Joseph Maselli Jr. is a full-time mediator, having recently retired as a partner from the law firm he co-founded in 1981, Plauché Maselli Parkerson LLP. His law practice was devoted to the litigation of casualty claims, including premises liability, auto liability, product liability, and a myriad of general liability claims. While the majority of his work was defense-oriented, he has represented numerous plaintiffs over the years in a wide variety of cases. He remains affiliated with his firm in an “Of Counsel” capacity.
Mr. Maselli graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Economics and spent the following two years in the United States Army, serving as a medical corpsman. He then graduated from the Tulane University Law School in 1974 and entered private practice immediately with the firm of Kronlage, Dittman and Caswell, the successor to Landrieu, Calogero and Kronlage, remaining there until co-founding Plauché & Maselli, later known as Plauché Maselli Parkerson LLP. He has been exclusively involved in litigation matters since that time. He has tried numerous cases in all of the district courts of Louisiana and in a majority of the federal district courts. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana, all U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Over the past 30 years, he has resolved hundreds of cases through mediation.
Over his career, Mr. Maselli has served as a delegate to the Louisiana Bar Association as well as a director of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has lectured on trial practice at conferences sponsored by the LSBA and the LADC. He also has taught Trial Advocacy as adjunct faculty at Tulane Law School. For over 15 consecutive years, he has been selected by his peers as a “Best Lawyer” and “Super Lawyer” in a variety of litigation fields, including “Bet the Company.”
Mr. Maselli is married to Donna Rutledge Maselli, a former lawyer and current interior decorator. He has two daughters, a stepdaughter and two granddaughters. He likes to say he is “surrounded by women” with the exception of his loyal dog, Louis.