Commercial Litigation and Arbitration


The disputes JHA handles range the gamut of complex financial and commercial litigation and arbitration, including securities, RICO, corporate and contract disputes, credit default swaps, derivatives, and class, mass, and derivative actions. The firm also represents law firms in major disputes.

A few sample representations include:

  • Defending the owners/former officers/directors of a pharmaceutical manufacturer in hundreds of lawsuits seeking hundreds of billions in damages
  • Defending the former CEO and Chairman of an international automobile manufacturer in securities and enforcement litigations contesting vehicle emission disclosures
  • Winning defense verdict in $800 million malpractice/fiduciary duty arbitration against major law firm (bankruptcy, fiduciary duty, complex commercial transactions)
  • Obtaining dismissal of alleged $270 malpractice claim against law firm (RICO)
  • Obtaining dismissal of $1.2 billion RICO actions by corporation and investors against former management
  • Obtaining a $268 million judgment in a complex credit default swap/derivatives dispute between major financial institutions
  • Defending a plaintiffs’ class action firm in class action malpractice litigation seeking $1 billion in damages
  • On plaintiffs’ Executive Committee obtaining a $1.2 billion settlement for insurers arising out of 9/11
  • Obtaining reversal of litigation sanctions in multiple appeals
  • Conducting internal investigations on behalf of multinational company into its foreign subsidiaries’ dealings with a governmental oil producer and on behalf of the special litigation committee of major funds into related party matters

National Law Journal, May 23, 2011:
“Joseph’s New York firm has a definable ‘sweet spot,’ big-dollar complex financial transactions, involving the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and securities claims, credit default swaps and derivatives — a veritable chocolate box of the financial cases of the past decade.”