Joshua H. Stern

Joshua H. Stern

Special Counsel

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Joshua Stern specializes in litigation, focusing the majority of his practice on negligence defense and commercial litigation. He brings to the firm his experience handling manifold civil actions including but not limited to breach of contract, premises liability, labor law, toxic torts, product liability, international torts, property damage, and declaratory judgment actions for insurance coverage disputes. He represents insurance policyholders, uninsured businesses and individuals, municipalities, public figures, and insurance companies.

As lead trial counsel, Josh handles his clients’ cases from inception through verdict, including post-trial motion practice and appellate work with great success. Josh has obtained several unanimous jury defense verdicts and won countless summary judgment decisions in favor of landlords, municipalities, and homeowners sued for personal injuries claimed to have been sustained as a result of allegedly dangerous code violations, toxins, staircases, and multifarious other averred defective conditions. He has also had several of his clients’ favorable decisions upheld, and unfavorable decisions overturned, in appellate courts.

Josh earned his Bachelor’s at Baruch College and his J.D. at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where he received several honors and awards, was a legal volunteer in the school’s Pro Bono Project, serving residents of New Orleans, as well as associate editor-in-chief of the Moot Court Honor Society. He has returned to Touro as a guest lecturer on “The Art of Conducting the Deposition.” While pursuing his degree, Josh also gained valuable experience as a legal intern with the Hon. Michele Woodard in the Nassau County Supreme Court.

Representative Matters
  • Achieved unanimous jury defense verdict in a commercial action involving the alleged breach of a lobbying contract with $500,000 of personal assets at risk
  • Judge directed verdict in defendant-board-of-managers’ favor after a bench trial regarding allegations of the defendant’s breach of fiduciary duty and malfeasance in lawsuit for $300,000
  • Judge granted an insurer client’s petition after a bench trial declaring that the insurer did not owe defense and indemnification to its assured
  • Appellate court upheld a summary judgment in favor of homeowners rejecting the plaintiff’s attempted reliance on res ipsa loquitur in a traumatic brain injury case involving a defective piston
  • Appellate Term upheld a lower court’s decision granting summary judgment in favor of the client, a landlord whose tenant bit a passerby, resulting in severe injuries including surgical intervention and the implantation of hardware
  • Appellate court upheld a decision dismissing a case against a grocery store when the plaintiff fell on an allegedly concealed basket discarded near a checkout counter
  • Won declaratory judgment action in favor of an insurance company holding that it did not owe defense or indemnification to its assured; the Appellate Division First Department upheld the judgment and denied further appeal to the New York Court of Appeals
Honors
  • The Pro Bono Project Service and Honor Award
Training and Certifications
  • Department of Labor OSHA 10-Hour Construction Training
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Education
  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2010
  • Baruch College, B.A., 2005