client Advisory, May 23, 2007.
- "Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission: Getting a Grip on Slippery Fisheries Management," author, 11 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 231 (2005), cited with approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
- "Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission: Getting a Grip on Slippery Fisheries Management," presenter, American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska (2005).
Before Edwards Wildman
Joe earned Valedictorian honors in his law school graduating class. Prior to law school, Joe earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University Graduate School, with a focus on “Fate and Effects of Pollutants,” building upon his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, which he earned at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Joe serves as legal advisor to the R.I. Party & Charter Boat Association, a non-profit group dedicated to the promotion of sportfishing in R.I. Joe has been a passionate inshore saltwater fisherman his entire life, targeting striped bass and weakfish by boat as well as from the surf in Rhode Island and New Jersey waters. Joe also plays basketball, enjoys spending time with his family, and following the Philadelphia sports teams.