Joe G. Hollingsworth
Director, Atlantic Legal Foundation
Member, Executive Committee
Joe G. Hollingsworth is a nationally renowned courtroom advocate who specializes in trials and appeals and was named three times for National Law Journal’s “Top Ten Defense Wins of the Year”. Among numerous victories for his clients, he first-chaired defense verdicts for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in the first two bellwether cases in the New Jersey Aredia®/Zometa® serial litigation. He served as lead trial counsel for Norfolk Southern in the largest single tort case in South Carolina history, in which a textile manufacturer sought hundreds of millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages for alleged property damage following a train derailment and massive chlorine release. After one month of an anticipated three-month trial, the parties agreed to a confidential settlement. Joe secured a defense verdict for the nation’s largest medical device manufacturer in the first trial involving allegations that hernia repair mesh causes infertility. He also tried to a defense verdict the first case alleging that the drug Parlodel® could cause serious cerebrovascular events in new mothers. He successfully argued five seminal and widely-cited U.S. circuit court Daubert opinions critical to corporate tort defendants: Rider v. Sandoz (11th Cir. prescription drug); Hollander v. Sandoz (10th Cir. prescription drug); Glastetter v. Novartis (8th Cir. prescription drug); Conde v. Velsicol (6th Cir. pesticide); and Schudel v. GE (9th Cir. solvents).
Joe is recognized in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, and as an AV Preeminent Lawyer by ALM Media and Martindale-Hubbell. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, which recognizes excellence among U.S. litigation and trial counsel. Joe received his B.A. from DePauw University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He serves on the Georgetown Law Board of Visitors.