Joshua Margolin


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Joshua Margolin is a seasoned litigator with experience in a wide array of complex commercial and financial disputes.

Named a “Rising Star” by New York Metro Super Lawyers, Joshua has litigated, arbitrated and mediated matters involving complex financial products, securities fraud, corporate governance, mergers, natural resources, real estate, insurance, contracts and employment. He has successfully argued before trial and appellate courts, and has extensive experience achieving favorable results through mediation.

Representative Matters

  • AIG v Bank of America, N.A.: Represented AIG in multi-billion dollar claims against Wall Street sponsors of residential mortgage-backed securities, achieving public settlement of Bank of America suit for $650 million and successful confidential resolutions of additional claims.
  • Alix v. McKinsey & Co.: Representing McKinsey & Co., a worldwide management consulting firm, against claims by Jay Alix, founder of consulting firm AlixPartners, and Mar-Bow Partners, a company founded by Jay Alix, challenging McKinsey’s Chapter 11 disclosures under Rule 2014.
  • Fortis Advisors v. J&J: Representing former stockholders of the robotic medical devices company Auris Health in a $2.3 billion dollar earn-out suit against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon in the Delaware Court of Chancery, in an action centered around the acquiror’s post-merger failures to achieve regulatory and net sales milestones.
  • Cerberus Capital Management v. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce: Representing private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management in a $1.1 billion breach of contract action against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, one of Canada’s largest banks. The dispute concerns multiple complex structured finance transactions backed by credit default swaps, CDOs, and RMBS.
  • Davis v. Scottish Re: Represented MassMutual in corporate governance suit arising out of its investment in Scottish Re, twice achieving dismissal of all claims with both rulings successfully upheld on appeal.
  • U.S. Bank v. Merrill Lynch Mortgage Lending Inc.: Representing U.S. Bank as trustee and investors in seeking recovery for Merrill Lynch’s breaches of representations and warranties.
  • ResCap bankruptcy litigation: Represented Rescap bankruptcy trust in suits against dozens of loan originators for indemnity and breaches of contract, achieving settlements to date of $590 million.
  • Ambac Military Housing Litigation: Represented Ambac in seven lawsuits pending across the country arising from Ambac’s provision of financial guaranty insurance to various military housing projects.

Recognized as an industry thought leader, Joshua is frequently called upon to provide legal commentary on emerging issues and key legal decisions for the Wall Street Journal, Reorg, Bloomberg and other financial publications.

Joshua also maintains an active public interest practice. Anticipating that the Covid-19 pandemic would lead to an unprecedented number of new absentee voters, he led a team, along with Campaign Legal Center and League of Women Voters, that filed a lawsuit urging a change in New York’s absentee ballot verification requirements in time for the 2020 General Election. Joshua’s work helped secure passage of a bill by the New York State Senate – which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo – that gave voters an opportunity to resolve challenges to their absentee ballots by providing notice if their ballot was in danger of rejection. His efforts to safeguard voting rights were recognized by The Financial Times, which shortlisted him for its top prize in "Social Justice and the Rule of Law."

Additionally, Joshua recently represented clean energy advocacy group Vote Solar before the State of Utah Public Service Commission to determine the value customer generators receive for exporting solar energy to the power grid. The Commission ruled in favor of an export credit significantly above Rocky Mountain Power’s proposed rate, which, if approved, would have ceased all residential solar development in Utah.

He also serves on the New York City Bar Association's Lawyer Assistance Program, which provides resources and support to members of the legal community who are struggling with mental health issues.

Joshua earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was on the Dean’s List. He clerked for Chancellor William B. Chandler and Vice-Chancellor John W. Noble of the Delaware Court of Chancery.

  • New York University School of Law (J.D., 2004)
  • Tufts University (B.A., International Relations, 2001)

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Of Counsel, 2015-2018
Associate, 2011-2015

Katsky Korins
Associate, 2007-2011

Weil Gotshal & Manges
Associate, 2005-2007

Law Clerk to Chancellor William B. Chandler and Vice-Chancellor John W. Noble
Delaware Court of Chancery, 2004-2005

  • State Bar of New York
  • United States District Court: Southern District of New York