Joseph A. Hargraves Jr.
Joseph A. Hargraves, Jr. is an associate attorney practicing in the firm's litigation group. Joe focuses his practice on civil litigation defense, products liability defense, premises liability defense, toxic tort defense, and asbestos defense. He has extensive experience defending cases in Madison County, Illinois, McLean County, Illinois, and St. Louis City, Missouri as well as counties throughout the State of Illinois and the State of Missouri.
In his role with the firm's toxic torts group, Joe has taken hundreds of depositions effectively representing the interests of clients. He has handled numerous client matters in asbestos litigation with substantial knowledge of several industries and products including: automotive friction products, HVAC products, electrical power distribution products, construction and home improvement products, railroad products, premises including refineries and industrial manufacturing facilities, Navy related equipment, contractors, employers, and industrial manufacturing products. He has extensive experience in McLean County, Illinois handling matters from the initial pleadings through summary judgment, obtaining favorable client results.
Prior to joining Herzog Crebs, he practiced general civil litigation in Missouri and Illinois. He handled family law matters, creditor rights cases, contract disputes, small business litigation, and estate planning. He practiced in small firm settings working diligently to serve the needs of individuals as well as businesses throughout Missouri and Illinois.
Joe received his Juris Doctorate from the Saint Louis University School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Joe lives in St. Louis City with his wife and two year old son. They enjoy attending Cardinals and Blues games in their spare time. They are members of the St. Louis Science Center and the young friends of St. Louis Public Radio. As Southern Illinois natives, they are fans of Saluki basketball and members of the SIUC alumni association. Joe is also a member of the St. Louis Sports Commission Associates.
Areas of Practice
- Asbestos Products Liability Defense
- Premises Liability Defense
- Toxic Tort Defense
- Civil Litigation Defense
- Missouri, 2007
- Illinois, 2008
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2015
- Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
- J.D. - 2007
- Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois
- B.A. cum laude - 2004
- Major: History
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Missouri Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member