Joe’s practice includes complex litigated matters such as business torts, construction litigation, real property disputes, tax appeals, ground water contamination claims and business to business disputes. His environmental experience also includes defense of mold related injury claims, lead contamination litigation and municipal sewage defect claims. His product liability experience includes defense of carbon monoxide catastrophic injury and death claims.
McGill serves as an elected member of the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan. He has been elected by his fellow board members to serve as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President of the State Bar of Michigan. As Treasurer, he chaired the Finance Committee and Audit Committee which oversees the financial operations and long-term planning of the State Bar of Michigan. As Secretary he presently chairs the Professional Standards Committee which oversees the Bar’s efforts in the following areas: Character & Fitness, Client Protection Fund, Judicial Ethics, Judicial Qualifications, Lawyers & Judges Assistance, Professional Ethics and the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
During his term as Vice President, he will chair the Communications & Member Services Committee which is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations regarding all current and proposed new programs, services, bar activities and make recommendations regarding the Bar’s relationship with local and special interest bar associations and the sections of the Bar. The Committee also oversees: Awards; Michigan Bar Journal; Public Outreach & Education. He also serves on the SBM Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee both of which work with SBM staff to provide leadership and vision for the future.
He has served as the Chair of the Representative Assembly for the State Bar of Michigan and was a member of the State Bar’s 21st Century Practice Task Force. He serves as Emeritus Director and past President of the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit, past President of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and Past President and founder of the Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce, n/k/a Irish Network Detroit. Joe carries Martindale Hubbell’s “AV” rating, is a Michigan Super Lawyer and is rated “Superb” by Avvo. He was the 2013 recipient of the Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce’s Business Lawyer Award.
The Michigan Bar Journal, Volume 97, No. 10, October 2018
The Michigan Bar Journal, Volume 97, No. 5, May 2018
CLM Magazine, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, May 2018
The Michigan Bar Journal, Volume 96, No. 3, March 2017
The Michigan Business Law Journal, Volume 37, Issue 1, Spring 2017
Spring and Fall Meetings 2013, Charitable Giving
The Michigan Business Law Journal, Volume 33, Issue 1, Spring 2013
Michigan Defense Quarterly, January, 2010
Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Opinion Letter, January, 2007
Joe enjoys alpine skiing, SCUBA diving, racquetball, golf, backpacking, and running. He has completed one marathon and several half marathons. He is an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers, Big Ten football and basketball. Joe loves to travel. He has lived and studied overseas. He is a certified Master Diver and likes to combine travel with great dive site opportunities. During the summer, he spends time at the family cottage on the shores of Lake Huron, but he enjoys all that the seasons of the Great State of Michigan have to offer.
Wayne State University School of Law, Master of Laws, Taxation, 2001
Wayne State University School of Law, Master of Laws, Corporate and Finance Law, 1994
The University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1990
The University of Detroit School of Business, Master of Business Administration, 1990
Michigan State University, B.A. in Finance, 1987
Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose
Isle Royale National Park
Lafayette Coney Island
Major League Baseball