Joshua S. Bolian

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Fax: 202.775.4510

Education:

J.D., Yale Law School, 2011

Book Reviews and Features Editor, Yale Law Journal

A.B.,  magna cum laude, Harvard University, 2007

Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia

New York

Joshua S. Bolian represents special situations investors in litigation, including bankruptcy and related proceedings, fiduciary-duty actions, and appeals. He also defends clients in the healthcare, defense, and legal fields in government enforcement actions and class actions.

Before joining Robbins Russell, Joshua was a consultant in the financial-services practice of Oliver Wyman and a clerk to the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Professional Activities, Publications, and Honors

  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2019, 2020)

  • Blocking Or Coercing Bond Transactions: Lessons From Recent Cases, ValueWalk (May 23, 2018)

  • Escobar FCA Impact Clearer After A Year Of Interpretation, Law360 (June 16, 2017)

  • Newsletter Editor, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Commercial & Business Litigation Committee

  • Briefed numerous successful appeals against the Republic of Argentina for holders of its defaulted bonds, culminating in $4.6 billion settlement.

  • Representing investment funds holding hundreds of millions of dollars of bonds issued by the Republic of Venezuela in litigation arising from the Republic’s default on its debt.

  • Wrote successful brief in opposition to petition urging the Supreme Court to stop the trustee of Bernard Madoff’s investment firm from clawing back billions of dollars of Ponzi scheme proceeds from overseas investors.

  • Challenged asset transfers by PetSmart, causing it to offer significantly more favorable terms to lenders under its $4.2 billion term loan.

  • Representing main group of holders of general-obligation bonds of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in the first restructuring for a state-level government.

  • Briefed successful appeal on whether a business in bankruptcy can reject a collective bargaining agreement, enabling Icahn Enterprises to acquire Trump Entertainment Resorts.

  • Briefed successful motion to dismiss a derivative lawsuit against Universal Health Services alleging that its directors ignored alleged problems in its behavioral health facilities.

  • Representing Pras Michel in litigation to reclaim from the United States over $37 million that it alleges was implicated in bank fraud connected to the 1MDB scandal.

  • Represented AmLaw 50 law firm in connection with a lawsuit by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Manhattan; no action was taken against client.

  • Represented executive of Fortune Global 10 company in connection with investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Manhattan; no action was taken against client.

  • Argued and won an immigration appeal, reversing two wins by the government, after being selected by the court to represent the immigrant pro bono.

  • Advise clients about litigation outcomes, including litigation risk posed by potential transactions.

About

Joshua S. Bolian represents special situations investors in litigation, including bankruptcy and related proceedings, fiduciary-duty actions, and appeals. He also defends clients in the healthcare, defense, and legal fields in government enforcement actions and class actions.

Before joining Robbins Russell, Joshua was a consultant in the financial-services practice of Oliver Wyman and a clerk to the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Professional Activities, Publications, and Honors

  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2019, 2020)

  • Blocking Or Coercing Bond Transactions: Lessons From Recent Cases, ValueWalk (May 23, 2018)

  • Escobar FCA Impact Clearer After A Year Of Interpretation, Law360 (June 16, 2017)

  • Newsletter Editor, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Commercial & Business Litigation Committee

Representative Matters
  • Briefed numerous successful appeals against the Republic of Argentina for holders of its defaulted bonds, culminating in $4.6 billion settlement.

  • Representing investment funds holding hundreds of millions of dollars of bonds issued by the Republic of Venezuela in litigation arising from the Republic’s default on its debt.

  • Wrote successful brief in opposition to petition urging the Supreme Court to stop the trustee of Bernard Madoff’s investment firm from clawing back billions of dollars of Ponzi scheme proceeds from overseas investors.

  • Challenged asset transfers by PetSmart, causing it to offer significantly more favorable terms to lenders under its $4.2 billion term loan.

  • Representing main group of holders of general-obligation bonds of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in the first restructuring for a state-level government.

  • Briefed successful appeal on whether a business in bankruptcy can reject a collective bargaining agreement, enabling Icahn Enterprises to acquire Trump Entertainment Resorts.

  • Briefed successful motion to dismiss a derivative lawsuit against Universal Health Services alleging that its directors ignored alleged problems in its behavioral health facilities.

  • Representing Pras Michel in litigation to reclaim from the United States over $37 million that it alleges was implicated in bank fraud connected to the 1MDB scandal.

  • Represented AmLaw 50 law firm in connection with a lawsuit by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Manhattan; no action was taken against client.

  • Represented executive of Fortune Global 10 company in connection with investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Manhattan; no action was taken against client.

  • Argued and won an immigration appeal, reversing two wins by the government, after being selected by the court to represent the immigrant pro bono.

  • Advise clients about litigation outcomes, including litigation risk posed by potential transactions.