Joseph Leghorn is a senior trial attorney in the IP Litigation group with a sustained record of success at all levels of state and federal courts. Over the last 32 years Joseph has represented medical products manufacturers in a variety of cases, including IP litigation. With his background in mathematics and science, he is able to make complex principles easily understood by courts and juries.
I always focus my practice on getting my client the best practical outcome. Determining the best possible outcome in each case is a multivariate exercise taking into account many factors, of which advancing a client’s business is of paramount importance. As someone who has always been curious about how things work, representing cutting edge Life Sciences clients has always excited me. The service I provide to Life Sciences companies includes licensing, contract, product liability and IP litigation.
For many Life Sciences companies their IP landscape is becoming increasingly crowded, creating more barriers to entry and expensive litigation. At the same time, the Life Sciences industry is coming under increasing pressure to rein in costs. I foresee clients increasingly focused on developing strategies to quickly solve legal problems in order to reduce their overall operating expenses.
Emory University School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, with distinction
Bowdoin College, A.B., Mathematics, cum laude
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
Joseph has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants in Boston, MA. He has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2007.
Joseph has also been recognized as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in Class Action and Mass Torts based on a peer-review survey by Thomson Reuters (2004–2011). Joseph was a recipient of the international Who’s Who Legal of Product Liability Defense.
A member of the Defense Research Institute, Joe is an active member of its Drug and Medical Device Committee and Mass Tort Committee. In addition, he is an active member of the Product Liability Committee and Drug and Medical Device Subcommittee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and the International Association of Defense Counsel. Joseph is a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council between 2001 and 2007.
Joseph has dedicated substantial time to pro bono matters. On October 10, 2006, he helped prepare and file an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Inc. The brief urged the court to uphold the use of voluntary desegregation plans to further the compelling interest of achieving racially diverse schools, and it discussed the successful use of such desegregation efforts in Massachusetts. Currently, he is working with veterans who have served in Iraq and elsewhere, to help them obtain benefits for injuries that they suffered while in service.