Joseph Ortego is Nixon Peabody’s chief diversity officer, overseeing the firm’s strategy to attract, retain and promote talented people with exceptional ability from a broad range of backgrounds. Joseph also serves as the vice-chair of the firm’s litigation department, chair of NP Trial®, an international team of the firm’s most successful and experienced trial lawyers and chair of the firm’s aviation practice. Representing major private and public corporations and their executives, he has tried over 100 cases to verdict in both federal and state courts throughout the country and has successfully represented clients before arbitration tribunals around the world.
With over thirty-five years of litigation and business experience, I help my clients, from Fortune 500 to startups, resolve their matters early, on their terms.
My clients’ legal needs are as diverse as the industries they operate in. They want a lawyer who is familiar with all legal aspects of their industry. My clients call on me to defend them in complex litigation and class actions involving a broad range of issues, such as securities, shareholders’ and contract disputes, labor and employment and intellectual property, as well as handle regulatory and compliance issues particular to certain industries such as aviation, financial services, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage and insurance.
Recently, my team secured a unanimous jury verdict in El Paso, Texas, state court for global aviation manufacturer Eurocopter, S.A.S. and its Texas-based distributor, American Eurocopter Corporation. After a three-week trial, the twelve-member jury rejected the plaintiffs’ product defect theories against our clients and fully exonerated the Eurocopter product. Click here to read the full story.
I regularly represent clients in health effects litigation and recent successes include matters involving toxic tort, food and beverage, environmental, medical device and pharmaceutical litigation.
In addition to my wide-ranging litigation experience, I have extensive experience representing U.S. and international insurance and re-insurance clients. I have developed a deep understanding of the insurance industry through the multitude of diverse matters I have handled and serve as coverage counsel for several of the world’s largest insurers.
I routinely serve as national trial counsel for a number of clients who desire a consistent approach to class action and aggregate litigation matters in multiple state and federal courts.
As technology evolves, companies are facing a new set of legal challenges manifesting themselves in both litigation and regulatory activities. We partner with clients, leveraging our successful trial and litigation experience, to develop innovative strategies to proactively address the issues presented by this new age.
Law360 | July 25, 2016
New York City partner, co-leader of the commercial litigation practice and chair of NP Trial® Joe Ortego is featured in this Q&A regarding his career and how he prepares for trial.
New York Law Journal | June 02, 2016
This column notes that New York City partner and commercial litigation practice group co-leader Joe Ortego was elected president-elect of the New York chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
TerraLex Connections | July 15, 2015
This column discusses a survey of lower court decisions in the sixteen months since the Supreme Court's decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman. This survey confirms that courts are applying a high bar with more uniform results as to when general jurisdiction will be found. Partner and co-leader of the Commercial Litigation practice Joe Ortego, San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Eric Strain and New York City Commercial Litigation associate Zack Stillings co-authored the piece.
Boston University School of Law, J.D.
Syracuse University, B.A., with honors
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Joe was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the field of Product Liability Litigation - Defendants. Joe has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2012.
Joe is also recognized by The Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial in the areas of Dispute resolution - Product liability, mass tort and class action: Toxic tort - Defense, and Industry focus - Transport: aviation and air travel; by Benchmark Litigation as a New York local litigation star; and by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings in its highest category, AV Preeminent.
Additionally, Joe is recognized by New York Metro Super Lawyers, LMG Life Sciences as a “Life Sciences Star” and Who’s Who Legal in Life Sciences. In the New York Metro Super Lawyers’ 2015 and 2017 edition, Joe was amongst the top 100 lawyers.
Joseph Ortego has dedicated substantial time to pro bono matters. In 2004, he was recognized by Touro Law School with the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney Award for his ongoing work on pro bono cases.