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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, DC 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.


Admitted to Practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, U.S. Tax Court, and U.S. Court of International Trade

Passed North Carolina CPA Exam

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