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Joshua J. Pollack

Joshua Pollack is an accomplished attorney in the firm's Los Angeles office who focuses his practice on insurance recovery and counseling on behalf of policyholders as well as complex business litigation matters. He represents clients in a broad range of industries, including financial institutions, hedge funds, manufacturing, real estate, entertainment, retail, banking, and hospitality.

In the area of insurance recovery and counseling, Josh has significant experience representing policyholders in disputes with insurance companies and litigating coverage matters in federal and state courts across the country. Josh represents policyholders seeking coverage under a wide variety of policy types, including directors and officers, errors and omissions, employment practices liability, property, excess, umbrella, environmental, life, business interruption, product recall, builder's risk, musical instrument, and commercial general liability. Josh also counsels clients with regard to designing pre-litigation insurance coverage strategies and conducts policy reviews and analyses.

Josh has extensive and deep experience handling a broad range of general, complex commercial litigation matters for corporate and individual clients. He has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, unfair competition, false advertising, civil RICO, and trademark and copyright infringement.

Representative Matters

Insurance Coverage

  • Represented numerous insurance trusts in a series of lawsuits against life insurers throughout the United States in which the insurers were attempting to invalidate hundreds of millions of dollars of life insurance policies by asserting that they involved secondary market stranger-owned or investor-owned life insurance. These cases involved numerous legal issues of first impression and important industry-wide economic and business issues.
  • Represented a seller of high-quality Oriental rugs and tapestries in prosecuting claims against its first-party property insurers.
  • Represented a university-affiliated medical center in AAA arbitration against its stop-loss insurance carrier for reimbursement of millions of dollars in medical claims.
  • Represented the former operator of an aluminum manufacturing plant in litigation against insurers to recover costs of remediating a TCE plume and settling related toxic tort claims.
  • Represented the former owner of a 1000-acre site in prosecuting claims against insurers under "cost cap" and EIL policies. 
  • Represented the owner of a shopping center in litigation against its property insurer to recover substantial losses and damages, including lost business income and construction-related costs, resulting from a fire at the shopping center. 

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Second chaired a three-week federal jury trial on behalf of a Japanese animation company in a multi million-dollar contract dispute against a prominent trading card producer, resulting in a positive settlement for the client; conducted many of the direct and cross examinations at trial.
  • Second chaired an eight-day AAA arbitration hearing on behalf of a global brand management company in a dispute involving the rights and revenues associated with a major children's literary property.
  • Defeated class certification in defense of a manufacturer in a putative class action in which damages were alleged to exceed $750 million; the parties subsequently reached a settlement pursuant to which the manufacturer paid no money to plaintiffs.
  • Defended a former officer of Lehman Brothers in connection with California litigation arising from the Lehman bankruptcy; all claims against the former officer were dismissed with prejudice twice on demurrer.
  • Represented an Israeli company defending claims asserting entitlement to sales commissions in perpetuity; principal architect and drafter of a successful summary judgment motion that secured dismissal of all claims based on a novel statute of limitations theory.
  • Defended car and truck rental companies against substantial putative class action claims in California regarding the companies' refueling charges, resulting in a positive settlement for the clients.
  • Primary drafter of briefs in a Second Circuit appeal on behalf of a gold mining, development, and exploration company.
  • Defended a California-based bank in litigation involving allegations of fraudulent transfers, fraud and unfair competition. 
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of a Cuban-origin rum distributor in litigation involving claims of trademark infringement, trade name infringement, and unfair competition.
  • Defended a shareholder accused of civil RICO violations for allegedly disparaging a New York corporation and its founder and majority shareholder.
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of a French tobacco company in litigation involving complex swap transactions and the sale of financial derivatives.

Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Won motion to dismiss on behalf of all defendants in a copyright infringement action on the novel ground of forum non conveniens due to the fact that the plaintiff had entered into a prior agreement with defendants' affiliate containing a forum selection clause. 
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of most of the major motion picture studios and the four major television networks in their technology copyright action against ReplayTV, a distributor of personal video recorders. 
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of a Cuban-origin rum distributor in litigation involving claims of trademark infringement, trade name infringement and unfair competition. 

Court Memberships

  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Events

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
    • Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Website Co-Editor
  • Young Israel of Century City, Officer, Executive Board Member and Member of Legal Committee 

Publications

  • Co-Author, Insurance Take 5, ABA Section of Litigation Newsletter, March 2013
  • Co-Author, Surviving the Rise in Natural Disasters, Law360, December 14, 2011
  • Co-Author, Piracy’s Impact on Insurance, Risk Management September 2009
  • Co-Author, Chinese Drywall Litigation Heating Up, Law360, July 21, 2009
  • Co-Author, Preparing for the UIDDA’s New Rules for Foreign Depositions, Los Angeles Lawyer, December 2008
  • Co-Author, The Law of Organizational Depositions, California Bar Journal, March 2008

Presentations

  • Speaker, D&O Insurance: Government Investigations & Requests for Information, Lathrop Gage Webinar, November 8, 2018
  • Speaker, Superstorm Sandy: Maximizing and Protecting Insurance Coverage, Webinar, November 15, 2012
  • Speaker, Insurance Implications of Japan’s Devastation and Its Global Impact, LA RIMS Education Day, October 19, 2011
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  • Los Angeles

    1888 Century Park East
    Suite 1000
    Los Angeles, CA 90067-1623
F: 310.789.4601

Assistant

Patricia Johnson
310.789.4673

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995 Order of the Coif; Special Projects Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 1993-1995

Yeshiva University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1992

Languages

Hebrew