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Education

J.D., The University of Akron School of Law, magna cum laude, 2002
-CALI Top Grade Awards
-Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2001-2002 (Best Brief Winner-2001)

The College of Wooster, 1999
-Varsity Lacrosse 4 years (team captain senior year)
-Senior Award-1999 (presented by the “W” Alumni Association)

Bar Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2005
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2005
  • United States Supreme Court, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2010
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Two aspects of the practice of law are critically important to me: (1) working hard on behalf of my clients to obtain pragmatic solutions to their problems; and (2) commitment to the making of the profession better by mentoring, ethical practice and respect for the opposition. I once heard a quote to the effect that ‘busy lawyers are busy for a reason’, and that is the type of lawyer that I believe any client should want handling their problem or issue

Joe’s practice at Reminger is focused in two primary areas: Employment Practices Liability defense and Professional Liability defense. On the Employment side, Joe is the Chair of Reminger’s Employment Practices Group. In addition to those responsibilities, Joe maintains an active docket representing clients in all manner of employment disputes such as claims and suits for:

  • Employment discrimination
  • Wrongful termination
  • Title VII and R.C. 4112 claims
  • Retaliation
  • Non-competition/non-solicitation agreements
  • Other statutory claims under the FMLA, FLSA and NLRA 

Since joining Reminger in 2002 and being named partner in 2007, Joe has litigated hundreds of employment claims in the State of Ohio Courts of Common Pleas, the United States District Courts (Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and Southern District of Indiana), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and appellate matters in nearly all of the Ohio Appellate Courts (10 of 12 Ohio Appellate Districts), the Ohio Supreme Court, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Joe is a frequent presenter and trainer on a variety of employment related topics to various groups such as: human resources professionals, local businesses, bar associations, insurance claim representatives, and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.  

Joe is also a leader in the firm’s Professional Liability practice group. Although his focus is generally defense of lawyer malpractice claims, Joe has also represented accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, board directors and officers, dentists, psychiatrists and psychologists, and other professionals throughout his 15 year career. Joe is the Chair of the Professional Liability Committee for the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA), which is the state’s defense lawyer association. In addition to serving OACTA, he is a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Ethics Committee and frequently presents on topics related to professional liability, risk management for lawyers and firms, and legal ethics. Joe also actively represents Ohio lawyers and judges in grievance and disciplinary proceedings throughout the state.

Honors & Recognitions

Recognized as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine 

OACTA Distinguished Service Award, 2007 and 2015

Professional Memberships & Community Affiliations

OACTA (Editor of Update from 2009 to 2015) (Professional Liability Committee Chair from June 2015 to the present)

Cincinnati Bar Association – Ethics Committee member 2015 to present

Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL) – Class 2012

Kenton County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) – 2012 to present (have been CASA for 12 abused and neglected children in Kenton County)

Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer-To-Lawyer mentor program – 2013 to present

Hamilton County Special Olympics – Volunteer (bowling, basketball, softball, skiing and events)

American Cancer Society – Trustee Committee for Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball, 2009 – 2011

Ohio State Bar Association – Member

American Bar Association – Member

Kentucky Bar Association – Member

Northern Kentucky Bar Association - Member

Professional Liability Underwriters Society – Member

Representative Matters

Joe has had multiple successful results on behalf of lawyers and other professionals throughout the State of Ohio and Commonwealth of Kentucky. While a more complete list of results can be found on the Results tab, below are few recent highlights of successful trial court and appellate results:

  • December 2014, trial victory in Warren County, Ohio in legal malpractice case with jury verdict of $1,192, against pretrial demand of $150,000, and blackboard damages of $650,000
  • May 2015, defense verdict in Warren County, Ohio in a legal malpractice case on behalf of law firm sued in underlying complex commercial transactions
  • February 2016, summary judgment victory in Kenton County, Kentucky for law firm sued for malpractice for failure to timely file underlying tort action
  • June 2016, appellate victory in the Second Appellate District in legal malpractice case for domestic relations firm sued for failure to protect life insurance assets
  • April 2017, dismissal of judicial grievance/discipline matter

As a seasoned appellate practitioner, Joe has been counsel of record on 33 appellate cases, four of which were litigated in the Ohio Supreme Court. Joe was also a member of a team of lawyers on a case taken to the United States Supreme Court in the representation of a law firm sued under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

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