R. Joseph Parker

Of Counsel Cincinnati
Contact Info

Summary

Joe, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, was a partner in the Litigation practice and served as the firm's General Counsel. He handled complex and general commercial litigation and was former chair of the firm’s Appellate practice.

Joe's practice involved representation of a wide variety of clients, primarily businesses, including manufacturing companies, construction companies, health care providers, financial institutions, municipalities, and personal service organizations (e.g., doctors groups, law firms and accountants). He dealt with problems encountered by business organizations, including antitrust, contracts, corporate governance and finance, securities regulations, environmental, bankruptcy, malpractice, insurance coverage, real estate, business and personal torts, trust and estates, and employment relations. He has extensive experience in a lead role in litigation, dispute resolution, arbitration and negotiation.

Joe was lead defense counsel in a number of class action cases and has over 60 decisions from trial and appellate courts reported or available online. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in four categories: commercial litigation, bet-the-company litigation, ethics and professional responsibility law and personal injury litigation - defendants. He has also been selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers as a "Top 50 Cincinnati Super Lawyer." 

Joe received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1966 and is a 1969 graduate of The Boston College Law School, Order of the Coif. After clerking in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, he joined the firm as an associate, becoming a partner in 1978.

Awards

All Service Areas

Education

  • Boston College Law School (1969)
  • Georgetown University (1966)

Admissions

  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal - U.S. Supreme Court
  • Federal - Eastern District of Kentucky
  • State - Ohio (inactive status)

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers

    Past Chair, Special Problems in the Administration of Justice Committee (2004 - 2006)

  • American College of Trial Lawyers

    Past Member, Legal Ethics Committee (1996 - 2000)

  • American College of Trial Lawyers

    Co-Chair, Ad hoc Committee on e-Discovery (2006 - present)

  • American College of Trial Lawyers

    Fellow (1995 - present)

  • American College of Trial Lawyers

    Member, Canada-United States Committee (2006 - present)

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Past Member, Community Services Committee

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Chairman, Federal Courts Committee

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Member, Fee Arbitration Committee

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Judicial Candidate, Review and Endorsement Committee (2000 - present)

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Past Member, Communications Committee

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Member, Ethics Committee

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Instructor
    Member, Steering Committee

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Past Chairman, Bench/Bar Conference Program (1991)

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Co-Chairman, Bench/Bar Conference (1992)

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Member, Trial Advocacy Institute, University of Cincinnati Law School (1990 - 1994)

  • Federal Bar Association

    Member

  • Internal Revenue Service Advanced Trial Advocacy Training Program

    Former Faculty Member

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy

    Former Faculty Member

  • Ohio State Bar Association

    Member, Appellate Practice Division

  • Potter Stewart Inn of Court

    Master of the Bench (1980 - present)

Community Involvement

  • Cincinnati Country Club

    Member

  • Fine Arts Fund

    Former Volunteer

  • Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas

    Arbitrator

  • Hamilton County Planning Committee of Central Ohio Regional Planning Authority

    Former Member

  • Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati

    Former Member, Board of Trustees

  • U.S. Supreme Court Historical Association

    Member

  • United Way and Community Chest

    Former Volunteer

  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation

    Former Member, Board of Trustees
    Past Chairman

  • West End Health Center

    Former Member, Board of Trustees