H. Joseph Escher III

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H. Joseph Escher III

Retired Partner

San Francisco | One Bush Street, Suite 1600, San Francisco, CA, United States of America 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.

Education
  • 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
Admissions
  • California, 1979
Clerkships
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Honorable Robert A. Ainsworth
Memberships
  • 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
Speaking Engagements
  • View from the Bench: The Judicial Perspective on Trying a Products Liability Case from Pretrial Issues, Pleadings and Motion Practice to the Trial Phase and Settlement (Part II) — Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation, Chicago, IL (April 28, 2010)
  • Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation — Presented by ACI with Sponsorship by Dechert, Chicago, IL (April 28, 2010)
  • How to Successfully Litigate and Meet Business and Legal Challenges — Presented by Law Journal Seminars with Sponsorship by Dechert, Los Angeles, CA (November 12, 2007)
  • The Pros and Cons of Parallel Class Actions in State and Federal Courts — LSI's How to Successfully Litigate and Meet Business and Legal Challenges Conference, Los Angeles, CA (November 12, 2007)
  • Defending Fraud Claims in Consumer Class Actions — Presented by the American Conference Institute with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (October 15, 2007)
  • Opening Remarks — ACI's Defending Fraud Claims in Consumer Class Actions Conference, New York, NY (October 15, 2007)
  • Unfair Competition and Consumer Fraud Statutes: Recipe for Consumer Fraud Prevention or Fraud on the Consumer? — Manhattan Institute's Center For Legal Policy Conference, New York, NY (October 24, 2002)