Joe O’Neil


Joe is a shareholder in the Litigation Practice Group of Lavin O’Neil Ricci Cedrone & DiSipio and has served on the firm’s Board of Directors for more than 20 years. He has more than 30 years of courtroom experience as a trial lawyer, defending major corporations in complex litigation. Joe concentrates his practice on product liability, mass tort, medical device, and commercial litigation matters.

Mr. O’Neil has served as national counsel for some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical, automotive and clinical laboratory companies and as lead trial counsel before juries in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Joe is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Rhode Island, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit. He is also is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Bar Association; the Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Philadelphia Bar Associations; the International Association of Defense Counsel; the Defense Research Institute; and the Product Liability Advisory Council.

A frequent speaker at continuing legal education and other programs for lawyers and corporations, Joe has also served on the faculty of the IADC Trial Academy. In 2011, Mr. O’Neil was elected to a three-year term as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of the International Association of Defense Counsel. He served as Secretary-Treasurer-Elect in 2010-2011 and previously served as a member of the Board of The Foundation of the IADC.

Since 2005, Mr. O’Neil has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, the top five percent of practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania.

Mr. O’Neil graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island and earned his Juris Doctor from the Temple University School of Law where he was a member of the Temple Law Review. Mr. O’Neil is married and the father of four children.