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Joseph J. Costello

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Labor & Employment


A partner in the labor and employment practice at Morgan Lewis, Joseph Costello represents employers in a broad range of matters, including ERISA class actions, whistleblower and retaliation litigation, executive terminations, workplace investigations, reductions in force, and noncompete/trade secret disputes. He focuses on helping employers achieve their business objectives and avoid litigation, but he also has a successful track record of disposing of lawsuits through motion practice and negotiating creative settlements, and trying cases when necessary. For more information, view Joseph’s bio at


As the former leader of the firm’s labor and employment practice (2009-2016), Joseph managed more than 250 lawyers across the firm.


Stanford Law School, J.D., 1985; Cornell University, M.I.L.R., 1980; Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1978

United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Within: Leading lawyers

Joseph Costello - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 'provides top-notch advice' and is appreciated for providing 'work quality at the highest level and having an excellent client service reputation'. It is capable of handling the full range of labor and employment matters on a national and international level. Washington DC-based Grace Speights, who is well versed in employment discrimination claims, leads the 'efficient and competent' group. Anne Marie Estevez in Miami represents Uber in a series of ADA accessibility litigation cases regarding the client's alleged failure to provide wheelchair accessible vehicles and alleged denial of service animals. Thomas Hurka in Chicago and Robert Jon Hendricks in San Francisco successfully handled various matters for Boeing. Davis McManus, who splits his time between New York and Boston, 'is the lawyer you want when stakes are high'. Michael Banks, Joseph Costello, Sarah Bouchard, Steven Wall and Michael Burkhardt are noted individuals in Philadelphia. Paulo McKeeby in Dallas 'brings value and trusted guidance' and Stephanie Sweitzer in Chicago is praised for 'her persistent engagement and leadership in managing cases, which is tremendously valuable'. Orange County-based Barbara Miller's 'wage-and-hour class action knowledge is impressive'. Houston's Ethel Johnson 'gets to the core of the issue quickly and efficiently while being the utmost professional'. Recommended practitioners are also Samuel Shaulson and Ira Rosenstein in New York, Lincoln Bisbee in Washington DC and Debra Fischer in Los Angeles. The team had several partner promotions in October 2018, including Jocelyn Cuttino in Washington DC.

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