Joseph M. Price

Senior Counsel


Joe Price is a senior trial attorney and fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers who brings decades of experience and a passion for solid science to representing pharmaceutical and medical device makers in complex litigation, mass tort and class action product liability cases. He has tried numerous medical product liability cases in 10 states and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on mass torts.

Defending Medical Products

In medical litigation, Joe has defended the makers of:

  • Mammary implants
  • Orthopaedic prostheses
  • Cardiovascular devices, such as defibrillators and pacemakers
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • A wide variety of pharmaceuticals
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Vaccines
  • Various chemicals

Coordinating Mass Torts and Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)

Joe is one of the pioneers in mass tort and medical device litigation, dating back to his extensive involvement in the Dalkon Shield litigation in the early 1970s. He has served as MDL, national coordinating and liaison counsel in major medical products litigation, tried many cases, and played key roles in the national and regional defense and coordination of such litigation.

Litigation Scope

Joe also served as national counsel for a major Fortune 500 Company in toxic tort cases. He is a recognized leader in the area of obesity/fast food litigation and has extensive experience in trial/jury consulting and psychology.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review (associate editor) (1972)

University of Minnesota
B.A. (1969)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Looking to 2017: What Could Be Ahead for Drugs, Devices, and Mass Torts
    Co-author, Defense Research Institute, January 2017
  • Liability Issues Surrounding Biosimilars
    Co-presenter, IU McKinney School of Law Annual Continuing Legal Education Program, September 2016
  • Communication as a Catalyst in Complex Litigation
    Federal Bar Association, Minneapolis, September 2015
  • Challenging Expert Evidence in Mass Torts and Class Action Litigation
    Co-presenter, ABA Section of Litigation Roundtable, April 2015
  • Scientific Evidence Review: Admissibility and Use of Expert Evidence in the Courtroom
    Co-author, Expert Evidence in the Eighth Circuit, Chapter VIII, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American College of Legal Medicine
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota Law Review — Alumni Advisory Board
  • Minnesota Medical Alley Association — General Counsel, 1985-93


  • American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
  • Chambers USA — Nationwide, Product Liability & Mass Torts, “Senior Statespeople,” 2020-21
  • Chambers USA — Nationwide, Product Liability & Mass Torts, 2010-19
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Finance & Commerce and Minnesota Lawyer — Icon, 2018 
  • National Law Journal — Litigation Trailblazers, 2015
  • Law360's MVP Award — Product Liability, 2015
  • PL Law360 — One of the 10 Most Admired Product Liability Lawyers in the United States, 2010
  • Best Lawyers®Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2003-22 (Lawyer of the Year - Personal Injury Litigation, 2014); Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2003-22; Mass Torts Litigation / Class Actions, 2003-22 (Lawyer of the Year - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, Defendants, 2012, 2020)
  • University of Minnesota Law School — Law Review, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011 
  • Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, 2002, 2011
  • Legal Media Group — The World's Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers, 2016
  • Euromoney's Litigation and Product Liability Expert Guide nominee, 2014-16
  • LMG Life Sciences — Life Science Star, 2012-13, 2015
  • Best of the Best USA — One of America's Top 30 Product Liability Lawyers, 2012
  • Guide to the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers, 3rd edition — Top 10 Worldwide Product Liability Lawyers, 2010
  • Benchmark: Litigation — Product Liability, 2008, 2013-14, 2020
  • Legal 500 United States — Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices, 2007
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Class Action/Mass Torts, 2003-04; 2006-19
  • Minnesota Law & Politics — Minnesota's Top Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal Product Liability
  • Who's Who Legal Life Sciences

Awards Methodology

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