Portrait of Joseph M. Callow, Jr.

Joseph M. Callow, Jr.

Managing Partner
Joseph M. Callow, Jr. Recognized by Best Lawyers 2024 Joseph M. Callow, Jr. Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2022 Litigation - Antitrust Cincinnati, Ohio American Bar Association - Member 2024
Practice Areas
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Advising and Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • False Claims Act Litigation
  • FINRA (NASD) Arbitrations
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Product Liability & Personal Injury/Tort
  • State Attorney General/Special Appointment Litigation
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D.
  • Miami University, B.A., cum laude
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Joe Callow leads litigation matters on a national, regional, and local basis. Joe works primarily on complex litigation. He has experience in class action/collective actions and multi-district litigation as well as environmental, securities, IP, antitrust, product liability and general corporate/commercial litigation.

Currently, Joe represents several state Attorneys General in complex litigation. Joe was one of the lead litigation counsel for the State of Ohio in its litigation against opioid distributors that resulted in an $808 million settlement for the State. He is also one of the lead litigation counsel for the States of Michigan and Illinois in their respective litigation against PFAS and AFFF manufacturers, distributors, and other parties.

Joe has extensive experience in False Claims Act (qui tam) litigation and has represented parties in FCA cases around the country, including Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and New Jersey. Joe has helped the US Government recover over $200 million in FCA settlements over the past several years.

Joe frequently speaks at CLE seminars and blogs on several litigation topics, including cybersecurity and litigation management. He welcomes the opportunity to conduct seminars for clients and other organizations on litigation avoidance strategies and litigation related topics.

Representative Litigation Matters
  • Lead Counsel, with Greg Utter, and currently represent the States of Michigan and Illinois in PFAS and AFFF contamination litigation (see news links below).
  • Lead Counsel, with Greg Utter, in the representation of the State of Ohio in litigation against opioid distributors resulting in $808MM settlement for the State of Ohio(see news links below).
  • Lead Counsel for Defendant Ohio Fresh Eggs in Sherman Act / Antitrust class action; obtained defense verdict after six-week trial(see news links below).
  • Lead Counsel for Plaintiff in Intellectual Property dispute.
  • Lead Counsel in FCA cases generating over $200 million in FCA settlements(see news links below).
Representative Appellate Matters
  • United States ex rel. Sheldon v. Allergan Sales, LLC, 24 F.4th 340 (4th Cir. 2022) (vacated) (oral argument and on papers), en banc decision, 49 F. 4th 873 (4th Cir. 2022) (oral argument and on papers), cert. granted, judgment vacated, and case remanded, 143 S. Ct. 2686 (June 30, 2023).
  • The Ohio High School Athletic Association v. Ruehlman, 157 Ohio St. 3d 296 (July 16, 2019) (on papers) (see news links below).
  • MJS & Associates v. Master, et al., Case No. 12-15-00219-cv (Tex. App. Sept. 7, 2016) (oral argument and on papers).
  • Hathorn, et al. v. Dana Motor Co., LLC, 2016-Ohio-5110 (Hamilton Cty. App. July 27, 2016) (oral argument and on papers).
  • Dudenhoeffer v. Fifth Third Bancorp, 692 F.3d 410 (6th Cir. Sept. 5, 2012) (oral argument and on papers).
  • LaWarre v. Fifth Third Securities, Inc., 2012-Ohio-4016 (Hamilton Cty. App. Sept. 5, 2012) (oral argument and on papers).
  • Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. v. Wuerth, 349 F. App'x 983 (6th Cir. 2009) (oral argument and on papers).
  • Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. v. Wuerth, 122 Ohio St. 3d 594 (2009) (oral argument and on papers).
  • Cincom Systems, Inc. v. Novelis Corp., 581 F.3d 431 (6th Cir. 2009) (oral argument and on papers).
  • Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers' Antitrust Litigation Lawyer of the Year" (2012, 2017, 2020, 2022)
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2016-2019
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - 2024
  • Named to Ohio Super Lawyers, since 2008
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale - Hubbell
  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers(CALL), Class XI
  • Legal Alert: TransUnion LLC v.Ramirez - High Court Limits Class Standing in Alphabet Litigation(and elsewhere), 6.28.2021
  • Legal Alert: Ohio’s Data Protection Act Takes effect November 2, 2018: What You Need To Know, 10.30.2018
  • GDPR: Less Than 100 Days and Counting to "G-Day" — Here's What You Need to Know, 3.6.2018
  • CyberSecurity News: Spokeo, Galaria and Braitberg, 9.13.2016
  • Cybersecurity 101 — 10 Simple Practice Pointers for Every Lawyer and Client, The CBA Report, 6.18.2015
  • Webinar: TransUnion LLC v.Ramirez and the Impact on Class Action Litigation, 7.13.2021
  • NKU Cybersecurity Symposium(2022, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015)
  • Webinar: Understanding Data Protection & Cybersecurity in a Remote Work Environment 4.24.2020
  • Webinar: Ohio Data Protection Act -Safe Harbor for Businesses in Ohio, 11.27.2018
  • GDPR and Your Business: What You Need to Know and What You Need To Do, Greater Cincinnati ISSA Chapter Meeting, 2.21.2018
  • Cybersecurity Roundtable<br/>Cincinnati Business Courier, 11.4.2016
  • Film Screening / Panel Discussion, The Decade of Discovery<br/>Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law / Law & Informatics Institute, 2.26.2015
  • Full 4th Circuit to Rehear Allegations of Allergan Unit Medicaid Fraud, Reuters.com, 5.11.2022
  • Allergan Whistleblower Gets Rehearing in Drug Rebate Fraud Suit, BloombergLaw.com, 5.11.2022
  • Full 4th Circ. To Eye $680M FCA Case Against Allergan Law360.com, 5.10.2022
  • DuPont, 3M Sued Over Michigan 'Forever Chemicals' Pollution<br/>Law360.com, 1.14.2020
  • Michigan Files Lawsuit Against 3M, DuPont and Others for PFAS Contamination, 1.14.2020
  • Michigan AG Announces PFAS and Opioid Litigation Partners, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, 10.17.2019
  • Tribes Get Tentative Green Light In Opioid MDL, Law360, 4.5.2019
  • Ohio Supreme Court Suspends Enforcement of TRO Against OHSAA, OHSAA.org, 8.27.2018
  • Egg Producers Cite 3rd Circ.Ruling In Scramble To Exit MDL, Law360.com, 8.17.2018
  • Litigators of the Week: Steven Bizar, Joseph Callow and Jay Levine globalcompetitionreview.com, 6.20.2018
  • Cincinnati law firm wins conspiracy case with $3 billion on the line, Cincinnati Business Courier, 6.19.2018
  • Daily Dicta: Egg on Their Faces: Plaintiffs Giants Come up Empty in $3B Antitrust Trial, www.law.com, 6.18.2018
  • It's Sunny-Side-Up for Egg Producers in Decade-Long Cartel Case www.bna.com, 6.15.2018
  • Conspiracy For One, Liability For None In Egg Antitrust MDL www.law360.com, 6.15.2018
  • Cybersecurity Goes Beyond IT, LEAD Magazine, 4.19.2018
  • Egg Buyers Don't Prove Liability In Antitrust Suit, Judge Told, Law360.com, 4.5.2016
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • The Seven Hills School