Joel is a member of the firm's Environmental practice group. He represents public and private entities in the industrial, commercial and manufacturing sectors, where he focuses his practice on all aspects of environmental law including:

  • Regulatory compliance counseling involving CERCLA and state cleanup laws, water and air pollution control, EPA and California Air Resources Board mobile source emission regulations, hazardous waste management, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and OSHA;
  • Environmental due diligence and contract negotiation in connection with the sale and purchase of businesses and industrial properties;
  • Litigation and enforcement defense;
  • Zoning and land use; and
  • Federal, state and local environmental permitting and licensing.

In law school, Joel served as a legal extern for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 in Chicago and a judicial extern in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. He earned a certificate in Chicago-Kent's Program in Environmental and Energy Law.

  • “Beyond NAFTA: Navigating the Impact of USMCA – Labor & Environmental Protections,” Thompson Hine Virtual Roundtable, June 2020
  • “Environmental Compliance in a COVID-19 World: Best Practices and Risk Mitigation Strategies,” Thompson Hine Webinar, June 2020
  • “PFAS Water Permitting & Compliance Strategies: Tips and Updates to Address the Complex and Ubiquitous Priority Emerging Contaminants,” Manufacturers’ Education Council, 29th Annual Environmental Permitting in Ohio Conference, July 2019
  • “PFAS-ten your Seatbelt: Strategies for Responding to the Fast-Moving Regulation of PFAS Compounds,” Ohio State Bar Association, 34th Annual Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Law Seminar, March 2019
  • “Prioritize, Incentivize, Revitalize: U.S. EPA's Ongoing Quest to Reform the Superfund Program,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, July 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Environmental Law
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Torts
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
  • CALI Award for Excellence in the Environmental Clinic
  • Dean's List, 2004 to 2007
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • IADC, Environmental and Energy Law Committee, Vice Chair of Publications
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Vice Chair; Planning Committee Co-Chair, 30th Annual Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Seminar (2014)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Council of Delegates (2014-2018)
  • Crown Point Ecology Center, Board Member (2015-present)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environmental, Energy and Resources
  • DRI Young Lawyers, Co-Chair of Communities Committee