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Joseph J. Sadler



University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
  • cum laude
  • Moot Court Board
Indiana University-Bloomington, B.A.
  • English
  • cum laude

Prior Employment

  • Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C., Grand Rapids, MI, Partner, 2017
  • Warner Nocross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids, MI, Partner, 2008-2017
  • Tressler, Soderstrom, Maloney, & Priess LLP, Chicago, IL, Associate, 2005-2008
  • Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP, Chicago, IL, Associate, 2002-2005 

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Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Counsel of Appellate Lawyers

Risk and Insurance Management Society

  • West Michigan Chapter
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Joe Sadler is a partner in the Litigation department who focuses his practice on business and insurance litigation matters and risk management. He is also experienced in trademark and copyright litigation as well as privacy and defamation matters. Joe has served as lead attorney for several high-profile consumer brands during trial and arbitration proceedings.


  • Served as trial counsel for Fortune 100 manufacturers in complex commercial disputes
  • Litigated multimillion-dollar insurance bad faith claims for both policyholders and insurer clients
  • Handled trademark and copyright lawsuits in courts across the U.S., as well as Trademark Trial and Appeal Board registrations and oppositions
  • Served as lead litigation attorney for a leading luxury consumer brand, supervising Michigan lawsuits from 2010 to 2013
  • Formed and managed captive insurance companies and risk pools and prepared incorporating documents, bylaws, policies, financing documents, reinsurance agreements, and associated contracts
  • Drafted surplus lines and exotic risk insurance policies, particularly in the political risk, cyber liability, and environmental risk contexts


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