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Joe Roselius

Joe Roselius


Joe Roselius is an experienced trial lawyer who helps his clients manage risk, meet their business objectives, and protect and defend their commercial interests in business disputes, governmental investigations, and bankruptcy proceedings.

His broad commercial litigation practice includes restructuring litigation, healthcare litigation, and False Claims Act and whistleblower litigation and investigations. Joe represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies in various business disputes. Joe represents debtors, creditors, and creditors' committees in various bankruptcy disputes. In the healthcare sector, he advises clients on provider-payer disputes, antitrust issues, and Medicare/Medicaid compliance issues. Joe also represents both relators and companies in qui tam disputes under the federal and state False Claims Act and the Illinois Insurance Claim Fraud Prevention Act. He advises clients in other complex commercial disputes, including consumer class actions and cross-border matters for international clients from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Joe also has experience with direct defense of aging services facilities in lawsuits asserting professional liability, personal injury, negligence, elder abuse, wrongful death and other related claims.

Joe is actively involved in DLA Piper's internal governance, recruiting, and pro bono activities. He is the Chicago Office Recruiting Lead (formerly known as Hiring Partner). He previously served as the co-chair of associate recruiting and training for DLA Piper's Business and Commercial Litigation subgroup and on the national hiring committee for litigation. In addition to representing individual pro bono clients, Joe is a board member of the Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts and the School for Little Children in Evanston, Illinois.

Bar admissionsIllinois
CourtsUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fifth CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Seventh CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitUnited States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including the Trial Bar)United States District Court for the Southern District of IllinoisUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


Bankruptcy and Restructuring Litigation
  • Represented the Chapter 7 Trustee of a Singapore-based private jet company, prosecuting adversary proceedings asserting commercial bribery and kickback scheme
  • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 proceedings of a major consumer goods manufacturer
  • Represented institutional investment firm in dispute with bankrupt cryptocurrency lending company
  • Represented shopping center REIT in Chapter 11 proceedings and related litigation
  • Represented consortium of lenders in cross-border insolvency proceedings across five countries with $1 billion at stake
Healthcare, Whistleblower and False Claims Act
  • Represented and advised multiple relators regarding whistleblower and qui tam lawsuits
  • Represented healthcare practice in a dispute with practice management company
  • Won dismissal with prejudice of qui tam claims under False Claims Act against government subcontractor for improperly painting military vehicles. U.S. ex rel. Westbrook v. Navistar, Inc., 2012 WL 10649207 (N.D. Tex. Jul. 11, 2012), aff'd sub nom. U.S. ex rel. Spicer v. Westbrook, 751 F.3d 354 (5th Cir. 2014)
  • Represented Midwestern grocery store chain in qui tam action under False Claims Act alleging anti-kickback violations and retaliation against former pharmacist whistleblower
  • Represented leading health information technology company in qui tam action under False Claims Act alleging upcoding and Medicare and Medicaid fraud
  • Represented dental support organization accused of violating Medicaid regulations and retaliating against whistleblower
  • Represented a large Midwestern hospital network in an antitrust action
  • Represented top-five health insurer in significant provider-payor disputes, putative class actions, and Department of Labor investigation
  • Represented top-five health insurer in ERISA litigation involving alleged violations of state confidentiality statutes
  • Conducted investigation of fraud and embezzlement allegations at a major private university
  • Conducted investigation of allegations of bribery and FCPA violations in Eastern Europe
Other Business and Commercial Disputes
  • Represented national retailer in series of disputes with Korean, Vietnamese, and Mexican suppliers
  • Represented chemical company in bet-the-company trade secrets dispute spanning the United States, the Netherlands, and Turkey
  • Represented workers compensation insurer in putative Illinois Consumer Fraud Act class action
  • Represented workers' compensation insurer in series of nationwide putative class actions and individual disputes asserting violations of insurance regulations and Illinois Consumer Fraud Act
  • Used a non-traditional litigation strategy to win summary judgment and affirmance on appeal for Chicago real estate developer in breach of contract action, allowing new deal to move forward without litigation delays
  • Won dismissal with prejudice of breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, and aiding and abetting claims against unlisted REIT and its directors and officers for allegedly inflating the value of the REIT's shares, pushing through an allegedly ill-timed listing and public offering, and other misrepresentations to shareholders. Sadler v. Retail Properties of America, Inc., 2014 WL 2598804 (N.D. Ill. June 10, 2014)
  • Won dismissal with prejudice of securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims against unlisted REIT, its sponsor, and its directors and officers for allegedly inflating the value of the REIT's shares. Hohenstein v. Behringer Harvard REIT I, Inc., 2014 WL 1265949 (N.D. Tex. Mar. 27, 2014)
  • Won dismissal of false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, defamation, and conspiracy claims against several Qatari and Kuwaiti companies and leading businessmen relating to disputes with American CEO. Beydoun v. Wataniya Restaurants Holding, Q.S.C., 2013 WL 7965823 (E.D. Mich. Sept. 25, 2013), aff'd, 768 F.3d 499 (6th Cir. 2014)
  • Won reversal of trial court's order holding reporter in contempt for refusing to disclose confidential source. People v. McKee, 2014 IL App (3d) 130696
  • Represented two of world's leading airlines in a multi-billion-dollar dispute with the City of Chicago over expansion of O'Hare International Airport
  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law 2009
    Northwestern University Law Review
  • B.A., Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2006


  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2023-24

Pro Bono

Joe also maintains an active pro bono practice and has been recognized both by the firm and by outside organizations for his work on improving access to justice and reducing procedural barriers for low-income and indigent individuals. Joe sits on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts. Some of his recent pro bono representations involved improving criminal justice data sharing in Cook County, ensuring indigent criminal defendants were not forced to choose between receiving appointed counsel and posting bail, and preventing procedural abuses of low-income and pro se litigants in eviction court.

Prior Experience

Before joining DLA Piper, Joe served as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago in the Federal Civil Rights Litigation division.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association