Joseph J. Costello represents employers in a broad range of matters, including ERISA class actions, whistleblower and retaliation litigation, executive terminations, workplace investigations, reductions in force, and noncompete/trade secret disputes. Joe focuses on helping employers achieve their business objectives and avoid litigation, but he also has a successful track record of disposing of lawsuits through motion practice, creative settlements, and trying cases when necessary. As the former leader of the firm’s labor and employment practice (2009–2016), Joe managed more than 250 lawyers across the firm.
Joe represents employers before the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the US Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board, and in federal and state courts in multiple jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Stanford Law School, 1985, J.D.
Cornell University, 1980, M.I.L.R.
Pennsylvania State University, 1978, B.A.
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Tenth Circuits
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Ranked, Labor & Employment, Pennsylvania, Chambers USA (2004–2019)
Recognized, Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive (2010–2019)
Leading Lawyer, Labor and employment: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Leading Lawyer/Recommended, Labor and employment litigation, workplace and employment counseling, The Legal 500 US (2014–2017)
Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (2003–2019)
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Senior Fellow, Wharton School’s Center for Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law