Joshua S. Bauchner serves as the chair of the Cannabis and Psychedelics Practice Group and is a Partner in the Litigation and Bankruptcy practice groups. He brings a depth of expertise and dedication to the practice, where he is involved in complex commercial and securities litigation, class actions, and bankruptcy-related issues. His areas of specialization include:
- Enforcement of commercial contracts such as lease agreements, guaranties, purchase and sale contracts, and commission agreements.
- Litigation of partnership disputes.
- Defense against class actions stemming from alleged violations of consumer protection statutes.
- Addressing claims originating from insurance coverage denials.
- Defense against commercial foreclosure actions.
In the ever-evolving area of psychoactive substances, Josh was instrumental in co-hosting the inaugural Cannabis Symposium in New Jersey, attracting nearly a thousand attendees, with subsequent symposia continuing to garner attention. As a notable member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee, the NORML Legal Committee, and the Amicus Committee, he received the New Jersey Law Journal’s Innovator of the Year Award.*
A passion for education and community development, as a licensed real estate instructor in New York, he educates aspiring real estate professionals, and he has served as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School.
After graduating from law school, Josh had the honor of clerking for the Honorable Ursula Ungaro at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Legal Division at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.
Josh is deeply involved in his community. He was appointed by the Manhattan Borough President to Manhattan Community Board 10, where he served as the Board’s treasurer and co-chaired the Committee on Land Use. Additionally, he has played an active role on the Board of Trustees for Wheaton College, the New York Theater Ballet, Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance, and the Harlem Wellness Center.
His extensive experience is also evident in representative matters, ranging from construction and design defect claims to defending corporate clients against securities fraud claims presented by the SEC and DOJ.
He is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey as well as the United States District Court of Michigan, The United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuit.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Joshua’s thoughts and perspectives have been featured in numerous publications, shedding light on diverse areas such as cannabis laws, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy, and the intricacies of negligence claims.
*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or the American Bar Association. A description of the standard or methodology used by the New Jersey Law Journal, can be found here.
Areas of Practice
- Cannabis and Psychedelics(Chair)
- Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
- New York Bar
- New Jersey Bar
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Western District of New York
- United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2001
- Wheaton College, B.A., cum laude, 1995
- New Jersey Law Journal’s Innovator of the Year Award
- “Managing Medical Marijuana in the Workplace,” GreenEntrepreneur (April 3, 2019)
- “Staying Ahead of New Cannabis Laws,” IndustryWeek (March 28, 2019)
- “New Jersey’s Cannabis Industry Is Growing: Where Does It Grow from Here?” High Times Magazine
- “Creditors Rights in Bankruptcy: How to Keep from Losing Your Shirt,” Retail Info Systems (Feb. 20, 2019)
- “NJ Arbitration Ruling Puts Burden On Employers” (April, 5, 2018)
- “The NJ Construction Lien Law: A Powerful, Equitable Tool,” New Jersey Law Journal (Oct. 3, 2016)
- “Brokers Beware: NJ Real Estate License Act has Strict Requirements,” New Jersey Law Journal (Feb. 29, 2016)
- “The Linear Construct of A Negligence Claim,” New Jersey Law Journal (March 23, 2015)
- “Let Them Plead in the Alternative,” New York Law Journal (Sept. 12, 2014)
- “The False Hope of Lost Profits Damages,” New York Law Journal (Sept. 27, 2013)
- “Fending Off The Appointment of a Receiver,” New Jersey Law Journal (July 1, 2013)
- “Bankruptcy Trustee’s Avoidance Rights Are Nearly Limitless,” Law360 (Oct. 22, 2012)
- “Spotlight on Section 550 of the Bankruptcy Code,” Law360 (July 18, 2012)
- “The Forgotten Bank Holding Company Act of 1972,” Law360 (June 12, 2012)