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J.D., Capital University Law School, cum laude, 1995

  • Order of the Curia
  • Staff Member, Capital University Law Review, 1994-1995

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Dayton, Honors, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 1995
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With my technical aptitude and background in construction and engineering, I strive to streamline the litigation process for my clients who are embroiled in construction claims and disputes by identifying issues quickly and efficiently.  

Joe is a Partner in the Cleveland office and serves as Co-Chair of Reminger’s Construction Design and Liability Practice Group. He is a degreed civil engineer with eight years of practical work experience in the road and bridge construction industry, including work as a project superintendent for a heavy highway general contractor, and owner of a consulting company specializing in polymer restoration materials.

Since he began practicing law in 1995, Joe’s practice has been devoted exclusively to construction law, with a specific emphasis in construction litigation. He has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and material suppliers in a variety of construction-related matters, including tort claims involving personal injury and property damage, architect and engineer E&O claims, construction defect claims, mechanics’ lien, bond, delay and contract claims. Joe has handled litigation matters in most state courts in Ohio, the U.S. District Courts for Northern District and Southern District of Ohio, and the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules.

Joe is on the American Arbitration Association’s panel of Arbitrators for construction disputes and has served as the Arbitrator on numerous complex construction matters. He has also received comprehensive mediation training through the American Arbitration Association, is on the panel of commercial mediators for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Plea and has successfully mediated a number of construction claims through the years. Joe also presents continuing education seminars on a variety of topics including tort liability in the construction context, contract and bond claims and Ohio’s Mechanics’ Lien Statute.

Joe enjoys skiing, cycling, hiking, swimming, backcountry camping, and backpacking. He also has completed 14 marathons since 2011, including running in the Boston Marathon every year since 2012.

Honors & Recognitions

Recognized as a Super Lawyer in Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine since 2011

Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Construction Law, since 2015

Professional Memberships & Community Affiliations

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association


Representative Matters

  • Representation of EPC contractor on $220 million claim related to the design/construction of flue gas desulphurization projects at a number of coal burning power plants in the eastern and southern United States.
  • Representation of environmental consultant on $20 million class action suit by residential homeowners related to alleged nuisance arising from commercial development of former solid waste landfill sites.
  • Representation of EPC contractor on $40 million claim related to alleged failure to meet performance guarantees on an ethanol plant project.
  • Representation of structural engineer on $5.4 million claim by industrial warehouse tenant for inventory loss resulting from roof damage during a storm event.
  • Representation of apartment complex owner on $1.1 million claim for improper asphalt paving and ancillary work.
  • Representation of civil engineer on $2 million claim related to downstream residential flooding following a pump station improvement project.
  • Representation of demolition contractor on $1.5 million claim from public utility owner arising from damage to its existing underground utilities during demotion of an existing elementary school.
  • Representation of geotechnical engineering/testing firm on $40 million claim arising from fatalities during nighttime interstate paving project.
  • Representation of a geotechnical engineer on a $2.5 million claim related to failure of a steep slope and roadway following a slope stabilization project.
  • Representation of structural engineer on $45 million delay claim arising from design/construction of a hospital/hotel.
  • Representation of developer on $6.2 million claim for mold and water intrusion at a luxury condominium complex along Lake Erie.
  • Representation of civil engineer on $2.5 million claim from downstream nursery owner for contamination of its irrigation ponds due to upstream commercial development.
  • Representation of civil/environmental consultants on $25 million claim arising from necessary improvements to a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Representation of county sanitary engineer against general contractor on $5.6 million claim on two projects arising from defective horizontal directional drilling and jack and bore work.
  • Representation of civil engineer on $3.5 million claim related to alleged failure of multiple roadways due to unfavorable e soil conditions.
  • Representation of structural engineer on $8.5 million claim arising from replacement of multiple parking decks at a large apartment complex.
  • Representation of design/builder on $15 million claim arising from alleged structural failure of multiple concrete floor slabs in a large hotel/condominium complex.

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