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Professional services clients rely on Joe’s sound advice in navigating regulatory investigations and high-stakes litigation.

Joe is a Chicago native but has called the Northwest "home" for more than 35 years. His practice emphasizes complex civil litigation, including securities, commercial and tort litigation, as well as professional liability defense. Many of Joe's cases are investment related and he often represents professionals such as lawyers, accountants, brokers, officers and directors. He also represents those same professionals in regulatory investigations by the SEC, DOJ, IRS, FBI and their state counterparts. He has successfully represented lawyers and law firms in multi-million dollar professional negligence trials and securities related trials. 

Joe began his career as an enforcement staff attorney in the New York office of the SEC and gained trial experience as a deputy city attorney for the City of Portland trying tort and civil rights cases in both state and federal courts.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Foster Garvey, Managing Director of Portland Office, 2019-present
  • Garvey Schubert Barer, Managing Director of Portland Office, 2019
  • Multnomah Bar Association
    • Professionalism Committee, Mentor
  • Oregon State Bar
    • Business Litigation Section Executive Committee, Chair, 2009
    • Federal Practice and Procedure Committee, 1999-2002
    • Securities Regulation Executive Committee, 1998-2000
    • Uniform Securities Act Taskforce, 2004-2006

Community Activities

  • Multnomah County Library, Advisory Board, 2000-2008



News & Insights




  • Oregon
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1978
  • B.A., DePaul University, 1975

Honors & Recognition

  • American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
    • ACTL Foundation, Trustee, 2021-present
    • Attorney-Client Relationships Committee, Chair, 2017-2019
    • Oregon State Committee, Chair, 2014-2016
    • Fellow, 2009-present
  • Chambers USA (Oregon) Leading Individual, Litigation: General Commercial, 2005-present
    • Chambers USA Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Business Litigation)
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2021-present
    • Commercial Litigation, 2018-present
    • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC), 2018-present
    • Litigation - Securities, 2018-present
    • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year"
      • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement, 2021
      • Litigation - Securities, 2016, 2018
  • Oregon Super Lawyers list, 2006-2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
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