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Joseph Cleemann represents dozens of governmental entities in seven states who are prosecuting pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors in opioid litigation.  He is a seasoned litigator and has extensive experience litigating class actions, complex commercial disputes, and government enforcement actions.


  • City of New Haven v. Purdue Pharma L.P.: Represents Connecticut municipalities suing prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors. Briefed and presented oral argument on complex issues of standing and justiciability.
  • City of Jacksonville v. Purdue Pharma L.P. and City of Worcester v. Purdue Pharma L.P.: Litigates complex jurisdictional disputes arising in the context of multidistrict litigation.
  • Prior to joining Scott+Scott, Joe Cleemann successfully represented defendants in government enforcement actions and private class action litigation alleging that institutions failed to protect patients’ and customers’ personal information from identity theft.
  • Also at his previous firm, Joe Cleemann contributed to the team that successfully won needed reforms for a certified class of Rikers Island inmates in Nunez v. New York.


  • Admitted to practice in New York, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York


  • Brooklyn Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2009)
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (M.S., with honors, 2004)
  • Harvard University (A.B., with honors in History, 1998)