R. Joseph Parker

Of Counsel Cincinnati
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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.


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


  • 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 Special Problems in the Administration of Justice Committe, Chair, 2004-2006
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Legal Ethics Committe, Member, 1996-2000
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Ad hoc Committe on e-Discovery, Co-Chair, 2006-present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow, 1995-present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Canada-United States Committee, Member, 2006-present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Community Services Committee, Former Member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Federal Courts Committee, Chairman
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Judicial Candidate, Review and Endorsement Committee, 2000-present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Communications Committee, Former Member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Ethics Committee
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Member of Steering Committee and Instructor
  • Cincinnati Bar Association 1991 Bench/Bar Conference Program Chairman
  • Cincinnati Bar Association 1992 Bench/Bar Conference Co-Chairman
  • Cincinnati Bar Association 1990-1994 Trial Advocacy Institute at University of Cincinnati Law School
  • Federal Bar Association Member
  • Internal Revenue Service Advanced Trial Advocacy Training Program Former Faculty
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy Former Faculty Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association 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 of 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 of Board of Trustees; Past Chairman
  • West End Health Center Former Member of Board of Trustees