Joe has spent over three decades advising and defending clients in a wide range of litigation and insurance matters, helping underwriters and other clients avoid litigation when possible and prevail when it is unavoidable. He possesses deep knowledge in particular of the marine insurance industry, as well as the London insurance market. Joe's clients describe him as pragmatic, responsive and efficient. He understands the nature of his clients' businesses and tries to add value to that business whenever possible.
Joe co-chairs Wiggin and Dana’s Insurance Practice Group. He is also a Partner in the Litigation Department and in the Art and Museum Law Practice Group.
For the last 20 years, Joe has been the principal outside counsel for the American Institute of Marine Underwriters and the Inland Marine Underwriters Association. In that role, he has been involved in legislative and regulatory monitoring, governance issues, drafting policy forms, and filing Supreme Court amicus briefs. He is adept at handling issues involving marine casualties, and is a thought leader on the future of marine insurance, including issues arising from autonomous ships and cyber risks. Joe’s extensive experience in representing insurers includes a stint in the office of the general counsel of one of the premier syndicates at Lloyd’s of London.
Joe has worked on matters involving various types of insurance and reinsurance coverages, including aviation, marine (hull, liability, cargo, and yacht), fine art and specie, energy, general liability, professional liability, and political risks.
In addition to representing underwriters, Joe represents brokers, multinational manufacturers and others involved in the supply chain. He has represented clients in cases throughout the U.S. and has personally served as an arbitrator and a mediator.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Joseph G. Grasso