Joseph (“Joe”) E. Ritch received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Georgia Southern University in 1999. He went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2002 where he graduated with honors and published a note on the international Law Journal.
After graduating from law school, Joe obtained his L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida, one of the top Tax Law programs in the country. Joe joined the law firm of Wigington, Rumley, LLP in January of 2007 and after four years of successful representation of the firm’s clients became an equity partner in October 2011.
Joe successfully litigated numerous cases throughout the country and has obtained significant verdicts and settlements. He has litigated cases in Texas, California, Michigan, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, and Ohio. His work on a Texas Dramshop case resulted in the largest dramshop verdict in the State of Texas for 2009.
He has successfully prosecuted various oil and gas well site accidents, against various fortune 500 companies. In addition to oil and gas well site litigation, Joe has expanded his practice into environmental litigation and has worked to represent clients affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. He is also working in connection with air quality groups around the country to combat defectively designed outdoor woodboilers (OWB’s) that pollute the air.
His accomplishments have been featured in Texas Monthly, Verdict Search, Texas Lawyer, and numerous other publications, from Texas to Michigan.
In May of 2014 Joe teamed up with Michael A. Elliott to form the law firm Elliott & Ritch, LLP.