Joe Mays' practice is concentrated on business litigation, especially antitrust, securities and shareholder litigation, government procurement fraud litigation, professional liability, and white collar criminal defense. Joe has tried more than a dozen cases to jury verdict in the last decade and has also been involved in numerous arbitration proceedings. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the field of business litigation.
Joe has extensive experience in representing major accounting firms. His cases in that area have extended to both tax and audit issues as well as claims involving alleged securities fraud. Joe has been involved in the trial of at least four accounting malpractice cases.
American Bar Foundation, Fellow Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2010-2022 Business Litigation, 2003-2006 Commercial Litigation, 2006-2022 Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2007-2022 Litigation – Antitrust, 2011-2022 Litigation and Controversy – Tax, 2011-2022 "Lawyer of the Year," Birmingham, Litigation – Antitrust, 2015, 2020 "Lawyer of the Year," Birmingham, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2017 "Lawyer of the Year," Birmingham, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, 2022 Listed in Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star," Alabama, 2011-2021 Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2016-2021 Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2009-2015 Walter P. Gewin Award, Alabama State Bar for contributions to Continuing Legal Education, 1997 Listed in B-Metro “Top Lawyers,” 2016-2020 Listed in BHM BIZ “Top Lawyers,” 2016 Grand Slam Club/Ovis v. International Sheep Hunters Association, CV 2:06cv4643-SLB (N.D. Ala. 2010) We successfully represented Grand Slam/Ovis on its claims of copyright and trademark infringement as well as intentional tortious interference with business and in defending against claims of tortious interference and breach of contract. After a two week jury trial in January 2008, the jury rendered verdicts for our client on all counts, and awarded our client damages totaling $1.9 million. The court denied defendants’ numerous post-trial motions and entered a permanent injunction in favor of our client. Pursuant to a settlement agreement that avoided an appeal, the court entered a modified injunction in December 2010 and released $1,650,000 to our client from defendants’ cash bond. Litigation against corporate senior management Represents Healthsouth Corporation in matters relating to claims against former senior management officials. Summary judgment Represented Raytheon Corporation (Beech Division) in obtaining summary judgment in a case involving the crash of an airplane. Upholding an arbitration award against claims of misconduct Successfully represented Capstone Development Corporation in a trial seeking to uphold an arbitration award against claims of misconduct by the arbitrator.