Joe Goldberg defends private employers, municipalities, religious institutions, transportation companies and professionals along with public and private institutions of higher education.
Joe represents clients in matters of catastrophic loss (on behalf of trucking and motorcoach clients), civil rights, employment law, municipal liability, product liability, psychiatric/ medical malpractice and sexual abuse and assault (defense).
He has had an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell for over 30 years. From 2005 - 2017, Joe has been recognized in the Pennsylvania edition of Super Lawyers magazine and has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for products liability litigation, and in 2014, 2015 and 2017 for personal injury litigation and product liability litigation.
Partner, Chair, Civil Rights and Municipal Liability Group
Successfully defended a police chief/volunteer fire captain in a Civil Rights Section 1983 lawsuit involving alleged sexual molestation and assault/battery of a minor. Defense verdict rendered after seven-day jury trial in February 2017.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of a defendant dentist in a 1983 action filed by a prisoner who alleged deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs.
Received favorable federal jury verdict when it was decided that police officers who shot a Warminster man in March 2006 did not use excessive force. Three Warminster Township officers and a Warrington Township officer were accused of denying a man his civil rights by shooting him as he ran. The police believed that he possessed a loaded gun. After he was shot, the police discovered he had brandished an unloaded pellet gun. The suit, filed by the man's parents, sought $3 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
- 10.25.16Presenter, “Involuntary Medication: Clinicians' Defense Against Civil Rights Lawsuits,” Annual National Conference on Correctional Health Care
- 10.20.15Presenter, "Legal Challenges in Handling Imminently Dangerous Patients," National Conference on Correctional Health Care, Dallas, TX
- 07.25.14Presenter, "Treatment of Seriously Ill Prisoners Can Be Hazardous to Your Health," 2014 Correctional Healthcare Conference, Denver, CO
- Bartos vs. MHM Correctional Services, 3rd Cir. 2011 (Employment – Gender Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment)
- Sullivan v. Warminster Township, 3rd Cir., 2012 (Civil Rights – Excessive Force)
- Bartos v. Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, 3rd Cir., 2013 (Employment – Whistleblower Law)
- Kaplan v. Don’s Charter, 2002, 788 A.2d 356 (Commercial Transportation – Personal Injury)
- Emerich v. Philadelphia Center for Human Development, 1998, 720 A.2 1032 (Psychiatric Malpractice)
- Doby v. Decrescenzo, 1999, 171 F.3d 858 (Mental Heal – Civil Commitment – Employment Privacy)
Professional & Community Involvement
DRI, Defense Research Institute
TIDA (Trucking Industry Defense Association)
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Philadelphia Bar Association
Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel