Joseph J. Welter

Joseph J. Welter

Partner

Practice Groups

Joseph J. Welter is chair of the firm’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Practice Group. Over the past 25 years, Joe has successfully defended the interests of companies and insurers, serving as national, regional, and local trial counsel in toxic tort litigation across the country. His experience has included cases involving alleged exposure to asbestos, Legionella bacteria, excess zinc, adulterated food, benzene and lead paint, pending in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, and other jurisdictions. Joe is a nationally recognized lecturer and author regarding emerging toxic tort issues. He is also the editor of Goldberg Segalla’s Asbestos Case Tracker, which has been hailed as the “go-to” resource for significant asbestos decisions and developments throughout the country, and which was recently named to the ABA Journal's prestigious Blawg 100 and named the Best Litigation Blog for 2016 by the Expert Institute in its annual legal blog contest. 

Joe has also served as national science and trial counsel in mass toxic tort litigation, which has included federal court multi-district litigations and state court mass tort programs. Joe has worked with clients to develop effective litigation plans, trial strategies, and settlement matrixes for mass tort claims in this unique litigation setting. On the science side, Joe has worked with clients to develop effective scientific and medical defenses, which includes extensive vetting and retention of expert witnesses and effective use of Daubert and Frye motions to preclude plaintiffs’ experts.

Joe possesses an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available rating, and has been selected for inclusion in Business First's Who's Who in Law, New York Super Lawyers, and Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition.

Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2008-2016
  • Business First's Who's Who in Law 
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute: Insurance Law Committee; Product Liability Committee and Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania 
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Civic Activities
  • Chair of the Board of Directors, National Kidney Foundation of WNY, 2006 to 2011
Education
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1989
  • City University of New York, B.A., summa cum laude, 1986 
Publications/Presentations
  • Presenter, “Reviewing the Recent Uptick in Talc Cases: Litigating Claims Involving Products Containing Talc (Industrial, Cosmetic) and Determining How the Increase in Ovarian Cancer Claims Factors Into These," ACI’s Asbestos Claims and Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, PA, January 12, 2017
  • Author, "Talc and Ovarian Cancer: A Tale of Two Extremes," DRI Toxic Torts Newsletter, December 19, 2016
  • Presenter, "Overview on Upstate New York," The New York Asbestos Litigation Conference, Perrin Conferences, New York, NY, December 6, 2016
  • Presenter, "Medical Causation 101," Webinar, November 28, 2016
  • Presenter, “Talc/Ovarian Cancer and Asbestos-Contaminated Talc: A Litigation Overview” Cardno Chemrisk Talcfest 2016, New Orleans, LA, November 9, 2016
  • Presenter, "Talc and Ovarian Cancer: Overview of This Emerging Litigation," Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
  • Moderator, "Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report; Staying Ahead of the Curve," Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
  • Author, "Talc and Ovarian Cancer: Does Reliable Science Even Matter Anymore?" Chem.Info, September 20, 2016
  • Author, "Legal Perspectives for Processed Meat Producers," Prepared Foods, February 1, 2016
  • Presenter, "Introduction to Food Legislation and Regulation in the United States," Food Litigation ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, February 1, 2016
  • Presenter, "Dealing with Increased Requests for Corporate Witness Depositions and Preparing Company Witnesses for Testimony," ACI Asbestos Claims and Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, PA, January 15, 2016
  • Author, “Punitive Damages in Mass Tort Cases: Discovery and Trial Strategies,” InsideCounsel, August 10, 2015
  • Panelist, "Asbestos Litigation: Business as Usual in a 'Judicial Hellhole?,'" Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, New York, NY, June 30, 2015
  • Panelist, "Asbestos Medicine With a Focus on Lung Cancer," ACI’s National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, Chicago, IL, June 23-24, 2015
  • Presenter, "Key Jurisdictional Updates in California, Illinois, Louisiana and Pennsylvania," Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference, Beverly Hills, CA, March 16-17, 2015
  • Conference Chair and Presenter, “NYCAL Updates/Developments,” First Annual Asbestos Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, December 2-3, 2014
  • Co-Author, “‘Weight of the Evidence’ Approach: A Backdoor Attempt to Undermine the Court’s Daubert Gatekeeping Obligation,” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, September 2014
  • Co-Author, “Asbestos Litigation: Alive and Strong in 2014,”For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, April 2014
  • Co-Author, “Wireless Devices and Mobile Apps: FDA Speaks,” Defense Research Institute Medlaw Update, February 28, 2014
  • Co-Author, “Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects “Any Exposure” Expert Opinion,” Chartis Legal Insights, Fall 2012
  • Author, “Multidistrict Litigation: What Is It, and What Can You Do About It?” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, December 2010