Joshua J. Voss
Josh is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department and is a member of the Government Relations and Political Law groups. He focuses his practice on state government litigation, appellate practice, grand jury investigations, and Right-to-Know law/open records litigation.
Josh advises clients on interactions with state government, including advice regarding enacted or pending legislation/regulations, potential challenges to state government laws and administrative decisions, and responding to state government inquiries. Josh’s experience includes appellate matters before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Superior Court, and the Commonwealth Court, as well as several matters in the Commonwealth Court’s original jurisdiction. Josh also has a matter pending in the United States Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction.
Josh was valedictorian of the inaugural class of Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University. Outside of the firm, Josh is a youth baseball coach and volunteer.
- Represented the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Caucus in challenge involving scope of Governor’s authority during COVID-19 pandemic.
- Filed challenge in Commonwealth Court regarding scope of privilege afforded religious leaders.
- Filed amicus brief in Pennsylvania Supreme Court on issue of “discovery rule.”
- Filed amicus brief in Commonwealth Court on issue of “separation of powers.”
- Filed amicus brief in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in death penalty matter.
- Sought and received summary judgment in federal court under “borrowed servant doctrine.”
- Defeated quo warranto challenge to sitting District Attorney’s right to hold office in matter involving interpretation of the County Code.
- In Election Code challenge, sought and received court order removing candidate from primary ballot because of his ineligibility for office under the Pennsylvania Constitution.
- Sought and received allowance of appeal from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on issues of first impression regarding negligence duty of care and liability waivers in college athletics.
- Represented two State Senators in quo warranto action against county sheriff, resulting in sheriff’s resignation after injunction hearing.
- Successfully defended Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in Commonwealth Court and Supreme Court in matter concerning contractual and administrative law dispute with former officer.
- Successfully sought order from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in its King’s Bench jurisdiction granting relief to the Pennsylvania Senate from a Court-ordered deadline.
- Successfully defended constitutionality of Pennsylvania ballot question regarding retirement age for judges.
- Defended Commonwealth Court challenge to Pennsylvania’s presidential election results.
- Representing Pennsylvania Treasury in matter pending in the United States Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction.
- Successfully defended municipality in appeal regarding Liquor Code matter.
- Sought and received emergency injunctive relief from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding discovery of sensitive client documents.
- Sought and received allocatur in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a Right-to-Know Law matter involving the attorney-client privilege and issues of waiver.
- Prosecuted statutory and constitutional challenge to federal law, seeking and receiving emergency injunctive relief from the Third Circuit on appeal.
- Represented Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman in successfully suing the NCAA to revoke the NCAA’s “Consent Decree” and all accompanying punishments on Penn State University, and in defending the constitutionality of a state law directing the NCAA’s unprecedented $60 million fine of Penn State fund child abuse programs in Pennsylvania.
- Defended attorney in discovery challenge related to multibillion dollar fraud and RICO civil suit.
- Defended constitutionality of state law in First Amendment challenge in federal court.
- Represented the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Caucus before the Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a lawsuit successfully challenging the Governor’s authority to terminate the Executive Director of the Office of Open Records.
- Represented grocery store in appeal to the Commonwealth Court from administrative agency decision; sought and received an injunction pending appeal after administrative agency first denied the request.
Recognition & Accomplishments
- Forty under Forty, Drexel Magazine, 2016
Coach & Volunteer, Youth Baseball
David Hyman quoted in Philadelphia Business Journal on Dougherty’s Resignation and the Potential Impacts on the Community