Overview

Joe Tanner solves product liability issues for global and regional companies. He is experienced in complex litigation and trials, multidistrict litigation (MDL), and national defense coordination, as well as finding business solutions through alternative dispute resolution, regulatory compliance and risk avoidance strategies. Joe leads Faegre Baker Daniels' nationally ranked product liability and environmental group.  

Product Expertise

Joe defends numerous products throughout the United States and Canada including:

  • Medical devices—Joe serves as national trial and MDL counsel to one of the largest worldwide medical device manufacturers
  • Pharmaceuticals    
  • Consumer products
  • Aquatic products
  • Industrial machinery
  • Food products
  • Motor and recreational vehicles and components

International Litigation

Joe has handled numerous international disputes and arbitrations in Canada, Europe and China. He also counsels Chinese clients that have international business ventures and U.S. clients that have interests in China.

Recall Guidance

Joe is experienced in managing regulatory recalls and counseling on regulatory compliance. He has handled recalls involving the CPSC, NHTSA and FDA, as well as unregulated recalls.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Indiana

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Education

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. summa cum laude, Indiana Law Review (executive editor) (1987)

Miami University (Ohio)
B.A. (1984)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Product Liability Advisory Council — Sustaining Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Indianapolis American Inn of Court

Civic Activities

  • University High School of Indiana — Board of Trustees
  • Zionsville Rotary Club — Past President
  • Zionsville Youth Soccer Association — Board Member and Past President
  • Zionsville Sports Alliance — Past Chair
  • Boys and Girls Club of Zionsville — Former Board Member
  • International Center of Indianapolis, Inc. — Former Member and Past President

Honors

  • Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers — General Commercial Litigation, 2015-17
  • Indiana Lawyer — Distinguished Barrister Award, 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Product Liability Defense, 2007-19
  • Benchmark Litigation Products Liability, 2008-14
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013-18; Civil Litigation Defense, 2008-12
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