Joe’s practice involves civil litigation, regulatory matters, and lobbying. His litigation practice focuses on defending financial institutions and other creditors in West Virginia’s state and federal courts against alleged violations of state and federal consumer credit and protection laws, including “predatory lending” and debt collection claims. He also has significant experience handling insurance coverage and bad faith matters, commercial disputes and personal injury cases. In his regulatory practice, Joe combines his litigation skills with his government experience to advise and represent clients before various state agencies, including the West Virginia Health Care Authority, West Virginia Ethics Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, State Tax Department and West Virginia Public Service Commission. As a principal in FBT’s government relations affiliate, CivicPoint, Joe also lobbies the West Virginia Legislature and executive branch officials on behalf of clients in various fields, including the natural gas, health care, pharmaceutical and gaming industries.
- In 2017, Joe argued for and obtained dismissal of a shareholder derivative action in West Virginia Business Court that alleged mismanagement, self-dealing and breach of fiduciary duty by Joe’s officer/director client.
- Domestic Violence Survivors' Support Group, Inc. v. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification, 239 W.Va. 566, 797 S.E.2d. 543 (March 1, 2017). Secured decision from Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia reversing circuit court ruling upholding agency's denial of a behavioral health center license to a non-profit domestic violence counseling center that was based upon the agency's erroneous interpretation of its own licensure rules and related statutory exemption for counselors working at non-profits.
Memberships & Affiliations
- West Virginia State Bar
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- Maryland Bar Association