Joe, one of the founding members of the firm, represents clients ranging from family companies to Fortune 500 businesses at both the trial and appellate level. His practice consists of the defense of claims relating to personal injury, product liability, contractual disputes, trucking and insurance coverage. Joe spends much of his time working with clients, contractors and trade groups to proactively reduce the risk of liability using lessons learned from litigation.
Joe has helped to mold Alabama law in both the legislative and judicial branches. He assisted in authoring legislation relating to contractor liability and argued to the Alabama Supreme Court on the subjects of indemnity, personal injury and product liability. In Hosea Weaver and Sons, Inc. v. Balch, the Alabama Supreme Court recognized the “accepted-work doctrine” based on arguments made by Joe as amicus counsel on behalf of the Alabama Road Builder’s Association. The Court’s decision reversed a $7.5 million verdict in favor the plaintiffs and rendered a judgment in favor of the defendant. More recently, in DISA Industries, Inc. v. Bell, Joe also successfully argued for the Court to reverse a $500,000 in favor of a plaintiff and rendered the verdict in favor of the Defendant.
Joe is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized as one of Birmingham’s Best Attorneys and Birmingham’s Best Construction Attorneys. Most recently, in 2019, Joe was recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters and a Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law by ALM and Martindale Hubbell. Joe also serves as an instructor at CLM’s Claims College and its Litigation Management Institute.
Joe and his wife, Ellen, live in Vestavia with their children Porter and Sophie. In his spare time, Joe coaches youth baseball, runs half marathons, travels and volunteers at Children’s Hospital as Santa Claus.
Joe earned his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his juris doctor from The University of Alabama School of Law.
- Alabama State Bar
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
- Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- Birmingham Bar Association
- Claim and Litigation Management Alliance
- Defense Research Institute
- Journal of American Law