Joe Creed is a principal in Joseph, Greenwald & Laake’s Appellate Group. He has deep experience representing individuals and businesses throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. in complex pre-trial and post-verdict appeals arising from business and commercial disputes, employment litigation and diverse civil litigation matters.
Joe has successfully briefed and argued appeals before every major state and federal court in the region, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Maryland Court of Appeals and Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
In addition to his appellate practice, Joe is a trial lawyer with extensive courtroom experience that gives him valuable insight into how a lower court’s rulings during discovery and trial can impact a client’s strategy and potential outcome on appeal. Clients appreciate Joe’s straightforward communication style, his unvarnished assessment of an appeal’s likelihood of success and his commitment to ensuring clients understand every available option and strategy throughout the appellate process.
Before joining the firm, Joe had the unique opportunity to work as an appellate clerk for the Honorable James A. Kenney, III (Ret.) of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, where he gained an understanding of the inner workings of the appellate process and how different tactics can impact a case on appeal.
NOTABLE APPELLATE CASES
Women First OB/GYN Assocs., LLC v. Harris, 161 A.3d 28 (Md. App. 2017) (affirming plaintiff’s verdict in medical malpractice case).
Jackson v. George, 146 A.3d 405 (D.C. 2016) (affirming verdict for church members who challenged actions by improperly-elected board of trustees).
County Council of Prince George’s County v. Zimmer Dev. Co., 120 A.3d 677 (Md. 2015) (reestablishing limitations on the scope of appellate review of County District Council in local Planning Board matters).
Altadis, U.S.A., Inc. v. Prince George’s County, 65 A.3d 118 (Md. 2013) (striking down a local ordinance that regulated the packaging, sale, and distribution of cigars in the county).
Fidelity First Home Mortgage Co. v. Williams, 56 A.3d 501 (Md. App. 2012) (affirming verdict against a mortgage broker whose agent perpetrated a fraudulent foreclosure rescue scam).
Jones v. State of Maryland, 38 A.3d 333 (Md. 2012) (affirming verdict in a police abuse case against the State for negligent training of sheriff’s deputies).
Prince George’s County v. Longtin, 19 A.3d 859 (Md. 2011) (affirming the then largest ever verdict against Prince George’s County, MD in a police abuse case).
Sillers v. Washington Suburban Sanitary Comm’n, 994 A.2d 411 (Md. 2010) (holding in case of first impression that WSSC is subject to county anti-discrimination ordinance).
Regent University School of Law, J.D., 2005
Tennessee Temple University, B.S., 2002
District of Columbia, 2016
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2007
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2013
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2007
Speeches & Articles
- “Employment Rights of Federal Employees,” MSBA Maryland Employment Law Deskbook, (MSBA, 2014 and 2016)
- "The Proper Forum for Judicial Review of Merit Systems Protection Board Decisions in Mixed Cases," The Federal Lawyer, (August 2014)
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Maryland State Bar Association
Awards & Honors
- SuperLawyers, Maryland Rising Star, 2013