During the past two
decades, Joe built a reputation as a top employment litigator by
approaching each case with a fresh perspective - uncovering unique facts,
unearthing hidden dynamics and relentlessly unraveling the plaintiff’s case. He
has represented companies such as Sears, Microsoft and Oracle in their
most challenging and complex employment matters.
These and other clients also turn to Joe again and again as
a creative problem solver and trusted advisor in helping them achieve their goals quickly and efficiently.
For example, in a wage class action for Sears, Joe quarterbacked an
unusual strategy to dismiss the case.
The team discovered that the plaintiff had filed for bankruptcy, and filed
a motion to dismiss because the plaintiff no longer owned the lawsuit, the
bankruptcy trustee did. But the
plaintiff argued he might re-acquire the lawsuit in bankruptcy court, and the
district court allowed him to try. In the bankruptcy court, Joe had Sears buy
the lawsuit (an asset of the plaintiff’s bankruptcy estate) for a nominal
amount, and then returned to the district court where Sears, now the owner of
the class action against itself, dismissed the case with prejudice.
In Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, the high-stakes gender discrimination and retaliation case that garnered intense national scrutiny, Joe led the trial team's work on jury instructions and expert witnesses.
Joe is praised by clients, co-counsel and colleagues for his collaborative approach and ability to bring out the best work from the team.