Joseph L. Meadows is a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office's Commercial Litigation Group, where he focuses on complex civil litigation and arbitration. As a litigator since 1998, Joe has tried over 15 cases before judges and juries, arbitrated commercial disputes, and argued matters in various federal and state courts.
Joe has represented clients in a variety of matters, involving bankruptcy, construction, government contracts, import tariffs, insurance, pharmaceuticals, structured finance, taxation, and ERISA matters. Recent client examples are as follows:
- post-bankrupt debtor in litigation against Fortune 100 financial institution regarding billions in structured finance transactions;
- Fortune 100 chemical company in litigation against the IRS involving millions in research and development tax credits;
- Fortune 500 oil and gas company in litigation against the United States regarding Customs' classification of imported drilling materials;
- leading generic drug manufacturer in litigation against states regarding Medicaid reimbursement;
- government wartime contractor in False Claims Act litigation;
- owners of combined-cycle natural gas power plants in arbitration against the general contractor concerning millions in delay and liquidated damages under engineering, procurement, and construction contracts;
- various national insurance companies in multiple bankruptcy disputes involving asbestos claims; and
- several clients in pro bono criminal, immigration and family dispute matters.
Before joining Crowell & Moring, Joe was an associate with Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, D.C. As part of that firm's Litigation Group, his practice spanned a variety of areas including bankruptcy, Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation, legal malpractice, condemnation matters, civil forfeitures, and post-judgment collection.
Joe started his legal career as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division. He was hired through the Honors Program and litigated tax matters in federal and state courts, taking a number of cases to trial. For his work with the government, Joe received the Tax Division's Outstanding Attorney Award in 2000.