Joshua W. B. Richards

Josh Richards focuses his practice on commercial and appellate litigation with a particular emphasis on matters involving higher education. Josh advises educational institutions in matters of litigation, compliance, and/or government investigations involving Title IX and other federal laws, employment disputes, student conduct matters, faculty relations, board governance, accreditation, minors on campus, and civil tort claims, including student death and abuse matters. Josh regularly conducts on-site training sessions for higher education clients regarding compliance with civil rights laws and the Clery Act, and also advises them on policy matters.
In addition to his work representing clients in a variety of commercial disputes, Josh has also litigated a number of appellate matters, including cases before the Second, Third, Fourth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and Pennsylvania’s appellate courts.

Higher education

  • Assisting in the defense of a large university facing multiple abuse allegations
  • Defense of universities in Title IX suits brought by disciplined male students
  • Representation of a large university in a comprehensive minors-on-campus policy review
  • Defense of educational institutions facing Title VII, ADA, and ADEA discrimination claims
  • Representation of a college in a dispute with a faculty member related to accusations of misconduct by the professor
  • Representation of a college in an IRS inquiry related to donor giving
  • Representation of a college seeking to move from a single-sex student body to become a co-educational institution
  • Advice to a large university regarding its corporate structure

Commercial and Appellate Litigation

  • Represented a large state university on an interlocutory appeal in the Pennsylvania Superior Court in a matter arising from multiple abuse allegations
  • Represented a national title insurance company in the Pennsylvania Superior Court in a matter related to insurance coverage
  • Defense of a high-profile trusts and estates matter in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court
  • Represented a group of amici in an appeal before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals related to the constitutionality of a national health care law
  • Represented a large insurer in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in an appeal arising from the arbitrability of the underlying case
  • Represented an international reinsurance company in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a landmark case related to the legal standard for arbitrator impartiality
  • Represented a chemical company on appeal in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals following a multi-million dollar adverse trial judgment
  • Defense of public companies facing derivative shareholder actions and allegations of securities fraud
  • Representation of a South American country in an action to enjoin arbitration in the U.S. in connection with its nationalization of its telecom sector
  • Representation of a debtor before the U.S. Supreme Court in an action challenging the government's interpretation of a U.S. Trustee's duty to object to exemptions under the Bankruptcy Code
  • Representation of petitioners in a matter before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the validity of portions of Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) on First Amendment grounds
  • Defense of a large asset management company in multiple class actions asserting securities law violations in connection with mutual funds 

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