Joseph Hopkins provides representation on litigation matters, individual and class actions, including those involving the defense of personal injury claims, consumer fraud claims, and other alleged torts such as Alien Tort Statute claims and toxic tort product liability claims. Mr. Hopkins also has prosecuted and defended numerous commercial disputes in both arbitration and in litigations in state and federal courts.
Mr. Hopkins has prepared complex scientific, medical, liability and damages defenses relating to such issues as governmental and private entity immunities, dust and chemical exposures, gauge failures, reproductive endocrinology and pharmaceuticals, cancer pathology, economics relating to alleged loss of income, and the steel industry. He has defended chemical companies, pharmaceutical companies, major telecommunications companies, large construction companies, a major municipality and a wide range of manufacturers across a variety of industries.
•Oversight and management of the defense, in state and federal courts, of a large metropolitan municipality and than 150 contractors and subcontractors regarding personal injury allegations related to rescue, recovery, debris removal and cleanup operations following a terrorist attack.
•Defense of medical services provider against purported class action in federal court (and in related federal multi-district litigation) for injuries and deaths allegedly resulting from use of prescription medical device.
•Oversight and management of the defense of a major chemical manufacturer in a state court action by an injured worker bringing failure-to-warn claims (settled during jury trial).
•Oversight and management of the defense of major telecommunications companies regarding consumer fraud allegations in class actions in state and federal courts.
•Oversight and management of the defense, in federal court, of an international automobile manufacturer regarding employment-related allegations.
•Management of the defense of major chemical manufacturers regarding toxic tort products liability actions in federal courts.
•Principal responsibilities in the defense of a major pharmaceutical manufacturer regarding pharmaceutical product liability actions in state and federal courts in New York and Ohio involving hundreds of plaintiffs and hundreds of defendant pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.
•Defense of a private military contractor against claims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity brought via the Alien Tort Statute.
•Obtaining of injunctive relief enjoining a raw materials processing corporation's former executive from improper competition.
•Defense of several individual physicians in a multi-million dollar arbitration with a regional medical center regarding numerous alleged breaches of contract and extensive claimed damages (successful outcome).
•Represented women on a pro bono basis to assist them in obtaining preliminary and final restraining orders against alleged batterers and in prosecuting civil contempt charges for violation of restraining orders.
Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications:
•Class Actions: What In House Counsel Need to Know Now, co-presenter, New Jersey Law Journal In-House Counsel CLE Seminar, November 22, 2013.
•When an Employee or the Public Claims Exposure - What Corporate Counsel Needs to Know, co-presenter, New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, 11th Annual All-Day Conference, September 20, 2013.
•A Corporate Counsel's Guide to Disaster Litigation, co-author, Bloomberg BNA, March 6, 2013.
•Managing Complex Litigation, co-presenter, New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, 10th Annual All-Day Conference, September 21, 2012.
•“TVPA Does Not Impose Liability on Corporations - Is the ATS Next? co-author, New Jersey Law Journal, June 11, 2012.
•“What Were They Thinking? How a Circuit Split Over Mens Rea Could Resolve the Alien Tort Statute Corporate Liability Controversy, co-author, New Jersey Law Journal, February 13, 2012.
•The Alien Tort Statute: What Corporations Need to Know, co-presenter, New Jersey Law Journal In-House Counsel CLE Seminar, November 29, 2011.
•“ATS Corporate Liability After Kiobel, co-author, Law360, August 2, 2011.
•“Key Strategies and Litigation Management Techniques in the Defense of the World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation, author, Litigating Toxic Tort and Hazardous Waste Claims (Aspatore, Thomson Reuters), 2011.
•Featured in “Product Liability, New Jersey Business, May 2009.
•Fraud and Abuse: Pricing and Antitrust Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry, co-presenter and seminar organizer, Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, October 28, 2003.
Before Edwards Wildman
Before joining the firm, Mr. Hopkins was a Partner at Patton Boggs LLP and a founding member of that firm's New Jersey office. He previously was Of Counsel at Latham & Watkins and began his career as an associate in the litigation department of a major New Jersey firm. He also has volunteered on a pro bono basis for the New Jersey Battered Women's Shelter Legal Advocacy Project.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Outside of the office, Joe likes to spend time with his family, try new restaurants, play poker with friends and occasionally imitate someone who can play golf. He is married to a lawyer/divorce mediator (as you might imagine, he always completes his “honey-do” lists) and he and his wife have three fantastic children between them.
Edwards Wildman Expands Litigation Capabilities with Addition of Five Partners and One Counsel
June 5, 2014 (Also at Morristown, New Jersey Office)