Throughout his career, Joe Dearing has managed teams of in-house and outside counsel focused on achieving successful results in the most practical and
efficient manner possible. Joe has over twenty years
of experience managing complex litigation, including
high stakes patent infringement lawsuits and cross
border shareholder class action matters.
Joe leads the UnitedLex Intellectual Property business,
which focuses on partnering with both corporations
and law firms in order to drive value and advance our
clients’ IP strategies. He is also active in the UnitedLex
Academic practice area.
Joe has also been actively involved in M&A
transactions, including Avaya’s $900M acquisition of
the Nortel Enterprise business. Joe has negotiated
multi-billion dollar licensing and technology
procurement agreements with global companies such
as Sprint, Telefonica and Telecom Italia. Joe also led
Nortel’s arbitration, lobbying and mediation efforts in
D.C. and Bogota that resulted in a successful
settlement of a $600M lawsuit against the Colombian
Before joining UnitedLex, Joe served as Assistant
General Counsel for IP at Toshiba Global Commerce, a
Toshiba and IBM company, and before that as a senior
lawyer at Avaya and Nortel, where among other
things Joe had global responsibility for supervising and
managing all of Nortel’s litigation.
Joe began his legal career at Steel Hector & Davis in
Miami, Florida after receiving his law degree from
Columbia Law School in 1992.