Joe focuses his practice on the litigation of employment matters and commercial disputes. In the employment arena, he has extensive experience in wage-and-hour actions, the enforcement of restrictive covenants, and employment discrimination claims. He also litigates matters involving breach of contract and business tort claims. Joe regularly handles cases in the Pennsylvania state courts and in federal courts throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the Midwest.
In addition, Joe frequently provides advice and counsel to businesses on a wide range of employment issues, including:
- Creating and updating employee handbooks and other policy documents
- Drafting and negotiating employment agreements
- Wage-and-hour compliance
- Employment-related due diligence for proposed mergers and acquisitions
Joe is also a member of Fox’s Cannabis Law Practice Group. In this role, Joe provides regulatory guidance to businesses in the cannabis industry and advises businesses on all aspects of managing “marijuana in the workplace.” He regularly writes and presents on issues at the intersection of Cannabis Law and Employment Law, and is the leader of the Employment Law Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Medical Marijuana and Hemp Law Committee.
In the highly regulated cannabis industry, success is reserved for those who take a thoughtful and strategic approach to entering this market. In the Weeds aims to help keep today’s cannabis entrepreneur well informed. Joe tracks developments in marijuana law and business, including regulatory framework in states where cannabis has been legalized for medical and/or recreational uses and the unique issues that businesses in the cannabis industry face. Join this blog team in their examination of issues that are distinct to companies in the legal marijuana space, as well as the interplay of collateral businesses to the cannabis industry.
This national survey is a quick reference resource to the relevant laws and regulations governing how workplaces should respond to the growing trend of legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use in jurisdictions throughout the United States. In particular, the survey provides links to laws and regulations governing medical marijuana, recreational marijuana and occupational drug testing laws in each state where marijuana has been legalized, as well as summaries of important court rulings interpreting these rules.
Though cannabis is illegal under federal law, at least 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical use and nine states, as well as D.C., have legalized it for recreational use—a dichotomy that presents a unique and complex challenge for employers. This publication provides an overview of federal and state marijuana laws, discusses specific aspects of the employment relationship affected by the legalization of marijuana in certain states, and offers practical guidance for employers on how to navigate this new and developing area of the law.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining Fox, Joe was an attorney for a Pennsylvania-based law firm where he handled insurance defense and insurance coverage matters.
During law school, Joe was a legal intern to the Honorable Thomas J. Rueter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He also worked as a law clerk for a Delaware Valley-based law firm and a legal intern in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Joe was a Notes and Comments Editor of the Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law. He also served as the Temple Law Student Liaison to the Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and as a coach of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School Mock Trial Team.
While in college, Joe studied abroad at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Joe is an active member of the Montgomery Bar Association. He currently serves as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section and Editor of the Montgomery County Law Reporter. He is also a member of the MBA’s Board of Directors.
Joe currently serves on the editorial board of the Cannabis Law & Regulation Reporter.
Honors & Awards
- Named to the "Pennsylvania Rising Stars" list for Employment & Labor Law by Super Lawyers (2019-2020)
- 2017 graduate of the Montgomery Bar Association Leadership Academy