University of Michigan Law School,
Notes Editor, Journal of Law Reform, 1989-1990
Saint Louis University,
B.S., magna cum laude, 1987
Illinois USDC, Central District
Illinois USDC, Southern District
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
American Railway Development Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Current Co-Chair, Environmental and Conservation Law Committee
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
Illinois State Bar Association
Section on Environmental Law
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
The Missouri Bar
Environmental & Energy Law Committee
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America,® 2014-Present
Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions- Defendants
Listed in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer, 2009-Present
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2008-Present
Listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2009-2010
Thompson Coburn LLP
“Recent Developments and Decisions” at NBI’s Fundamentals of Water Law in Missouri: Protecting Water Rights and Quality
Meramec Community College
Joe is an experienced environmental law counselor who provides actionable, common-sense advice to clients on a wide array of regulatory and litigation issues.
Chambers USA describes Joe as "admired by clients as a straight-shooting, no-nonsense guy." He represents and advises clients on compliance matters as well as contested matters such as citizens suits, administrative actions and civil and criminal enforcement under the various state and federal environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, CERCLA, FIFRA, and RCRA. He has completed the HAZWOPER 40-hour training course and is certified to accompany a client's first responders at accident scenes to act as the client's eyes and ears as the scene develops.
His diverse practice has included working with clients to obtain and renew air permits, defending clients against toxic tort allegations arising from incidents such as train derailments, refinery explosions and alleged environmental contamination related to radiation, oil, animal fat, solvents, heavy metals and other organic and inorganic substances. Joe's practice is nationwide and he has handled matters involving the United States Environmental Protection Agency as well as numerous state environmental agencies and regulatory authorities throughout the country.
In addition to representing clients in purely environmental matters, Joe also acts as outside general counsel for a number of closely held companies and managers of publicly held companies. These clients frequently seek his assistance in representing them in non-environmental matters. As a result, Joe's practice is one of the most diverse in the environmental department. He has substantial experience in representing clients in general litigation, product liability and toxic tort litigation, contract disputes, trucking litigation including fatality cases, intellectual property disputes, OSHA matters and insurance coverage and indemnification lawsuits. This broad based experience causes Joe to think outside the box and bring creative solutions to those he represents.
Co-Author, “How to Effectively Manage a Government Inspection";
The St. Louis Bar Journal
Contributor, “Civil and Criminal Liability";
Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education Environmental Law Deskbook