Joy C. Fuhr Partner

Joy defends manufacturers and energy producers. She focuses on public and private nuisance, environmental, climate change, toxic tort, and product liability claims. She serves as national counsel and lead lawyer for Fortune 500 Companies in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Joy joined McGuireWoods after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert F. Chapman on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is the national chair of the firm’s Women Lawyers Network. She has also served on the firm’s Board of Partners and Associates Committee.

Joy was Princeton’s first All-American in women’s tennis and is a member of the school’s Silver Anniversary Team. A seven-time First-Team All-Ivy selection she is a four-time recipient of Princeton’s Most Valuable Player Award. She played several years on the WTA Professional Tour.

Experience

Burton et, al. v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Inc.—Reversal by the Seventh Circuit of jury verdict for brain injury claims brought under Wisconsin’s risk contribution doctrine

Bell v. WestRock-Defense of private nuisance class action brought in the Eastern District of Virginia for dust contamination

Meier et. al. v. Chesapeake Operating LLC-Dismissal of claims for increased insurance premiums arising from Oklahoma earthquakes

Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating LLC—Dismissal of statewide RCRA claims arising from wastewater disposal in Oklahoma

County of Santa Clara v. Atlantic Richfield Co.-- Defense verdict in California public nuisance action seeking state-wide abatement of lead paint

I. DuPont de Nemours v. Chemtura Corporation—Prosecution of contract claims arising from asset acquisition in Arkansas.

Godoy v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co—Dismissal of brain damage claims brought under Wisconsin’s risk contribution doctrine

State of Ohio v. Sherwin-Williams Company—Dismissal of public nuisance action seeking statewide abatement of lead paint brought by Ohio Attorney General.

Thomas v. Mallett-Defense verdict in brain damage claim brought under Wisconsin’s risk contribution doctrine

City of Toledo v. Sherwin-Williams Company—Dismissal of Ohio public nuisance action seeking statewide abatement of lead paint.

State of Rhode Island v. Lead Industries Association-- Successful defense of Rhode Island public nuisance claims seeking state-wide abatement of lead paint.

In Re: Lead Paint Litigation—Dismissal of New Jersey public nuisance action filed by twenty-six municipalities seeking abatement of lead paint

City of Chicago v. Am. Cyanamid Co.—Dismissal of Illinois public nuisance action seeking city-wide abatement of lead paint.

City of St. Louis v. Benjamin Moore & Co.—Dismissal of Missouri public nuisance action seeking city-wide abatement of lead paint.

Spring Branch Independent School District v. NL Industries, Inc.—Dismissal of Texas school-district claims seeking district-wide lead paint abatement

Phillips v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours--Dismissal of defense of claims brought in Alabama for brain damage

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Woodward/White, Inc., 2022

Named to "Legal Elite," Environmental Law, Virginia Business, 2016

Recipient, Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), 2015

Recipient, DuPont Women Lawyers Network (DWLN) Outstanding Member Award, 2012

  • William & Mary Law School, JD, Order of the Coif
  • Princeton University, BA

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Bar Association of the City of Richmond

Member, Defense Research Institute

Member, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Member, National Association of Women Lawyers

  • Author, "Connecticut v. AEP: The New Normal?," Natural Resources & Environment, Spring 2010
  • Author, "EPA Proposes Additional Limitations on OP Pesticides to Protect Salmon and Steelhead in the Pacific Northwest," American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee Newsletter, December 2009
  • Author, "Applicability of EPA’s and Washington State’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rules for Agriculture, Livestock and Food Processing Operations," American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Agricultural Management Committee Newsletter, December 2009
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