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Joseph Lipari

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Joseph Lipari

Managing Partner
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Joseph Lipari is a seasoned trial attorney and a tireless advocate for individuals and businesses involved in high stakes litigation and arbitration. He has litigated in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and he has appeared before binding arbitration panels. Mr. Lipari has achieved numerous successful outcomes as counsel for plaintiffs and defendants, including verdicts and settlements.

He has successfully represented businesses in complex suits arising out of high-profile, catastrophic events including: underground mining accidents in Alabama; steel mill explosions in Pennsylvania and Louisiana; and extended unplanned shutdowns and outages in mills, plants, and factories located across the United States and abroad.

Mr. Lipari regularly litigates matters involving complex commercial disputes, trademark disputes, and patent disputes. He also counsels clients relative to risk transfer strategy, risk management practices, and product recalls. He has developed cutting-edge strategies on behalf of his clients. Recently, his innovative use of a global trade and international steel market expert allowed him to secure a nuisance-value settlement for a multi-national defendant on the eve of trial in a $20 million commercial dispute involving military contracting.

Mr. Lipari has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® rating, indicating that his legal peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. He was also named as a “Mass Tort Lawyer of the Year” by American Law Media.

He is admitted to the bars of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He has also appeared as counsel, by way of pro hac vice admission, in over 20 states. Mr. Lipari has lectured and published on topics including trial strategy, patent disputes, hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale, and risk management practices.

Mr. Lipari is a 2002 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law. Before law school, he attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia and was offered a commission as Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Prior to joining Sultzer & Lipari, Mr. Lipari was a partner at a prominent national litigation firm. Earlier in his career, he was associated with one of the largest law firms in the country.

  • J.D. Seton Hall University School of Law - Graduate School 2002
  • B.A. University of Rhode Island - University 1999
  • New York State Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014-2017)
    Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014-2017)
  • Certificate of Recognition

    Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST)

    Certificate of Recognition
  • Mass Tort Lawyer of the Year

    American Law Media’s Mass Tort Lawyer of the Year (2013, 2015)

    Mass Tort Lawyer of the Year
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST)
  • “Steel Mill Safety & Health: A Lawyer’s Perspective,” AISTech 2014, Association for Iron and Steel Technology (March 2014) 2014
  • “How to Challenge Abstract Alternative Designs, Expert Analysis" Law360, Portfolio Media (August 2013)
  • “The Value of Knowledge Management Programs” Risk Management Magazine (September 2012)
  • “Assessing New York Chemical Exposure Litigation Trends" Law360, Portfolio Media (April 2012)

Recent Presentations

  • “Conducting Depositions,” New York City Bar, “Bridge-the-Gap” program, New York, NY (2017; 2018; 2019)
  • “Steel Mill Safety & Health: A Lawyer’s Perspective,” Association for Iron & Steel Technology, Indianapolis, Indiana (2014)
  • “CPLR 3101 (d): Vetting and Selecting an Expert; Complying with Expert Disclosure Requirements; Trial Strategy Considerations; and Motions in Limine,” New York City Bar, New York, NY (2012)

Reported Cases

  • Federal Trade Commission v. Lifewatch Inc., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179631 (N.D. Ill. Sep. 24, 2018) (regulatory enforcement)
  • Asset Enhancement Inc. v. LifeWatch Inc., 2018 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 9599 (Nassau Sup. Ct.) (commercial litigation)
  • Petrosino v. Stearn’s Prods., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55818 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 30, 2018) (consumer class action)
  • Marasco v. Am. Expediting Co., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18842 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 30, 2018) (wage and hour class action)
  • Rapoport-Hecht v. Seventh Generation, Inc., No. 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 219060 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 28, 2017) (consumer class action)
  • Dayan v. Swiss-American Prods., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50773 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017) (consumer class action)
  • 101 Imaging LLC v. D.R. Rossi, M.D., P.C., 2016 NY Slip Op 32803 (U) (Nassau Sup. Ct.) (commercial litigation)
  • Sitt v. Nature’s Bounty, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131564 (E.D.N.Y. Sep. 26, 2016) (consumer class action)
  • Kaatz v. Hyland’s Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87348 (S.D.N.Y. July 5, 2016) (consumer class action)
  • Reynolds v. Lifewatch, Inc., 136 F. Supp. 3d 503 (S.D.N.Y. 2015) (consumer class action)
  • Silva v. Smucker Nat. Foods, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122186 (E.D.N.Y. Sep. 14, 2015) (consumer class action)
  • In re Lifewatch, Inc., 140 F. Supp. 3d 1342 (J.P.M.L. 2015) (consumer class action)
  • Life Alert Emergency Response, Inc. v. Connect Am.com LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119840 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 27, 2014) (trademark litigation)
  • Moyer v. Siemens Vai Servs., LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154977 (E.D. La. Oct. 29, 2013) (products liability)


  • “Siemens Escapes $2.6M Liability in Steel Plant Death,” Law360, Portfolio Media (July 2013)
  • “And the Defense Wins,” DRI, The Voice (August 28, 2013)
  • “FTC Says Robocalls Misled Consumers As Companies Return Fire,” Law360, Portfolio Media (February 2018)
  • “FTC Demands Docs In Lifewatch Robocall Suit,” Law360, Portfolio Media (March 2017)
  • “Lifewatch Must Turn Over Some Evidence Sought By FTC,” Law360, Portfolio Media (February 2017)
  • “Lifewatch Fights FTC’s Discovery Request In Marketing Suit,” Law360, Portfolio Media (February 2017)
  • “FTC Asks To Keep Lifewatch Execs On Hook In Phone Scam,” Law360, Portfolio Media (September 2016)
  • “Lifewatch Disclaims Telemarketing Scam at Trial with FTC,” Law360, Portfolio Media (December 2015)

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