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Joseph W. Uhl

Of Counsel    P: (248) 679.8711    E: uhl@spplawyers.com   linkedin

Joseph UhlPassionate, authentic, sincere. Spending more than 25 years living and traveling to some of the world’s most impoverished areas and living with some of the world’s most oppressed minority groups, Joe holds unique insight into the dynamics of power and the effects of misused power. With this insight Joe relentlessly and compassionately advocates on behalf of his clients in employment and civil rights matters.

Joe provides litigation support, and draws on decades of expertise in the field to assist Salvatore Prescott & Porter in assessing and resolving complex cases.  Joe graduated with honors from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy and a M.A. in Philosophy. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University. Prior to joining Salvatore Prescott & Porter, Joe was a Senior Associate at Miller Canfield in Detroit, where his legal practice focused on complex employment litigation in federal and state court for Fortune 500 companies and public institutions. During his tenure there, Joe earned Detroit’s Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2012).

Joseph Uhl standingIn 2013 Joe paused his busy legal practice to work with farmers in China, Taiwan, and India, a journey that would lead him to introduce to North America some of the world’s finest and most exotic handmade teas.  Joe later launched Joseph Wesley Tea Importers and in 2016 authored The Art and Craft of Tea: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Selecting, Brewing, and Serving Exquisite Tea. The common theme in Joe’s passion for tea and the practice of law is the pursuit of excellence.

Awards / Recognition / Speaking

  • Detroit’s Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2012)
  • Princeton-In-Asia Fellow (2000-2001)
  • Frequent speaker at tea and literary shows throughout the United States
  • Co-founder of Detroit’s Annual Marche Du Nain Rouge

Bar Admissions

Joe is a member of the state of Michigan Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Bar.

Words from our clients

I hired Ms. Chaney to negotiate a settlement with my employer after an unexpected termination. She was professional, responsive and kind. She is able to piece together information to determine my history of the working relationships between myself and work colleagues in order to develop the best achievable outcome for me. This insight was the most impressive and made me realize how fortunate I was to have been referred to her … This was the most difficult experience of my career and Ms. Chaney helped me navigate it with compassion and understanding … I will have Ms. Chaney review any and all employment contracts for me in the future to avoid making the mistakes I have made this time without her.