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Josh Rievman specializes in the litigation and arbitration of commercial disputes. Josh has successfully represented clients in jury and non-jury trials in New York State and federal courts, in state and federal appellate proceedings and in arbitration locally and internationally. Josh also counsels employees and employers with respect to separation, onboarding and internal investigations.

Additionally, Josh represents clients on a broad range of issues, including actions arising out of domestic and international commercial transactions, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, licensing, products liability, trademark, securities, partnerships, banking transactions, technology, professional sports contracts and bankruptcy.

Josh is an active member of Legus, the international network of law firms, in which he is a member of its Advisory Board and marketing committee, and is a frequent speaker at Legus conferences. Josh is also a member of the Congress of Fellows of the Center for International Legal Studies.

Josh is a frequent speaker on issues related to the litigation and arbitration of international and domestic commercial disputes. His speaking topics have included “New York As an Ideal Forum to Litigate International Disputes: The Success of the Commercial Division,” “Licensing of IP Rights: Issues and Considerations for Drafting and Litigation,” “Discovery in the United States In Aid of Foreign Litigation Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. § 1782” and “How the Creep of United States Litigation-Style Discovery and Appellate Rights Affects the Efficiency and Cost-Efficacy of Arbitration.”

Josh is also the author of "Is the Door Open to United States Discovery in Aid of Foreign Arbitration Proceedings" published in International Dispute Resolution, Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, 2010 (Wolters Kluwer, 2010) and “U.S. Discovery in Aid of Foreign Arbitration Proceedings” published in the New York Law Journal.

Josh is admitted to practice before the courts of New York and Connecticut, the U.S. District Courts in and for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

He graduated from Duke University, cum laude, in 1986 and from Boston College Law School, cum laude, in 1990 where he was the Executive Editor of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, in which he published, “Judicial Scrutiny of Native American Free Exercise Rights: Lyng and the Decline of the Yoder Doctrine”, 17 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 169 (1989). Josh has an AV/Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Representative Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Currently represents minority shareholders of famous restaurant brand in litigation regarding majority shareholders’ breach of fiduciary duty by licensing the brand’s intellectual property to themselves at well below the market rates.
  • Currently represents former owners of service-disabled-veteran-owned fund manager in litigation against bank which caused its demise by withdrawing approval for loan.
  • Recently represented an aircraft leasing company in litigation regarding proper interpretation of a multi-billion dollar acquisition agreement.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of investment bank in recovery of finder’s fee.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing state agency from litigation involving housing assistance payment contract under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act.
  • Obtained dismissal of five products liability actions in two states against mobile phone manufacturer alleging harm from radiation exposure or injury as a result of 9-1-1 systems’ alleged failure to locate victims’ phones.
  • Represented 50% owner of Ukrainian television channel in litigation over control of channel.
  • Represented manufacturer of chemical compounds used in thin film solar photovoltaics on claims of breach of contract and fraud.
  • Represented terminated franchisee in contract action against Major League Baseball’s merchandising company.
  • Represented mobile telephone manufacturer defending breach of contract claim by advertising agency.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing action against state agency in litigation alleging responsibility for financing defective construction.
  • Obtained dismissal for French electronics manufacturer defending action by investment bank seeking finder’s fee.
  • Obtained judgment for Norwegian software company in ICDR arbitration.
  • Obtained judgment for Singaporean commodities trader in litigation regarding purchase of cargo of cashew nuts.

Representative Employment Law & Executive Counseling

  • Represents a whistleblowing executive against former employer.
  • Represented investment banker against former employer for breach of contract arising out of bank’s refusal to pay out amounts due under deferred compensation plan.
  • Obtained vacature of $4.3 million jury award in favor of former employee against French owners of modeling agency, for wrongful termination and personal injury due to alleged exposure to second-hand smoke. 
  • Represented French owners of modeling agency defending class action by models claiming agency fees violated New York law.
  • Represented French owner of New York modeling agency defending claims of individual model.
  • Represented former executive of construction company in contract action against former employer, to enforce agreement to share profits.
  • Represented dozens of executives in separation and onboarding negotiations with employers.

Representative Securities Litigation, White Collar Defense, and Internal Investigations

  • Represented Chief Legal Officer of public company in FCPA investigation.
  • Represented Chief Revenue Officer of public company in revenue recognition investigation.
  • Conducted financial investigation for privately held chemical producer.
  • Represented Singaporean investor in civil enforcement action by SEC alleging insider trading.
  • Represented Singaporean investor in Singapore based ICDR arbitration brought by U.S. brokerage.



Boston College Law School, J.D., 1990, cum laude
Executive Editor, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

Duke University, A.B., 1986, cum laude
New York
AV/Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Related Practices:
Corporate & Commercial
Employment Law

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