May 24, 2017
Class Action Settlement – Short, et al. v. Churchill Benefit Corporation/Yurcor Daniel Short, et al. v. Churchill
Joe has a peer review rating of “AV Preeminent” from Martindale-Hubbell. That rating is awarded only to experienced attorneys who achieve the highest ratings for legal ability and ethical standards.
Joe’s experience and abilities as a class action lawyer also have been recognized by numerous courts: “Joseph N. Kravec, Jr. [has] significant experience litigating class actions… [has] been found adequate by other courts… [and has] provided diligent and competent representation.” Zeno v. Ford Motor Company, Inc., 238 F.R.D. 173, 188 (W.D. Pa. 2006) (citing Varacallo v. Massachusetts Mutual Life Ins. Co., 226 F.R.D. 207, 233 (D.N.J. 2005); In re Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. Sales Practices Litigation, 1999 WL 33957871, at *21 (W.D. Pa., Dec. 28, 1999)). Judge Ronald M. Whyte, who presided over a hotly contested class action lasting seven (7) years where Joe was primary counsel arguing to the Court, said: “This case was well litigated through multiple motions to dismiss, class certifications, summary judgment, and other motions.” Spears v. First American eAppraiseIT, 2015 WL 1906126 (N.D. Cal., April 27, 2015).
Joe graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, 1989 cum laude, and from the Duquesne University School of Law, 1993. He is admitted to practice law before the Courts of Pennsylvania, New York, the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia and Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the Third, Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. Joe is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). He was a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award.
Joe is the past Chair of the Insurance Law Section for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Joe has also served as both a speaker and moderator in numerous educational programs for national and regional audiences conducted by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and American Association for Justice. Joe has authored numerous papers and articles published in a variety of legal publications. Included among those published articles are “AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion’s Impact on Compulsory Arbitration in Insurance Cases,” published in Insurance Law Section; American Association for Justice, Spring 2012, “Rise of Lender’s Force Placed Insurance,” American Association for Justice, July 2009; and “Reliance And Consumer Insurance Fraud,” published in Insurance Law Section, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Fall 2001.