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Professional services clients rely on Joe’s sound advice in navigating regulatory investigations and high-stakes litigation.

Joe is a Chicago native but has called the Northwest "home" for over 35 years.  His practice emphasizes complex civil litigation, including securities, commercial and tort litigation, as well as professional liability defense.  Many of Joe's cases are investment related and he often represents professionals such as lawyers, accountants, brokers, officers and directors.  He also represents those same professionals in regulatory investigations by the SEC, DOJ, IRS, FBI and their state counterparts.  He has successfully represented lawyers and law firms in multi-million dollar professional negligence trials and securities related trials. 

Joe has represented brokers and investors in numerous FINRA/NASD arbitrations. He also has represented clients in enforcement actions and investigations by SEC and state securities regulators.

Joe began his career as an enforcement staff attorney in the New York office of the SEC and gained trial experience as a deputy city attorney for the City of Portland trying tort and civil rights cases in both state and federal courts.

Professional Activities

  •     Oregon State Bar

   Uniform Securities Act Taskforce (2004-2006)
   Federal Practice and Procedure Committee (1999-2002)
   Securities Regulation Executive Committee (1998-2000)
   Business Litigation Section Executive Committee (Chair-2009)

  •     American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  •     Multnomah Bar Association

         Professionalism Committee (Mentor)

  • Managing Director, Garvey Schubert Barer Portland office, 2019-present

Community Activities

  • Multnomah County Library Advisory Board (2000-2008)



News & Insights


Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances



  • New York
    U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. Supreme Court


Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D. 1978

DePaul University, B.A., 1975

Honors | Recognitions

  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)

Chair, Attorney-Client Relations Committee (2017-present)
Vice Chair, Attorney-Client Relations Committee (2015-2017)
Chair, Oregon State Committee (2014-2016)

  • Named by Chambers USA for Litigation: General Commercial (Oregon) 2005-2019
  • Named by Best Lawyers, Litigation - Securities, Portland, OR, "Lawyer of the Year," 2016, 2018
  • Named by peers to The Best Lawyers in America©  in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement (SEC) and Securities Litigation, 2018-2020
  • Recognized in Chambers USA Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Business Litigation)
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2019
  • Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV 5.0 Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer
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