Joseph E. Ezzie

Partner

Columbus
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Overview

Motivated to exceed his clients’ expectations, Joe Ezzie is a hard-working, intensely prepared attorney practicing in the area of complex commercial litigation, including healthcare litigation and class action defense. Joe believes the key to successful client representation is to identify a client’s goals at the outset of the engagement and then work with the client and his colleagues on the best, most efficient strategy to achieve those goals. This collaborative team approach centers on effective communication and creative thinking, all aimed at one goal – adding value to his clients’ businesses.

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Healthcare

  • Retained as national counsel by a major health care services company. Successfully represented the client in jurisdictions across the country in complex breach of contract actions revolving around concerns about the distribution of controlled substances. Defeated requests for injunctive relief at preliminary injunction hearings. Engaged in risk-assessment measures and employed a litigation strategy to achieve the desired result of minimizing potential enterprise risk to the client.

Class Actions
  • Obtained dismissal of class claims against a client, a national pharmacy franchiser, relating to franchise agreements prior to class certification. Superior Care Pharmacy v. Medicine Shoppe International, S.D. Ohio.
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Experience

Healthcare
  • Retained as national counsel by a major health care services company. Successfully represented the client in jurisdictions across the country in complex breach of contract actions revolving around concerns about the distribution of controlled substances. Defeated requests for injunctive relief at preliminary injunction hearings. Engaged in risk-assessment measures and employed a litigation strategy to achieve the desired result of minimizing potential enterprise risk to the client.
  • Acted as lead counsel for a medical device distributor in federal court in a breach of contract action involving a wholesale distribution agreement. The case was settled on favorable terms following a preliminary injunction hearing.
  • Represented a major healthcare services company in connection with an employee fatality at a warehouse.
  • Acted as lead counsel for a medical device distributor in federal court in a breach of contract and tort action stemming from a distribution agreement with a group purchasing organization. The lawsuit is presently pending.
  • Conducted an investigation of FCA allegations for a major healthcare services company and advised remediation.
Class Actions
  • Obtained dismissal of class claims against a client, a national pharmacy franchiser, relating to franchise agreements prior to class certification. Superior Care Pharmacy v. Medicine Shoppe International, S.D. Ohio.
  • Acted as lead counsel for a national pharmacy franchiser in a putative class action pending in the Central District of California asserting violations of California statutes.
  • Managed the case discovery process and prepared and defended depositions on behalf of an insurance company concerning first-party claims for windshield damage. Obtained a reversal by the Ohio Supreme Court of certified class under Rule 23(b)(2) and (3) of more than 100,000 policyholders during a 22-year class period involving windshield repairs. Trendsetting decision advanced fundamental class certification principles. Cullen v. State Farm Mut. Automobile Ins. Co., __ Ohio St. 3d __, 2013-Ohio-4733.
  • Led the discovery process, including taking and defending all depositions, on behalf of an insurance company in an alleged class action raising claims of breach of contract and bad faith stemming from the adjusting of hail claims. The district court certified claims for roof damage following a hailstorm that would have compelled reinspection of thousands of roofs. The Seventh Circuit reversed the decision, applying groundbreaking principles of class certification under Rule 23(b)(2). Kartman v. State Farm, 634 F.3d 883 (7th Cir. 2010), cert. denied 181 L.Ed.2d 138.
  • Prior to class discovery, persuaded the court to strike class allegations based on claims for hail damage to roofs. The case was then settled on favorable terms. Brunson v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., U.S. Dist. Court for the Western District of Tenn., Case No. 07-CV-2320.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016 to 2018)
    • Columbus: Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2010 to 2017)
  • Columbus CEO: Top Lawyers (2015)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
    • Attorney Admissions Committee (2005 to present)

Community

  • Easter Seals Central and Southeast Ohio: Board Member (2014 to 2017)
  • Leadership Columbus (2007)
  • Central Ohio Crime Stoppers: Board Member (2004 to 2007)
  • City Year Service Alliance (2005 to 2007)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 2002, cum laude; with honors in law; Managing Editor, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution
  • B.S., Business Economics, Miami University, 1999, cum laude