Overview

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.

Representative Experience

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.

Honors & Recognitions

Recognized as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine 

OACTA Distinguished Service Award, 2007 and 2015

Community & Professional

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

Results

For a more complete list of trial results, please contact attorney.

News

Speaking Engagements

  • Putting Document Retention Programs in Place 
    Cincinnati, OH, Apr 11, 2019
  • How to Avoid Being a Target in Legal Malpractice
    Columbus, OH, Aug 23, 2018
  • Career Development and Life Balance
    Crestview Hills, KY, May 24, 2018
  • Employment Practices Liability Claims
    Cincinnati, OH, May 21, 2018
  • West Chester, OH, May 14, 2018
  • Ethics in the Context of All Civil Litigation
    Hartford, CT, Feb 27, 2018
  • Effective Time Management and Achieving Work Life Balance
    Cincinnati, OH, Oct 11, 2017
  • Trumpdate: How the Change in Presidential Administration Might Impact Employers
    Cincinnati, OH, Jun 1, 2017
  • Top Trends in Employment Law Issues
    Webinar, May 31, 2017
  • Career Development & Balance
    Crestview Hills, KY, May 25, 2017
  • Top Trends in Employment Law Issues
    Chillicothe, OH, Apr 28, 2017
  • Top Liability Trends in Employment Practices
    Cincinnati, OH, Jan 25, 2017
  • Age Discrimination & Employment: What Every Employer Needs to Know
    Cincinnati, OH, Jan 15, 2017
  • The Fox News Sexual Harassment Claims and Other Current Employment Law Issues
    Cincinnati, OH, Oct 20, 2016
  • Dealing with Your First Medical Malpractice Claim
    Ohio State Bar Assn. Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Annual Convention, Cincinnati, OH, Apr 28, 2016
  • Ethics in Appellate Practice
    Ohio State Bar Assn. CLE, Columbus, OH, Apr 7, 2016
  • Top Ten Current Employment Law Issues
    CNA Global Specialty Lines, Wyomissing, PA, Dec 3, 2015
  • Lessons from Losses – A Study in Accounting Risk Management
    Ohio Society of Certified Accounts, Cincinnati, OH, Nov 19, 2015
  • Risk Management for Accountants
    Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants Annual Convention, Dayton, OH, May 20, 2015
  • Ethics and Appellate Practice
    Ohio State Bar Association CLE, Columbus, OH, Apr 16, 2015
  • Ethical Issues in Brief Writing, Oral Presentation and Appellate Practice
    Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, Nov 14, 2014
  • Ethics of Appellate Practice - Ohio State Bar Assn. CLE
    Columbus, OH, Apr 16, 2014
  • Cincinnati, OH, Jan 20, 2014
  • Lessons from Losses- A Study of Risk Management for Accountants
    Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants - Dayton, OH, May 23, 2013
  • Disqualification of Opposing Counsel in Professional Liability Cases
    OACTA Legal Malpractice Seminar - Columbus, OH, Jun 15, 2012
  • Director and Officers Scope of Risks
    Intelligrated/CNA Underwriting Consultants - Mason, OH, Dec 19, 2011
  • Ohio State Bar Association CLE - Columbus, OH, Apr 6, 2011
  • General Principles of Professional Liability - Gilbride Insurance Consultants CLE Seminar
    Columbus, OH, Nov 9, 2010
  • General Employment Discrimination Issues, YUSA Corporation Personnel Dept. & Supervisors
    Washington Courthouse, Ohio, Oct 4, 2008
  • 2007 Family Medical Leave Act Updated, Council on Education & Management
    Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov 5, 2007
  • Principles of Commercial Premises Liability Exposures, Dollar General National Risk Management Team
    Nashville, TN, Aug 10, 2007

Insights

Publications

Reminger Reports

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)

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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