University of Maine School of Law
J.D., summa cum laude | 2011
University of Southern Maine
B.A., magna cum laude | 1999
Joseph Talbot is the current President of Perkins Thompson and chair of the firm’s litigation and construction practice groups. Joe’s litigation practice focuses primarily on construction disputes, although he has experience handling cases of all types. As a litigator, Joe regularly appears in both state and federal court, as well as before mediators and arbitrators throughout New England, on behalf of his clients. Joe aims to provide his clients with practical, common-sense advice coupled with aggressive advocacy, all in an effort to efficiently resolve their disputes.
Joe has regularly been selected as a New England Rising Star by Super Lawyers in construction litigation. Joe’s recent construction litigation matters include:
Beyond his litigation practice, Joe advises clients on a wide variety of construction issues (including mechanics’ liens, insurance requirements, payment and performance bonds, delay claims, workmanship claims, and payment disputes) before, during, and after construction. Joe also drafts and reviews contract documents for both commercial and residential projects of all sizes, and provides general counsel services to clients that don’t have their own in-house legal departments. Importantly, Joe understands that his clients have projects to complete and businesses to run, and therefore, always strives to ensure that his advice is practical and compatible with their real-world needs.
Joe also sits on the Board of Directors for Perkins Thompson, assisting with firm management matters and the day-to-day operations of the firm.
Away from work, you can usually find Joe on the sidelines of a soccer field somewhere in New England cheering his daughters on (or sometimes coaching). Joe is a current USSF and US Club Soccer certified licensed coach for the Maine Fusion. Joe’s other interests include running (very slowly), skiing and snowboarding with his wife and two daughters, and taking advantage of the lakes near his family’s home in Windham, Maine.