Portrait of Joseph L. Meadows

Government Experience

  • U.S. Department of Justice: Tax Division—Trial Attorney (1998-2003)


  • Wake Forest University, B.S. accounting (1994) cum laude
  • West Virginia University School of Law, J.D. (1997) The Order of the Coif
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. taxation (1998) with distinction


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Joseph L. Meadows, Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2964
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595

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.

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