Joshua R. Elias

Joshua R. Elias

Director, Commercial & Criminal Litigation

Mr. Elias’s broad-based commercial litigation practice provides problem solving, strategic advice, and counseling to some of the largest financial institutions and insurance companies involved in disputes and litigation in federal and states courts throughout the United States. As a true commercial litigator, Mr. Elias doesn’t limit himself to matters within a particular area of law and has had significant experience in complex tort, commercial litigation, insurance coverage, legal malpractice, and bankruptcy litigation. He possesses the ability to quickly develop in-depth understanding of the matters and legal issues in dispute – no matter what the issue or industry. Clients recognize his capacity to quickly synthesize complex issues and present them to a judge or jury in a clear, precise, and convincing manner, regardless of how convoluted the factual issues or complex the legal issues may be. Mr. Elias’s clients benefit from his years of experience on both sides of the courtroom, including his clerkships in both the federal and state court systems, as well as his deep-rooted commitment to his clients’ needs in each matter he handles.

Mr. Elias’s first priority is always to understand his client’s business inside and out, since the matter in dispute is part of the client’s business, and the outcome will shape its course. His keen understanding of his client’s business objectives drives his litigation strategy, always with the end goal in mind. His approach is to work closely with his client to thoroughly understand the issues and create a customized approach to the defense of the case, balancing the need for a vigorous defense with the practical considerations of cost and impact on his client’s business. Mr. Elias prides himself on aggressive representation without over-reliance on litigation, which can be expensive and time-consuming.

Areas of Focus

Complex Commercial Litigation

With experience encompassing litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country, Mr. Elias’s practice includes:

    • Representation of insurance companies in insurance coverage disputes
    • Contractual disputes
    • Securities litigation
    • Disputes between members of partnerships and closely held corporations
    • Uniform Commercial Code
    • Defense of professional liability claims
    • Enforcement of restrictive convents
    • Challenges to governmental takings and eminent domain
    • Affirmative claims and defense of claims under the civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1961 et seq. (“RICO”)
    • Representation of attorneys in ethics proceedings before the District Ethics Committee, Disciplinary Review Board, and Supreme Court of New Jersey
    • Class action defense in state and federal courts
  • Bankruptcy litigation

Credentials

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.)

Union College (B.A., cum laude)

Professional Admissions

State of New Jersey

State of New York

State of Florida

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

John C. Lifland American Inn of Court

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Law clerk to the Honorable Peter G. Sheridan, U.S.D.J., Newark, NJ

Law clerk to the Honorable John Pisansky, J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey