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Joel is a founder of the firm and a trial lawyer with over twenty five years of experience representing business clients in complex contract and regulatory cases, financial fraud and alternative investment litigation, corporate investigations, real estate and construction litigation, professional malpractice, insurance coverage, and product liability matters. Joel has represented Fortune 500 companies, international clients, and New England based businesses engaged in transportation, manufacturing, alternative energy, large scale retail, construction, money management, banking and finance, and biotechnology. Joel has tried cases ranging in duration from three days to three months throughout the courts of Massachusetts, including jury trials before the Business Litigation Court in Boston. Joel also has successfully argued appeals before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
- Recovered nearly $50 million in losses in the biggest corporate defalcation case in Massachusetts, including an eight figure settlement against one of the big four accounting firms in a professional malpractice action.
- Defended the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Public Health as specially appointed Assistant Attorney General in over a dozen lawsuits brought by rejected applicants seeking licenses to operate medical marijuana dispensaries, including defeating all motions for injunctive relief seeking to stop the entire licensing process.
- Defended the commuter rail and transit authority in several catastrophic cases, including establishing a settlement trust funded by culpable third parties.
- Prevailed on appeal before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of the largest Boston Red Sox ticket reseller in a case involving the enforceability of the Massachusetts ticket scalper statute. Even before trial, we were successful in protecting our client’s trade secrets by appealing and reversing the trial court’s discovery orders to the State’s highest court.
- Served as lead counsel to a Czech Republic publicly traded company, in a Federal Court District of Massachusetts jury trial involving competing claims of intentional interference with contractual relations, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
- Represented distributor in two-week jury trial in Norfolk Superior Court resulting in $6.4 million verdict for breach of distribution agreement and fraud by manufacturer.
- Secured decision before Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirming jury trial verdict for transportation client, which rejected defendant’s argument that jury decision should be set aside on federal preemption grounds.
- Represent victim in product liability action against auto manufacturer injured as a result of driver’s seat collapsing in rear end collision.
- Represented the family and estate of a former Governor of Massachusetts in a fraud and professional malpractice action arising from the theft of funds by their former lawyer, who stole over $17 million from his clients.
Joel graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 and from Vermont Law School in 1988. Prior to the formation of Nystrom Beckman & Paris LLP, Joel was special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and, prior thereto, worked as an associate at K&L Gates LLP.
Joel is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Joel has appeared pro hac vice in courts throughout the country including, California, New York, Florida, New Jersey, and Vermont.