H. Joseph Escher III


H. Joseph Escher III


San Francisco | One Bush Street, Suite 1600, San Francisco, CA 94104-4446
+1 415 262 4545 | +1 415 262 4555

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Joe Escher is a partner in Dechert’s complex commercial litigation practice, and managing partner of the firm's San Francisco office. In his 37 years of practicing business litigation, Mr. Escher has litigated a broad spectrum of disputes, including consumer class actions, mass tort and personal injury and unfair competition cases. He has significant experience in both trial and appellate matters.

Recent major client representations include Golden Living, John Hancock Life Insurance, Associa, Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc., Takata Corporation, and Fillmore Capital Partners. Mr. Escher has also argued many appeals, including the Fifth Circuit’s recent reversal of orders denying arbitration in the nursing home context.

In 2013, The Legal 500 United States recognized Mr. Escher for his mass torts defense work. He has also been described by clients in Legal 500 as “extremely smart and strategic.” Since 2004, Mr. Escher has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer and recognized since 2012 as a leading attorney by Best Lawyers in America for mass tort class action litigation.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Escher was the litigation department chair of a major San Francisco law firm.

  • Stanford University, B.A., 1974
  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1977, cum laude, Order of the Coif and Comments Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review
  • California, 1979
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Honorable Robert A. Ainsworth
  • Former litigation department chair of a major San Francisco law firm
  • Appellate Committee of the Civil Justice Association of California
Rankings and Recognition
  • Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2004