Joel Fyke

Joel Fyke







  • Stanford University, J.D.
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, M.A. Fundamental Rights
  • University of Mississippi, B.A. International Studies

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2014
  • Mississippi, 2015
  • U.S. District Courts for Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Having lived in three different countries, Joel Fyke is no stranger to the concept of broadening one's horizons, and his experiences living abroad among different cultures and working several unique jobs before pursuing law school instilled in him an understanding of the satisfaction that comes with working through complex issues.  Joel brings the fruits of these experiences to bear on the problems of complex civil litigation, working with others on his team to attack new problems from a variety of angles and reexamine old issues from a fresh perspective.

Joel also supports the growth and development of FormanWatkins through his involvement with the Technology and Marketing Committees, strengthening both the firm's internal processes and its outreach to clients.  As a family man, Joel is driven to work hard for others, and as an attorney he is compelled by the intellectual challenge of his work to always go a step further. For him, it's all about sitting in the war room, bouncing ideas off of colleagues, taking that extra step to get the best solution possible for his clients. After a long day at the office, Joel enjoys reading, playing the banjo, and spending time with his wife and little girl.

Professional Recognition

Important Litigation Involvement

  • Conducted oral argument and drafted briefing as lead appellate counsel for Fortune 500 client before Pennsylvania Superior Court in defense of summary judgment in products liability action. Lamson v. Georgia-Pacific, LLC, et al., No. 1459-EDA-2018 (opinion forthcoming)
  • Currently serves as national coordinating counsel for asbestos claims of two Fortune 500 companies, litigating product and premises liability claims, developing national and jurisdictional defense strategy, and negotiating settlements
  • Drafted summary judgment briefing, resulting in grant of summary judgment for alleged environmental exposure claims; Boyer v. Weyerhaeuser Co., 2016 WL 705233 (W.D. Wis. Feb. 19, 2016)
  • Served on team representing coaches in factual development and investigation, preparation for NCAA interviews, and drafted individual response to notices of allegation; NCAA Committee on Infractions

Professional Recognition

  • Mid-South Rising Star, Super Lawyers

Law School Honors & Awards

  • Truman Scholar
  • Pro Bono Distinction
  • Teaching Assistant to Suzanne McKechnie Klahr
  • Assistant to Dr. Joan Petersilia
  • Stanford Law & Policy Review, Associate Editor

Previous Experience

  • Federal Appellate Clerkship

Organizations/Committee Membership

  • American Bar Association


  • “Direct-to-Consumer 3D Printing Protection: Searching for a Predictable Liability Regime,” For the Defense, DRI, Vol. 58, No. 11, November 2016. View Article