Joshua Bachrach: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Joshua Bachrach

Phone215.606.3906

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Life
  • Employee Benefits
  • Health
  • Disability & ERISA
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 215.606.3906
Fax: 215.627.2665
http://www.wilsonelser.com/attorneys/joshua_bachrach
 
University Temple University, B.A., 1986
 
Law SchoolWidener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1993
 
Admitted1993, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan; U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York; U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota; U.S. Court of Appeals, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court
 
Memberships 

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association
DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar

 
Biography

Joshua B achrach represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States in litigation involving ERISA and non-ERISA disputes over disability, life and health coverage as well as disputes over pension benefits. Josh also represents insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation. He is a frequent speaker at national seminars on ERISA-related subjects and has written numerous articles on ERISA and related topics.

Josh is regarded as a valuable resource based on his knowledge of ERISA, life, health and disability law as well as his appellate work. He is often engaged nationally in litigation matters and he is frequently consulted to evaluate issues prior to the commencement of litigation. Josh has personally handled several hundred ERISA cases nationally.

Awards & Distinctions

AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Program Chair for the 2015 DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Seminar
Former editor-in-chief of the ABA-TIPS Law Journal
Former chair of the Health and Disability Law Committee of the ABA TIPS Section

Areas of Focus

Appellate
Josh has argued appeals before nearly all of the U.S. Courts of Appeals as well as the Supreme Court of Alaska and Pennsylvania appellate courts.

Life, Health, Disability & ERISA
Josh is national counsel for several major disability and life insurers. In that capacity he represents clients in all phases of litigation throughout the United States. In addition, he consults with clients on issues involving claim administration and plan language. Josh also provides representation and advice to self-funded employee benefit plans.

Events

Josh Bachrach to Chair DRI's Annual Life, Health, Disability & ERISA Seminar

Speaking Engagements

April 15-17, 2015

DRI'S Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Seminar

Disability Insurance Law Update

Seminars/Webinars

May 1, 2014

DRIs Life, Health, Disability & ERISA Seminar

Legal versus Factual Disabilities and the Risk of Relapse as Disabling Conditions

Speaking Engagements

January 2011

37th Annual ABA-TIPS Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits

Additional Events

ERISA Survey of the Federal Circuits: A Practitioner's Guide to Emerging Issues, ABA Annual Meeting (August 2010)
Attorneys Fees Under ERISA After the Supreme Courts Decision in Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., ABA-TIPS Teleconference (July 2010)
Supreme Court Update on ERISA Issues, ABA Joint Committee of Employee Benefits (July 2010)
Unique Strategies for Recurring Issues in the ERISA Claim Process, DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Claims Seminar (April 2010)
The Ins and Outs of Plan Amendment and Vesting, DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Claims Seminar (April 2010)
Fundamentals and Current Issues of Fiduciary Duty Litigation, DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Claims Seminar (April 2010)
The Obama Administrations Impact on ERISA and Health & Disability Insurance, 36th Annual ABA-TIPS Midwinter Symposium on Issues Relating to Life, Health & Disability Insurance, Insurance Regulation, and Employee Benefits and Reinsurance (January 2010)
MythBusters: Responding to Common Plaintiff's Arguments, DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Claims Seminar (April 2009)

News

Bloomberg BNA Legal Quotes Josh Bachrach on ERISA Venue Selection

June 4, 2015

Insurance Law Daily Covers Case Involving Wilson Elser's Insurer-Client Represented by Joshua Bachrach

Insurance Law Daily

July 29, 2014

Publications

Fly with the Eagles: Defeat the Reptile

The Transportation Lawyer

February 17, 2015

 
Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Killen v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., __ F.3d __, 2015 WL 127379 (5th Cir. 2015); Hampton v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 769 F.3d 597 (8th Cir. 2014); Tetreault v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 769 F.3d 49 (1st Cir. 2014); Gross v. Sun Life Assur. Co. of Canada, 734 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2013); Lemons v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 16409 (3d Cir. 2013); Combs v. Reliance Std. Life Ins. Co., 511 Fed.Appx. 468 (6th Cir.2013); Jimenez v. Sun Life and Health Ins. Co., 486 F. Appx 398, 406 (5th Cir. 2012); Bauer v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 421 Fed. Appx. 226 (3d Cir. 2011). Est. of Hinkle v. Assurant Employee Benefits, 390 Fed. Appx. 105 (3d Cir. 2010). Balmert v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 601 F.3d 497 (6th Cir. 2010). Gunn v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 399 Fed. Appx. 147 (9th Cir. 2010). Gagliano v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 547 F.3d 230 (4th Cir. 2008). Mohnkern v. Professional Ins. Co., 542 F.3d 157 (6th Cir. 2008).
 
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Third Circuit Adopts Catalyst Theory in ERISA Cases for Attorney Fee Awards
Joshua Bachrach, May 27, 2015
Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), “the court in its discretion may allow a reasonable attorney’s fee and costs of action to either party.” The discretion of a court to award fees is not unfettered. Reviewing the language in the ERISA statute, the...

Seller Beware: Eighth Circuit Finds Insurer Potentially Liable for Enrollment Mistakes of Employer
Joshua Bachrach, March 5, 2015
In Silva v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 762 F.3d 711 (8th Cir. 2014), the Eighth Circuit joined a number of other circuits in recognizing equitable remedies of reformation and surcharge based on a breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA. The claim for supplemental life insurance benefits...


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Joshua Bachrach

Independence Square West, Suite 1130 East
PhiladelphiaPA 19106-3308




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