Joseph D. Lipchitz: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Joseph D. Lipchitz


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Practice Areas

  • Complex Tort & Product-Related Litigation
  • Media & First Amendment
  • Arbitration, Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Securities Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Technology, Communications & Media
  • Professional Services
  • Financial Services
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.348.3030
Fax: 617-542-2241
University Gettysburg College, B.A., cum laude, 1993
Law SchoolSuffolk University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1996
Admitted1996, Massachusetts; 1998, Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States District Court of Massachusetts; United States Supreme Court

Professional & Community Involvement:
•Member, Massachusetts Bar Association's Business Law Council
•Arbitrator, Massachusetts Bar Association's Fee Dispute Resolution Board
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
•Member, Board of Trustees, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham


Joe is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience handling complex commercial cases including those involving trade secret theft, intra-corporate disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, and unfair and deceptive business practices. He also focuses his practice on representing and advising newspapers, publishers, and other media-related entities and individuals in defamation, invasion of privacy, and First Amendment matters.

Before joining the firm, Joe served as a military prosecutor in the US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, where he successfully tried numerous felony cases before both judges and juries.

Joe is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court and has litigated cases in federal and state courts across the country. Joe has also successfully handled numerous arbitrations and mediations.


• Eighty-Five Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (10.17.2014)
•Featured in Boston Rocker to Pay $132 in Court Costs, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (07.03.2013)
•Featured in Judge: Rocker Must Pay Herald $132G in Court Costs for Dismissed Defamation Suit, Boston Herald (06.28.2013)
•Quoted in Statements of Reasons for Suicide Are Necessarily Opinion, BNA's Media Law Reporter (04.05.2013)
•Quoted in Boston Founder's Defamation Claims Thrown out of Court, National Law Journal (03.28.2013)
•Quoted in Boston Herald Beats Libel Suit over Boston Singer's Suicide, Law360 (03.28.2013)
•Quoted in Judge Tosses Boston Rocker's Lawsuit against Herald, Boston Herald (03.27.2013)
•Quoted in Tom Scholz Loses Suit against Boston Herald, Boston Globe (03.27.2013)
• Seventy-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (10.22.2012)
• Fifty-Two Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, (10.21.2011)
•Quoted in Boston Paper's Reporters On its Own Libel Suit Not Defamatory, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (09.16.2011)
•Quoted in Judge Rules Rocker Can't Sue Herald Over Articles Written About Lawsuit, Boston Herald (09.15.2011)
• Mintz Levin Attorneys Named to List of 2007 Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition, (04.19.2007)


•Author, Chapter 15, “Obtaining Attorney's Fees in Civil Litigation, Damages, Interest and Attorney's Fees in Massachusetts, MCLE (2012)
•Author, Chapter 6, “Defamation, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions, MCLE (2012)
•Author, Chapter 7, “Invasion of Privacy, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions, MCLE (2012)
•Author, Chapter 8, “Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions, MCLE (2012)
•Editor, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions, (2012)
•Author, Chapter 17, “Domain Names as Property, Internet Law and Practice, West (2007)

Recognitions & Awards

Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Business Litigation (2011 - 2012, 2014)
Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star - Business Litigation (2005 - 2008, 2010)
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a high-profile hedge fund manager, who had been sued for securities fraud under the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act as well as for unfair and deceptive trade practices. After a two-week trial, the jury found that the client had made no misrepresentation in connection with the offering of interests in a hedge fund. Shortly thereafter, the presiding judge of the Business Litigation Session found that the client had not engaged in any unfair and deceptive acts under the Massachusetts statute, which represented a complete vindication for the client.; Obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement for a Massachusetts security software company that had brought an arbitration claim against a Fortune 100 company for breaching a complex software development agreement.; Obtained over a million-dollar verdict on behalf of AstraZeneca against its former CEO for fraud, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty. While defeating the CEO's claims for defamation, Joe and his partners obtained a favorable appellate decision before the Supreme Judicial Court, which has now resulted in an $18 million judgment in favor of AstraZeneca. This was a significant victory for AstraZeneca both at the trial and appellate levels and has been recognized by former Chief Justice Margaret Marshall as one of her notable decisions under the category of free speech.; Successfully represented a group of individuals and nonprofit entities who had been sued by the Islamic Society of Boston for defamation and a conspiracy to defame arising from concerns about its leaders. After zealous discovery, the claims were dismissed for no consideration, no retractions, and no apologies.; Successfully defended a corporate president and his company against fraud allegations in a six-week bench trial in the Massachusetts Business Litigation Session while obtaining a multimillion-dollar judgment on his clients' counterclaims for fraud and breach of contract, which was recognized as one of the top bench verdicts for 2005 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.; Obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement for a former CEO and business owner who had sold his company to a publicly traded conglomerate that refused to pay certain post-closing price adjustments as required in the purchase and sale agreement.

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