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Joseph B. Espo | Brown Goldstein

Joseph Espo

Brown, Goldstein & Levy partner Joseph B. Espo was named to the 2021 Lawdragon 500 leading plaintiff employment and civil rights lawyers guide for employee and civil rights litigation, including disabilities.

The guide, which selects attorneys based on rigorous research, nominations and journalistic vetting, honors top lawyers across the United States who have devoted their careers to representing workers.

The selection recognizes extraordinary achievements in cases involving discrimination and other civil rights matters, wage and hour violations and individual employment claims. Joe was previously designated as one of the 500 leading plaintiff employment and civil rights attorneys nationally by Lawdragon for 2020.

Espo has devoted most of his career to advocating for individuals with disabilities in asserting their rights regarding employment, housing and access to public accommodations. He successfully represented sports fans in their cases against the Washington Football Team’s FedEx Field and the University of Maryland, College Park to gain equal access to all aural content at football and basketball venues.

Espo won summary judgment in favor of a nurse who was rejected for a job by Johns Hopkins Hospital solely on the basis of her being deaf and has successfully represented blind college students who were denied access to communication equally effective as that offered to sighted students. Joe’s disability rights experience also includes representing clients when hospitals failed to provide sign language interpreters during the administration of medical care.