Joe’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on product liability, premises liability and trucking. He also handles cases involving construction defect, intentional torts, defamation, and insurance coverage. In these cases, he regularly defends catastrophic injury claims, including traumatic brain injury, burns, paraplegia, quadriplegia and wrongful death.

Joe has served as both first-chair counsel and on trial teams at multi-day jury trials to verdict. More often, Joe is able to negotiate favorable results for his clients by telephone or at formal mediations and settlement conferences. In several instances, he was able to reach pre-litigation settlements in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims by taking a proactive approach addressing the specific needs of the claim. In litigation, Joe frequently conducts discovery and trial depositions and argues motions to state and federal courts. He is also called on to coordinate experts for emergency response investigations, including large fire and explosion losses, product liability incidents and tractor-trailer accidents.

    • Education

      • J.D., George Mason University, magna cum laude, Law Review (Editorial Board), 2004
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      Professional Recognition

      • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell®
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    • Memberships

      • Virginia State Bar
      • Defense Research Institute (DRI),Trucking Law Committee
      • Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association
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      • E-Discovery Practice Group, Co-Chair
        Technology Committee, Chair
        Summer Associate Program, Social Coordinator (2012-present)

  • Has represented Fortune 500 companies in defense of product liability claims, including coordinating fire and explosion investigations using NFPA 921 guidelines.
  • Has represented target defendants in large fire/arson losses, including the largest fire loss in Richmond, Virginia history since the Civil War, the largest residential fire loss/arson in Maryland history, and the Georgetown Library fire in Washington, D.C.
  • Has represented property management companies and owners in defense of premise liability claims at apartment complexes, office buildings and retail stores.
  • Has represented national and regional trucking companies in defense of personal injury lawsuits, including Boyd Bros. Transportation, C.R. England, Cypress Truck Lines, DOT Transportation, Kenan Transport, MV Transportation, Old Dominion Freight Lines, PGT Trucking, Ruan Transport, Schilli Transportation Services, Sunteck Transport, Werner Enterprises and others.
  • Has represented national and regional brokers and trucking firms in defense of property damage lawsuits, including cargo claims.
  • Has represented insurance companies in defense and prosecution of insurance coverage disputes.
  • Virginia counsel for largest privately held passenger transportation contracting firm in U.S. in defense of personal injury and property damage lawsuits.
  • Virginia counsel for North America’s largest tank truck hauler transporting fuel and chemicals in defense of personal injury and property damage lawsuits.
  • As co-chair of the firm’s E-discovery Practice Group, he regularly advises clients on the best practices to handle their electronic discovery obligations in large-scale litigation.
  • Former Law Clerk, Virginia Circuit Court, Fourth Judicial Circuit, City of Norfolk.
  • Former Intern, Virginia Circuit Court, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Fairfax County and Fairfax City. Joseph P. Moriarty Member Willcox & Savage, P.C. (757) 628-5502 (757) 628-5566
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