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Languages spoken: English, Maltese

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 75%
    32 years, 85 cases
  2. Medical Malpractice: 15%
    32 years
  3. Mediation: 10%
    14 years

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  • David E. Gruber

    Joe is a superb lawyer who I have known for several decades. He is an individual folks fear on the opposing side of a case. Joe represents people and businesses in very, very substantial and important situations. Joe is truly one of the best lawyers I have ever come across and one of top litigators in the entire country. Most importantly, Joe is a quality and trustworthy individual. I give Joe the very highest of recommendations.


    David Gruber Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Gass Weber Mullins

255 Aragon Avenue.
Second Floor
Miami, FL, 33134


WIGood Standing198903/02/2015
FLMember in Good Standing198406/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
AV ratingMartindale Hubble2014
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2014
Leader in the LawWisconsin Law Journal2013
Best Lawyer ListM Magazine2013
FellowWisconsin Law Foundation2013
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2009
RecognitionWisconsin Super Lawyer2008
RecognitionWisconsin Super Lawyer2007
Wisconsin Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyer2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Best CLE PresentationWisconsin Bar Association2004
Outstanding Pro Bono AttorneyVolunteer lawyers Project Wisconsin2000
Outstanding Pro Bono AttorneyVolunteer Lawyers Project Wisconsin1993
Volunteer Lawyer AwardBay Area Legal Services1988
Pro Bono AwardBay Area Legal Services1985
Outstanding Senior Liberal ArtsMarquette University1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Equity PartnerGonzalez Saggio & Harlan, LLP2006 - Present
PartnerPeterson Johnson & Murray, S.C.1999 - 2005
PartnerHinshaw & Culbertson, LLP1990 - 1999
AssociateCannon & Dunphy, S.C.1988 - 1990
AssociateShear, Newman, Hahn, & Rosenkranz1986 - 1988
AssociateFowler White Boggs Banker1982 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2014 - Present
Wisconsin Law FoundationFellow2013 - Present
Dade County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Claims and Litigation Management AllianceElected Member2012 - Present
Hispanic Professionals of Greater MilwaukeeMember2006 - Present
Hispanic Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1989 - Present
Florida BarMember1984 - Present
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselMember Nominating Committee2010 - 2010
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselChairman2009 - 2012
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselVice Chair Diversity Initiative Committee2008 - 2012
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Drug, Device and Biotechnology SectionVice-Chair2007 - 2008
Defense Research Institute Board of Directors2001 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ruffo v PMFor Plaintiff 85% negligent
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Seattle UniversityN/AMA - MastersN/A
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Litigation Counsel of America 2014 Spring ConferenceHow to Win a Case through Openings: A Live Demonstration with Audience Participation2014
NAMWOLF Annual ConventionTrial by Fire2013
36th Annual Tort UpdateUpdate Law of Professional Liability2013
WISACCA Corporate Counsel SymposiumAvoid Slaps in your Facebook:How to Mitigate Social Media Risks2012
Food Safety SummitFood Safety Trends: The New Tobacco Litigation I. The 21st Century2012
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter Meeting100 Days Before Trial - The Hard Work of Sitting: Thinking about Themes2011
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter MeetingGet Your Facebook out of Myspace2011
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter MeetingPreemption is not dead...Yet2010
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter MeetingDiversity in the Downturn- Keeping Your Diverse Attorneys2010
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter MeetingSophisticated User Defense in Product Liability2010
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Summer MeetingInternational Health Care Debate2010
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter MeetingThe Preemption Wheel Turns - Wyeth v Levine2009
32d Annual Torts UpdateAre Experts Still Required in Nursing Home Litigation2009
Medmarc Panel Counsel Counsel !eetingAnticipating and Dealing with FDA Recalls- A Proactive Approach2008
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter MeetingTake It Back...Or See You In Court--Dealing with the FDA and Ordered Recalls2008
4th Annual Foot and Ankle SymposiumMedicine and Law in The Courtroom- Can You Win?2008
Superstars of Trial SeminarJury Instructions and the Thinking Lawyer2007