“You need 3 things to be an effective lawyer — competence, compassion and caring.”
Joe has been representing plaintiffs for more than 35 years in personal injury cases. Over his long career, he has handled thousands of claims across the full range of the firm’s practice areas, including car and truck accidents, construction site and other workplace injuries, medical malpractice, products liability, wrongful death cases, and injuries occurring at stores and other commercial properties.
Joe co-founded the firm (with Dan Linn) in 1996 after spending 14 years at a well-regarded Philadelphia plaintiff’s personal injury firm. Their goal was to provide a big-firm level of client service in a smaller, more personal setting.
“We have built our practice on relationships. If you develop relationships, the money takes care of itself.”
The second oldest of eight children, he credits his solid family-oriented upbringing in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania as the key to connecting with his clients and jurors.
“I’m not from a privileged background so I understand what my clients are going through and the day-to-day challenges they face. A typical juror is also a normal working person and my upbringing helps me understand what they need to see and hear at a trial to return a favorable verdict for my clients.”
The personal relationships Joe develops with his clients usually last longer than their litigation. “Once a client, always a client” is one of his favorite sayings. Long after a case is resolved, he makes himself available to clients to provide life advice and to refer them to other professionals they may need down the road – doctors, lawyers and financial planners.
As much as Joe likes to connect with his clients on a personal level, he also enjoys the challenge of cases that require him to master technical information and complicated data. Claims involving workers injured by construction equipment can be particularly complex as they typically require expertise versed in forensic engineering, failure analysis and materials science. As his practice has evolved over the years to increasingly complex cases, he has developed a facility for analyzing and explaining technical information to laypeople.
When he’s not working, Joe is an avid sportsman and athlete who enjoys outdoor activities like fishing, boating and hiking as well as various team and individual sports. He resides in Philadelphia with his family.
Brain Injury from Truck Collision
Large recovery for 14-year-old boy who suffered brain injury as passenger of car struck by tractor-trailer — obtained compensation for pain and suffering and funds needed to pay for all future medical needs.
Worker Falls from Defective Boom Lift
Substantial seven-figure settlement obtained for injured construction worker who fell from a height when a defectively designed boom lift collapsed while he was operating it.
Lethal Anesthesia Error
Substantial six-figure settlement for parents of child who died during routine surgical procedure due to anesthesia error.
Maximum wrongful death recovery for parents of deceased son struck by car while crossing Roosevelt Boulevard in the middle of the afternoon.
Security Guard Dragged by Truck
Seven-figure settlement for security guard dragged by truck with exposed winch cable.
Barnes v. Keller, 62 A.3d 382 (Pa. Super Ct. 2012)
Cerankowski v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 783 A.2d 343, 347-348 (Pa.Super. 2001)
Gokalp v. Pennsylvania Manufactures Association Insurance Company, 553 Pa. 452 (1998 )
- Delaware Law School, JD 1982
- East Stroudsburg University, BA Political Science 1978
- US District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- US District Court for Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Trucking and Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Products Liability
- Premises Liability (Slip and Fall)
- Vehicle Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Workers’ Compensation
- Dram Shop Negligence
- Wrongful Death
- Medical Malpractice
Prior Work Experience
- Manchel, Lundy & Lessin, Associate and Partner 1982-1996
Publications & Events
- Joe regularly serves as an Arbitrator or Mediator at the request of other litigants who seek his expertise in resolving their cases. He has also lectured at various Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars.
- American Association for Justice
- Pennsylvania Association for Justice
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association