Joseph Muska
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EMAIL jmuska@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 216.348.5751


Joe brings a committed passion, yet practical approach, to solving clients’ problems in litigation and disputes. As an attorney at McDonald Hopkins LLC, Joe commits to represent clients with integrity and vigor. He takes pride in developing and implementing innovative strategies for clients, enabling them to efficiently achieve their goals.

Joe maintains a diverse practice representing both public and private entities throughout Ohio in federal and state courts.  He represents and advises clients in connection with business and commercial litigation matters, such as contract and cognovit disputes, professional malpractice, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, uniform commercial code disputes, and other civil and business tort actions. Joe also has experience in the prosecution and defense of non-compete, trade secret, and unfair competition claims. In addition to his business litigation and trial experience, Joe also has experience in representing natural gas distribution and transmission companies in civil litigation, including lawsuits involving fires and explosions, natural gas leaks, personal injury claims, and real and personal property damages. Joe’s appellate practice covers every aspect of the appellate process from briefing to oral argument.

Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins LLC, Joe practiced complex litigation nationwide at a prominent Cleveland firm. With an emphasis on multidistrict litigation, he primarily focused on consumer and commercial law class actions, product liability and mass tort litigation. He also practiced business and commercial litigation.

Consistent with the firm’s commitment to community service and charitable support, Joe serves and supports various area charitable and community organizations.

Representative Cases/Matters

  • Represented a Fortune 500 public utility company in real estate disputes and personal and property damage claims throughout Ohio
  • Represented a construction equipment dealer in litigation matters and disputes throughout Ohio
  • Represented a steel fabricator in contract and commercial litigation matters and disputes
  • Represented a publicly traded real estate investment trust in commercial landlord-tenant litigation matters and disputes
  • Represented an insurance brokerage company in a contract and business tort litigation matter
  • Extensive experience in complex commercial class action litigation nationwide, achieving favorable results in multi-state warranty and consumer protection actions
  • Represented a manufacturing company in uniform commercial code dispute involving consequential damages
  • Represented local supplier in contract and construction litigation matters
  • Represented developer in construction litigation matter
  • Represented human resources management company in non-compete and trade secret litigation nationwide
  • Represented local bank in litigation matters
  • Represented private equity company in shareholder litigation matter
  • Represented an industrial landlord in a breach of lease case
  • Represented a natural gas distribution company in a real estate and statutory litigation matter

Admissions - Court

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Admissions - State

  • Ohio


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Xavier University

Honors and Awards

  • Fr. Peter J. Buschmann Award (recognized academic, leadership and service achievements)
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars (2017-2020)

Professional Membership

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Public Service and Volunteerism

  • Board of Trustees Member, Lorain Historical Society
  • St. Edward High School Alumni Association
  • Veterans’ Pro Bono Clinic, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland