Joseph G. Baladi was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2000 and the Mississippi Bar in 2001.  Since joining Watkins & Eager, his experience has included numerous pharmaceutical litigations, medical malpractice bench and jury trials, and product liability trials.  Joe is involved in several professional organizations and serves as co-chair of Watkins & Eager's Mass Tort and Repetitive Exposure practice group.  He regularly speaks and presents on the subjects of science at trial, Daubert issues, damages in personal injury cases, and discovery issues.  He also serves the local community as a member of the St. Joseph Catholic School Board. 

Representative Cases

Eldridge v. University of Mississippi Medical Center, 251-09-910 (Hinds Cnty. Cir. Ct. 2012) (defense verdict)

Pierce v. American Optical Corp., 2012-73-CV7 (Jones Cnty. Cir. Ct. 2013) (defense verdict)

Armstrong v. American Optical Corp., 2011-189 (Claiborne Cnty. Cir. Ct. 2013) (defense verdict)

Wachter v. American Optical Corp., 2012-0038 (Washington Cnty. Cir. Ct. 2013) (client voluntarily dismissed with prejudice before last defense witness put on the stand.)

Banks v. American Optical Corp., 251-12-201 (Hinds Cnty. Cir. Ct. 2014) (defense verdict)

Parks v. Altcon, Inc., 161 F. Supp. 2d 645 (M.D.N.C. 2001) (summary judgment granted in case involving pharmaceutical clinical trial)

Langston v. Pangborn Corp., et al. 2014 WL 347718 (S.D. Miss. Jan. 31, 2014) (summary judgment granted in silica case on statute of limitations)

Clanton v. 3M Company, et. al., 251-12-720 (Hinds Cnty. Cir. Ct. 2014) (summary judgement granted in silica case on design defect and failure to warn)

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2018-24, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Lawyer of the Year (2022, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2011–19, Personal Injury Defense: Product Liability)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2009-10, Rising Star) 

Community & Professional

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • St. Joseph Catholic School Board
  • The Mississippi Bar


Juris Doctor: University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, High Honors, 1999

Master's Degree: Business Administration, Millsaps College, 1992

Bachelor's Degree: Business Administration, Millsaps College, 1989