Joseph P. Messina specializes in a wide variety of complex business litigation including shareholder and securities disputes, contracts, partnerships, closely-held corporations, fraud cases, professional liability, land use, real estate, and intellectual property matters. In addition to being an experienced litigator, Joe’s practice also includes counseling businesses on a day-to-day basis with an eye toward avoiding problems before they arise. Joe serves in the role of general outside counsel to a number of his clients in a range of industries including hospitality, restaurants, manufacturing, and aquaculture.
Some of his representative case work has included:
Representing a publicly traded international telecommunications company and its officers and directors in connection with an investigation by the SEC, involving allegations of stock option “backdating” and improper accounting. After three years of investigation, the SEC took no action against the company or any of its officers or directors.
Representing a defense transportation company in connection with a federal investigation into alleged violations of the federal False Claims Act and in a concurrent civil qui tam matter. After two years, the investigation was concluded with no action taken by the government against the client. The civil action was resolved favorably to the client.
Representing international manufacturing businesses in connection with an internal investigation into an embezzlement and kickback scheme by an officer and shareholder in the business. Successfully represented the company in a civil action against the officer alleging, among other things, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and RICO violations. The action was settled prior to trial at an amount equal to a multiple of actual damages.
Representing a national food manufacturer in connection with claims of trademark infringement, unfair competition and improper use of the name and likeness of the companies’ co-founder. Pre-trial motions resulted in judgment in favor of client and judgment was affirmed on appeal.
Prior to forming a boutique litigation firm in 2013, Joe was a partner in the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. where he practiced for over 20 years. He has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest level of professional excellence as determined by opinions submitted by members of the Bar. He has also been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.
Joe is a resident of Duxbury, Massachusetts with his wife and son and is an active member of the community.
- Lycoming College, Economics, B.A., 1987
- The New England School of Law, cum laude, J.D., 1991
- New England Scholar
- Lead Articles Editor, New England Journal on Civil and Criminal Confinement
- District of Columbia
- Boston Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Chairman, Duxbury Bay Management Commission
- Former Chairman, Duxbury Conservation Commission.
- Board Member, The Island Creek Oysters Foundation, Inc.
- Trustee, Duxbury Rural & Historical Society, Inc.
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