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DLA Piper LLP (US)
United States

Work Department

Class Actions; Product Liability, Mass Torts and Product Stewardship; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations.




Joel Dewey is a trial lawyer and appellate advocate who has successfully handled a wide array of cases for major corporations across the country. His practice focuses on the preparation, trial, and appeal of complex product liability and class action cases, many of which involve complicated technological issues.

Joel has appeared as lead trial counsel in major jury trials in numerous state and federal courts nationwide and has argued appeals in various federal circuits and state appellate courts. He also has appeared as lead counsel for manufacturers in nationwide class actions in state and federal courts. He represents numerous Fortune 500 and international corporations and has been selected as national and regional trial counsel for many of these clients.

His practice includes the counseling of technology companies and product manufacturers in the areas of risk management, analysis and prevention. He has lectured and written articles on litigation and technology related issues for industry groups, clients, ABA, and state and local bar associations.

He is certified as a mediator by the Harvard School Program of Instruction for Lawyers. He also has served as a mediator for the Baltimore City Mediation Program.


Permanent Member, Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Product Liability Advisory Council; Defense Research Institute


J.D., Harvard Law School; B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport

(Hall of Fame)

Joel Dewey – DLA Piper LLP (US)

Benefiting from a sizeable overarching product liability and mass tort offering throughout the country and also aided by a raft of legal technology products including an expert witness portal and litigation analytics tool, DLA Piper LLP (US) is able to represent numerous transport-based clients in resource-intensive mandates. Philadelphia-based Matthew Goldberg represents a variety of multinational automotive and automobile component part manufacturers in complex litigation; including successfully helping Porsche Cars North America to resist numerous putative class actions relating to product liability, including defective engine and suspension systems. Although automotive clients remain central to the practice, it has also been fairly active in the aviation space, including work for several airlines defending against putative class actions seeking damages for an alleged failure to pay refunds due to Covid-19.  Christopher Campbell in Atlanta co-heads the team with Loren Brown in New York and James Brogan in Philadelphia. Baltimore-based Joel Dewey has vast experience at trial and appellate level, including in the context of class actions and MDL proceedings for automotive manufacturers.